Since arriving in China in the late 1980s the country’s skate scene has been growing gradually. With the rapidly growing skate-savvy youth of the city and increasing skate-tourism, Shanghai looks poised to become one of the top skating cities in the world.
Yesterdays blog stated that Shanghai Squared’s own Colin Johnson would be running the full 26 miles of today’s marathorn and joked he might do it in under two hours, nine minutes (the current record).
Imagine my disbelief when received a text from the man himself announcing that he had finished in just one hour and 26 minutes, thereby smashing the record. It took a few seconds for the penny to drop that Colin was only running the half marathon. The American college graduate has indeed not beaten the skinny Ethiopian record holder, this time.
I therefore have two appologies to make:
First, I apologise to our readers for publishing inaccurate information (a journalistic sin of the highest order.) Second, to Colin for somewhat undermining his actually achievement.
I’d like to finish this amendment by congratulating Colin Johnson on finishing today’s (not to be undermined) half-marathon in a very impressive 193 place (one hour and 26 mins).
Tomorrow sees Shanghai’s 11th annual international marathon. Shanghai Squared’s own, Colin Johnson, is running all 26 miles with a predicted 18,000 other runners.
The race starts on Nanjing Dong Lu Pedestrian Street and finishes by the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center in Pudong. This being China, the course has been specially designed to show off the cities most impressive landmarks.
The race record was set in 2008 at two hours, nine minutes and nine seconds by Melese Gashaw from Ethopia.
Let’s see if Colin can knock a few minutes off it. Good luck.