The Hefei International Marathon is slated to kick off on Saturday in Hefei, capital of East China's Anhui Province.
Jointly sponsored by China Athletic Association, Anhui Provincial Administration of Sport and the Hefei Municipal Government, the event in its third year is expected to attract 26,000 runners from around the world
China Central Television (CCTV) will broadcast live the race, which is also the fifth leg of Chinese National Marathon Championship.
Runners will compete in four separate races: a full marathon (42.195 km), a half marathon (21.0975 km), a mini marathon (5 km) and a kids/family run (1.7 km).
The race will pass the Chaohu Lake, one of China's five largest freshwater lakes.