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'Selfie' picture causes marathon pile-up

ESPN staff
September 18, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »

Organisers of the Hong Kong Marathon have asked runners not to take 'selfie' pictures at the next staging of the event in February after a pile-up this year when a woman stopped to take a picture of herself at the start of the race.

Ruling out a ban on mobile phones as "impractical", the organisers said they would do all they could to promote the no-selfie message in the build-up to the race.

"For the race itself, we will have officials to hold some message boards to remind people not to take photos at the start, on the route or at the finish because it is dangerous," explained William Ko, chairman of the organising committee.

The South China Morning Post said the incident in this year's race happened when a woman dropped her phone as she tried to take a selfie. As she bent to pick it up, runners behind fell over her, causing significant disruption.

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