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In all, 258 runners in Sunday's race were punished for various methods of cheating, including having fake bib numbers and hiring impostors, organizers said, according to Xinhua.
Organizers found “a great number” had taken shortcuts, Xinhua reported.
Traffic police in Shenzhen released video from a traffic camera that showed alleged cheaters cutting through trees along the course.
Music accompanying the video croons, “We are not the same," while on-screen text reads, "That's not how it’s played."
ABC News' Karson Yiu contributed to this report from Beijing.