On December 16, the press conference of the 17th Asian Marathon Championships Dongguan International Marathon 2019 was hosted. The press conference covered such aspects as preparation for the event, traffic control and medical services. Huang Fuquan, a consultant with the office of the municipal government, Lu Shiqiang, Director of Culture, Radio, Film, Television, Tourism and Sports Bureau of Dongguan Municipality and other officials attended the press conference.
Lu Shiqiang expressed that Dongguan International Marathon is of higher level as it is jointly hosted with the Asian Marathon Championships. Technology experts, private entrepreneurs, investors of major projects, delegates from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao, model workers, famous athletes, and artists will be invited to form a characteristic square-shaped formation. The event will present a deep integration of sports, culture and tourism to reflect Dongguan’s city image. 5G technology will be applied to transmit the event.
In terms of traffic control arrangement, the first train of Dongguan Metro Line 2 will be advanced to 4:45 am. Shuttle buses are also arranged and marathon runners with their race bibs can take the bus for free. Dongguan traffic police has already formulated control plan and diverge lanes along the towns and districts (industrial parks) involved in the marathon in an effort to ensure smooth traffic.
With regard to medical services, Dongguan Municipal Health Bureau plans to adopt both land and air transport. To ensure timely rescue in an emergency, 39 medical stations along the marathon course will be installed with 515 medical staff and 800 medical volunteers being equipped and 80 emergency vehicles and 2 medical helicopters will be arranged.