Many of the participants spoke out. Lu Zhen, a 25-year-old Beijing resident who participated in this year's marathon, welcomed the mandate. Lu said the locations and shortage of temporary toilets has been a problem, with only a few at the starting line, with competitors shivering in the cold while waiting their turn to use the facilities. "You have to wait six minutes for your turn," he said. "You need some two hours to finish the competition as an experienced runner, and the amateur needs four to five hours, and you can't simply hold it."
Luo Yin, another participant in this year's marathon, said the limited number of temporary toilets made things very difficult and especially embarrassing for female competitors "Guys can urinate outside, whereas the girls can only hold it or wait in line," she said.
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