Thrill-seeking runners take sport – and spending – to rural China

A participant runs through a desert near the Longyangxia Reservoir in Gonghe County as she competes in the Super Salmon ultra-marathon, Qinghai province, China, August 11, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

LONGYANGXIA, China (Reuters) – At dawn, high on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, a Buddhist monk in saffron robes chants blessings over limber athletes preparing to run 100 kilometers across sand dunes, rivers and ravines. The crowd of sporty, middle-class urbanites had spent thousands of yuan to travel to Longyangxia Reservoir in northwestern Qinghai province for an […]

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