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The number of marathons and amateur long-distance runners in China continued to grow in 2015, but along with this growing enthusiasm for the sport has come a greater awareness of the risks such events bring.

A total of 134 marathons were held in 2015, 10 times more than five years ago, attracting 1.5 million participants, the Chinese Athletic Association (CAA)reported.

However Men's Nike Air Force 1 07 Low Gold White Sale , deaths during races - five runners died in 2015 alone - have worried many Chinese amateur athletes, who are now demanding that organizers take effective steps to prevent such tragedies.

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"The CAA lowered the standard for holding marathons as well as waiving registration fees in 2015. Such measures have partly led to the growth of marathons in 2015," a Beijing-based marathon expert surnamed Chen told the Global Times.

Besides, the central government's investment in sports has attracted many organizations and companies to promote marathons in China.

In October 2014, the State Council announced that it would boost the sports sector in an attempt to help the industry reach a value of 5 trillion yuan ($800 billion) by the end of 2025.

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Rising public awareness of health has also attracted more people to try the sport, Chen added.

Eighty percent of Chinese sports lovers have bought running shoes, while 71 percent of men and 69 percent of women said that running is their favorite exercise, according to a survey by Nielsen, a New York-based global information company.

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"Seven to eight times as many runners compete in US marathons as in Chinese races, the sport's booming has just begun in China," Lynne Zhang of Nielsen in China said in a report.

Lurking dangers

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Five participants died during Chinese marathons in 2015, CAA's report read.

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