China’s First High­land Wet­land In­ter­na­tional Marathon Kicks off in Shen­nongjia

中国首个高山湿地国际马拉松神农架开跑

Special Focus - - Contents - Xu Kuang, Ma Chao 许旷马超

Da­ji­uhu Lake, known as the most beau­ti­ful wet­land in China, em­braces the most stun­ning sea­son in the golden Oc­to­ber. The moun­tain cov­ered by col­or­ful trees and sur­rounded by the sparkling lakes form a land­scape paint­ing for the high­land wet­land.

2017 Shen­nongjia In­ter­na­tional Marathon ( re­ferred to as “Shen­nongjia Marathon”) was held here on Oc­to­ber 15, 2017, which at­tracted over 2000 run­ners from more than 10 coun­tries, such as China, France, Italy, Nor­way, Rus­sia, and Aus­tralia. The el­dest run­ner was 71 years old and the youngest was 16 years old.

The event fea­tured a male/fe­male full marathon ( 42km) and a male/ fe­male half marathon ( 21km). Chi­nese run­ners swept up the top spot three in the four races af­ter fierce com­pe­ti­tion.

The rain, which lasted for more than ten days, sud­denly stopped be­fore the event. A thin layer of mist floated above the Da­ji­uhu Lake af­ter the rain. The shadow of the clouds re­flected in the wa­ter, closely fol­lowed the move­ment of waves.

Da­ji­uhu Lake, a world- renown wet­land park, is lo­cated in the south­west­ern part of Shen­nongjia Forestry District and at the junc­tion of Hubei Prov­ince and Chongqing. It cov­ers an area of 5,083 hectares and the av­er­age al­ti­tude is 1,700 m. The

course of the Full/ Half Marathon and the Health Run stretch along the lake where run­ners en­joy the beau­ti­ful moun­tain views while run­ning.

“Shen­nong Marathon track is fea­tured with blue sky and fresh air. The high con­cen­tra­tion of neg­a­tive ions re­freshes the run­ner’s mind and in­te­grates the sport with the na­ture. It is ab­so­lutely the most awe­some marathon track in China,” said judge Zhang Yi. He had been to Shen­nongjia five times, but he is still amazed ev­ery time he vis­its here.

“There are beau­ti­ful moun­tains, clean rivers, and fresh air here in Shenongjia. It’s so beau­ti­ful. The towns sur­rounded by moun­tains give us a pleas­ant feel­ing when we ar­rive at Da­ji­uhu Lake.” It’s the first time for Jeremy from France, Ni­cola Bal­lerini from Italy, Roar Galaaen from Nor­way, Maria from Rus­sia, Thi Nguyen from Aus­tralia, and the other 14 ath­letes to come to Shen­nongjia. Thi Nguyen said, “It’s my sec­ond time run­ning a marathon, but it’s my first time run­ning a high­land track. There are so many sur­prises here— I’m al­ready in love with Shen­nongjia.”

The Health Run ends at the No. 4 lake Money Tree where run­ners were at­tracted by the in­for­ma­tion dis­played on a screen “733,000 ions per cu­bic cen­time­ter.” “It’s re­ally amaz­ing. The air I breathed was so fresh that I didn’t feel tired at all.”

“If we com­pare the hu­man’s vi­tal ca­pac­ity to that of a car en­gine. The higher the con­cen­tra­tion of oxy­gen in the blood, the larger the en­gine dis­place­ment and the stronger the power will be. So run­ning in an en­vi­ron­ment with high neg­a­tive ions will boost run­ners’ ex­plo­sive strength and stamina.” Hu Bin, Deputy Di­rec­tor of Marathon Com­mis­sion, Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion of Hubei Prov­ince, il­lus­trated the re­la­tion be­tween neg­a­tive ion and run­ning by us­ing the metaphor of car.

The run­ners were still in­dul­gent in the beau­ti­ful view af­ter the race. Com­ments such as “the most beau­ti­ful marathon I’ve ever run” were often heard among them. Ac­tu­ally, it’s also a test for the eco- marathon in Shen­nongjia, but there is no fin­ish­ing line in the

marathon of green de­vel­op­ment.

Green is the base color of Shen­nongjia, and ecol­ogy is its lifeblood. Since Shen­nongjia Forestry District was formed in 1970, it has ex­pe­ri­enced four stages of de­vel­op­ment from ex­ten­sive de­vel­op­ment to lim­ited pro­tec­tion, ex­plo­ration of tran­si­tion, and green de­vel­op­ment. It has trans­formed from wood­cut­ters to foresters, from a lum­ber econ­omy to an eco­log­i­cal econ­omy, from poverty- stricken ar­eas to an eco­tourism des­ti­na­tion.

Shen­nongjia is now branded as a World Geo Park, with World Fa­mous Moun­tain, the Most Beau­ti­ful Geo Park in China, the Most Beau­ti­ful For­est in China, and other ti­tles. It’s the one and only place in China that wins the “triple crown” of registry in UNESECO’s Man and the Bio­sphere Pro­gram, and the hon­orary ti­tles of World Geo Park and World Her­itage.

The eco- marathon of Shen­nongjia will be pro­moted sys­tem­at­i­cally un­der the sci­en­tific guid­ance by ad­her­ing to the prin­ci­ple of “Pro­tec­tion for de­vel­op­ment, con­serv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment for wealth, and lever­age on the ad­van­tage of sound ecol­ogy” and fol­low­ing the rules of eco­log­i­cal con­ser­va­tion.

“The ecol­ogy con­ser­va­tion of Shen­nongjia is a marathon without fin­ish­ing line. Be­ing in­cor­po­rated into the pi­lot pro­gram of ten na­tional park sys­tems, Shen­nongjia has a long way to go on en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion.” said Liu Shengce, Di­rec­tor of Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Cul­ture, Sports, Press, Ra­dio, Film, and Tele­vi­sion of Shen­nongjia Forestry District. Pho­tos by Party Pro­pa­ganda De­part­ment of Shen­nongjia District)

张景霞 全马女子第一名Zhang Jingxia Fe­male Win­ner in Full Marathon 伍玲 半马女子第一名Wu Ling Fe­male Win­ner in Half Marathon 任文胜 全马男子第一名Ren Wen­sheng Male Win­ner in Full Marathon 喻桐 半马男子第一名Yu Tong

Male Win­ner in Half Marathon 外国选手,哥俩好Two For­eign run­ners 神马开跑The Shen­nongjia Marathon is Kick­ing off

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