Greetings from Beijing!
My how things have changed a bit, somewhat, in China. Last week I did a 10K road race around Tiananmen Square. You know, THE Tiananmen Square. Well it was supposed to be a 10 K road race (four times around the 2.5K gray concrete-tiled square, which is the worlds largest) for charity but the Chinese police shut it down after about 30 minutes. I guess they were getting nervous, who knows, so I was only able to get two laps in. Some of the faster ones in my group did get to go around three times and one even completed the race but most of the slow pokes did just two laps.
Needless to say, the Chinese authorities watched over this race very carefully. At the beginning of the race, instead of one mass exodus just like a marathon, there were 15 groups of about 200 people. The first group went off, followed by the second, followed by the third and so on. By the time we got off we were in the middle of the pack. By that time, if I had any thoughts of winning the race it was now impossible. But somehow I knew that wasnt going to happen because on a good day I run a 10- minute mile. After the race, the running group that I belong to, The Hash House Harriers, a group of beer drinking, expat misfits went out for some Chinese food and beer. We had a terrific time.
Off to Shanghai, Suzhou, Yangzhou and Nanjing next week.
November 20th, 2000, Beijing
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