GLOBAL ONE NEWS — More than 250 participants in a half marathon in China have been caught cheating.

Traffic lights and local photographers in Shenzhen caught 258 runners taking shortcuts through bushes.

Organizers said those who ran through the bushes instead of the road would have to run two to three kilometers less than the full distance of 21 kilometers (13.1 miles).

Organizers also discovered 18 participants wearing fake bibs and three people running on behalf of others at the event that attracts about 16,000 runners each year.

In a statement, organizers said, “We deeply regret the violations that occurred during the event. Marathon running is not simply exercise, it is a metaphor for life, and every runner is responsible for him or herself.”

Those proven to have cheated will be banned from the marathon for life.

Last year, organizers at the Beijing Half Marathon reportedly created a facial recognition system in an attempt to keep runners from using others to run in their place.