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China's Forrest Gump finishes marathon journey

By Deng Zhangyu (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2012-09-04 17:50

A worker dubbed China's Forrest Gump arrived home on Aug 27, the final destination of a run covering tens of thousands kilometers across China.

Xie Zhanjun, 33, wore out 20 pairs of shoes during his 172-day run, Southern Daily reported on Tuesday.

Xie retraced the route of the Long March, a famous military maneuver led by the Red Army of the Communist Party of China in the 1930s. He set off in March from Ruijin, East China's Jiangxi province, and arrived in Yan'an, a city of Northwest China's Shaanxi province in July, the report said.

In support of the Olympic Games Xie continued running to Beijing and finally ended up at his hometown in Central China's Henan province. Xie said he ran 589 km more than his goal of 10,000 km, the report said.

Over the long route, Xie spent 60,000 yuan ($9462) on 20 pairs of shoes. Xie said he had conquered five snowy mountains in just 13 days.

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