Teng beat her personal best in the competition while enjoying her short stay in the city.
“People here in Changchun are warm. I was greeted with cheers all the way to the finish line,” said Teng. “I also learned a lot about the history, architecture and culture of the city.”
In the past few years, Teng has concluded around 10 marathons, five of which were located outside Beijing. Her calendar in terms of race has taken her to Guangdong, Henan, Shaanxi, Jilin and Zhejiang provinces.
After her work, she left for Beijing on Friday and returned before Monday. Besides running, she tasted local cuisine and dropped by some tourist attractions in the city.
Teng is part of a growing trend that witnessed many marathon runners travel across the country to race since 2015.
According to Chinese Athletic Association (CAA), almost 5 million people took part in 1,102 marathon races last year.
The Changchun International Marathon 2018, hosted on June 3, succeeded in luring over 30,000 runners at home and abroad.
Back in 2017 Beijing Marathon, most renowned running event in China, 70 percent of around 98,687 registered runners were from outside Beijing. In the 2017 Wuxi Marathon, out-of-towners accounted for a staggering 90 percent.
“Marathons are a great catalyst for tourism, with tens of thousands of people traveling to, staying, dining and shopping in a single city over several days,” said Shui Tao, vice secretary general of the CAA.