Such jokes continue to ferment on the Internet, netizens questioned: Is this to be funny? The organizing committee is really uneducated!
The Shangluo International Marathon in 2019 also responded quickly, expressing regret:
Letter of apology
On September 21, 2019, the Shangluo International Marathon came to a successful conclusion in Shangluo. I sincerely thank all the participants and runners who care, support and actively participate in it. Because of our inadequate experience in holding the first international marathon event, we have not done meticulous work, rigorous work, inadequate auditing and inspection in the process of making the medals for the horse-horse event. We have mistakenly made the word martingale of Shang Yang into the word martyr, which has seriously affected the seriousness of the event. Here we sincerely apologize to you. We have redesigned and replaced all-horse medals, which cause inconvenience. I beg your understanding.