WUHAN, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- The 2019 Shiyan International Marathon was held on Sunday near the Danjiangkou Reservoir in central China's Hubei province, the starting point for the middle route of China's south-north water diversion project, the largest of its kind in the world.
More than 10,000 runners from China and overseas took part in the marathon on Sunday. After fierce competition, Chinese runner Qin Xinhao won the men's marathon at 2:44:55, while Wu Xiaofang claimed the women's title at 3:14:09. In the men's half marathon, Zhang Donghao took gold in a time of 1:08:42, while Chen Yanlin won the women's half marathon in 1:33:13.
The south-to-north water diversion project, the world's largest, takes water from the Yangtze River to feed dry areas in the north through eastern, middle and western routes. The middle route begins at Danjiangkou Reservoir and runs through Henan and Hebei provinces before reaching the cities of Beijing and Tianjin.
The route of the marathon on Sunday was mapped out about 20 kilometers away from Danjiangkou Reservoir along the Han River, the largest tributary of the Yangtze River.
"While feasting my eyes along the route, I can see clean water flowing towards the reservoir along the river," said runner Wang coming from Beijing. "It's my first time to see where the water I drink every day in Beijing comes from."
The diversion project now provides 70 percent of Beijing's water supply. By 2050, as many as 440 million people could benefit from the diversion of 44.8 billion cubic meters of water each year.