Senior aged 70 completes 20 marathons

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Yu Yonghe, 70, has run through nearly the whole country over the past eight years, and he has completed 20-plus full marathons, feats that have won him great support from young runners, according to Changchun Daily.

Yu Yonghe competes in marathon held in Liupanshui city, Southwest China's Guizhou province, on Aug 18, 2013. [Photo provided to]

Yu, a retired electrician in Changchun, capital city of Northeast China's Jilin province, started training for long-distance running daily after retirement in 2009, it said.

He's famous among local marathon enthusiasts and has attracted lots of followers.

"Long-distance running requires perseverance and good physical strength," he said in the report. "Initially, physical strength was a challenge, but my perseverance conquered it."

He has also received support and encouragement from his family members.

Yu's 21-year-old granddaughter made a documentary on him and it won lots of praise on the internet.

"I hope I can record my grandfather's persistence in running, which may greatly encourage more people to participate in sports," said the granddaughter Chen Guanxin, a college student at Northeast Normal University in Changchun.

"My classmates and I were deeply moved by my grandfather during the filming," Chen said.

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