外文标题：Smog turns Beijing marathon into mask run
BEIJING: Thousands of runners battled thick smog at the Beijing Marathon on Sunday, with some athletes donning masks as air pollution soared to 16 times the maximum recommended level.
Organizers rejected calls to postpone the race despite the soupy white haze over the Chinese capital, but said they had laid on extra medical staff to treat injuries among the more than 25,000 registered runners.
The level of small pollutant particles known as PM2.5, which can embed themselves deep in the lungs, reached more than 400 micrograms per cubic metre in parts of Beijing as the racers lined up. The World Health Organization's recommended daily maximum average exposure is 25. The US embassy in Beijing described the air on Sunday as "hazardous".
"When I looked at the state of the mask after 10km I decided enough was enough," said British runner Chas Pope, 39, after dropping out of the race. "It felt pretty ridiculous given we're meant to be running for health and fitness."
Many top long-distance athletes stayed away from the race, which was won by Ethiopia's Girmay Birhanu Gebru in two hours, 10 minutes and 42 seconds. His compatriot Fatuma Sado Dergo was the fastest woman with a time of 2:30:03.
许多最优秀的长跑选手没有参加此次比赛。最终，来自埃塞俄比亚的格布鲁以2小时10分42秒获得2014年北京国际马拉松赛全程冠军。他的同胞Fatuma Sado Dergo以2小时30分03秒成为此次比赛跑得最快的女选手。
Amir Shandiwan ()
No reason to stop running
Vishal Padihari (Unknown)
This can be a very good ADD film for awareness to pollution.... At least people should now balance their materialistic growth objective with nature...
what is the UN doing ? What are international sports body doing?