— Shayamal Vallabhjee (@shayamalv) November 29, 2015
In a city of a more than 16 million people, it’s no surprise that New Delhi is the world’s most polluted city.
On Sunday morning, more than 30,000 runners faced “very poor” air conditions at the Delhi Half-Marathon and its associated races weaving through the streets of the fifth-most populous metropolis in the world.
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The event was won by Ethiopia’s Birhanu Legese (59:20) on the men’s side and Kenya’s Cynthia Limo (1:08:35) in the women’s race as both winners took home $36,000 for their efforts.
— ADHM (@runadhm) November 29, 2015
Despite the pollution, the race remains one of the world’s fastest as five men broke the 59:30 barrier. Only two other half-marathons have had five men run under 59:30.
Twelve other Indian cities ranked among the world’s top-20 most polluted locations as the country faces environmental issues of overpopulation, lack of infrastructure, and water scarcity.