2018 China Moun­tain Trails and Yad­ing Skyrun­ning Fes­ti­val opens

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - ENTERPRISE -

The China Moun­tain Trails and Yad­ing Skyrun­ning Fes­ti­val was held from April 28 to 30 at Daocheng County’s Yad­ing Scenic Spot in the Garze Ti­betan Au­ton­o­mous Pre­fec­ture.

This year’s event was spon­sored by the gov­ern­ment of the Garze Ti­betan Au­ton­o­mous Pre­fec­ture, the Garze Ti­betan Au­ton­o­mous Pre­fec­ture Tourism De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee and the Daocheng Yad­ing Scenic Spot Ad­min­is­tra­tion, and put on by Migu Run­ning.

A high-qual­ity in­ter­na­tional cross­coun­try race that com­bines the con­cepts of sports and tourism, the event at­tracted 1,043 run­ners from 25 coun­tries and re­gions. The com­pe­ti­tion was made up of a 10-kilo­me­ter hike, a ver­ti­cal kilo­me­ter race, a 29-kilo­me­ter skyrun­ning race and a 46-kilo­me­ter ul­tra kora.

The 29-kilo­me­ter skyrun­ning race used the Skyrun­ner World Se­ries route, which is the most pop­u­lar route for skyrun­ning. The route took run­ners from Shangri-La town to an al­ti­tude of 2,860 me­ters, run­ning on dirt roads along canyons, over a bridge and frozen rivers. The high­est point on the route, the last pass, was at an al­ti­tude of 4,666 me­ters.

Af­ter the pass, the run­ners de­scended back to Chonggu Tem­ple to the fin­ish line. Casal Mir Os­car from An­dorra and Holly Page from the UK won the men’s and women’s cham­pi­onships re­spec­tively.

An­other of the races, the 46-kilo­me­ter ul­tra kora was held near the Xian­nairi Moun­tain, which is re­garded as a sa­cred moun­tain by eth­nic Ti­betan peo­ple. The run­ners passed through the ma­jes­tic Xian­nairi Moun­tain, the quiet and dig­ni­fied Yang­maiy­ong Moun­tain and the lofty Xian­uo­duoji Moun­tain dur­ing the race.

As the most chal­leng­ing item in the event, the high-al­ti­tude climb­ing race at­tracted the par­tic­i­pa­tion of a large num­ber of top in­ter­na­tional cross-coun­try run­ners. How­ever, Chi­nese run­ners Ji­aeren­jia and Yao Miao won the men’s and women’s races re­spec­tively.

A Sports + Tourism Sum­mit Fo­rum was held on the af­ter­noon of April 28, dur­ing which some fa­mous ath­letes, tourism ex­perts and run­ners were in­vited to dis­cuss topics re­lated to the in­dus­try. There was also a themed ex­hi­bi­tion, pre­c­om­pe­ti­tion meet­ings with sports ex­perts and track in­tro­duc­tion events for the run­ners. The in­tro­duc­tory ses­sions pro­vided run­ners with more de­tailed race in­for­ma­tion and shared pro­fes­sional and prac­ti­cal cross-coun­try race tips.

“This is the third China Moun­tain Trails and Yad­ing Skyrun­ning Fes­ti­val. The first one was held in 2016. It is the first in Asia and also the only of­fi­cially au­tho­rized in­ter­na­tional sports event se­ries that in­tro­duced the Skyrun­ner World Se­ries in 2018,” said Yuan Feng, the di­rec­tor of Migu In­ter­ac­tive En­ter­tain­ment Co., Ltd’s in­ter­net sports divi­sion on April 30.

“The fes­ti­val em­pha­sizes Skyrun­ning’s phi­los­o­phy of ‘ad­mire na­ture, re­vere na­ture, and pur­sue more pure con­tact with na­ture,’ he said.”

The China Moun­tain Trails com­pe­ti­tion is an in­ter­na­tional sports brand un­der Migu Run­ning. Its mis­sion is to go into China’s moun­tain­ous re­gions to cre­ate chal­leng­ing and di­verse cross-coun­try races that high­light health and well-be­ing as well as love and re­spect for na­ture.

Migu Run­ning plans to ex­pand its do­mes­tic cross-coun­try race of­fer­ings to fully demon­strate the ad­van­tages of com­bin­ing sports events with tourism and al­low more run­ners to ex­pe­ri­ence first­hand the rich nat­u­ral land­scape of each par­tic­i­pat­ing re­gion and cre­ate a higher qual­ity of cross-coun­try races in China.

Photo: Cour­tesy of Migu Run­ning

From left: Sec­ond place win­ner Guan Yousheng, the win­ner Ji­aeren­jia, third place win­ner Si­lang­duoji and fa­mous cross-coun­try run­ner Fran­cois D’Haene

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