Dalian is famous as a sport city. It has been home to many world track and field champions, among them Ms. Wang Junxia won a gold and a sliver medals in the 1996'' Atlanta Olympic Games.
She was also the recipient of the Owens Awards, the first Asian who won the honor. Since 1987, the race has been held on the last Sunday of October every year.
Thousands of athletes and amateurs from home and abroad participate in it. It was later upgraded to an international event upon approval by the World Track & Field League in 1997.
The annual Dalian International Marathon Tournament was initated in 1987 and is classified as a formal race in 1997 by the Intenational Federatin of Track and Field Events. Athletes from more than 20 countries and regions have come to Dalian for this great event. At the 14th Dalian International Marathon Tournament, the athletes from 'Majia Team'won four of the championships.