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Runners take sport, and spending, to China’s countryside

Reuters, LONGYANGXIA, China

Many trail runners build their lives, and spending habits, around the sport.

He Runyu, an energetic business management professor at Beijing’s Science and Technology University, became serious about long-distance running about the same time he gave up meat and drinking.

He now averages about 10 races a year, just for fun.

“I need to look forward to it to enjoy it,” he said. “You need a place with good scenery that challenges you; every time something new.”

He estimates that he spends tens of thousands of yuan every year on running. At the Longyangxia race, he had to drop out with an ankle injury, but put more than 3,000 yuan into the trip.

“Everyone always thinks that running is really cheap. Before I started, I thought the same, but I realized running is very expensive,” he said.

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