9 questions to discover a marathon : Beauty of Shuang-si Taipei County Marathon

29 Oct 2009 10:20
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Interview Focus on a race

Leonard Pin-Chen
This week our journey around the world leads us to the Northern part of Taipei in Asia.

Leonard Pin-chen Lo, a member of Taipei County Marathon Association will present us the race his association organizes. Leonard is an accomplished runners, having finished 33 marathons so far.

‘Hope to see you, readers of ahotu Marathons, in Shuang-si Marathon in 2010!’

Hello, on February 28th, you’ll be organizing the Beauty of Shuang-si Taipei County Marathon. Can you tell us where it is located?

This race will be held in Shuang-si, a township amid beautiful mountains in Northern Taiwan.

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How old is the race and why was it created in the first place?

In 2010, it would be the 2nd Shuang-si Marathon.

What kind of route have you set up for the runners? How would you describe it?

The route of this marathon is the mountainside, also called ‘Cherry Blossom Blvd.’, starting from a small elementary school in Downtown Shuang-si, crossing over ‘Resignation Hill’ and the countryside amid the valley, and the turnaround point in the deep mountain.

Along the route, the runners can enjoy the serene and beautiful mountain and simple countryside, and appreciate the plants Shuang-si Township Administrative Office has planted along the road. Though the runners would be painful for conquering the long slope and several up and down hill, the beautiful scenery along the whole route, we believe, would give them more fun and deeper impression.

Runners in the fog
Credit : Allen Wu

How many runners do you expect on Sunday morning? What type of runners do you plan to attract?

This February, we were surprised that nearly 1000 runners joining us. We hope that there will be more than 1000 runners to join us in 2010.

We don’t expect the so-called ‘elite runner’ to join this race. On the contrary, we welcome everyone who enjoy marathon to come. As long as you are a runner, whether a pro or only an amateur, we hope you can participate in this race.

Do you organize other races during the Week-End? If so, on what distances?

We are only a running club in Taiwan. Thus, we only hold one marathon race a year and don’t organize other races on the weekend.

Runners
Credit : Allen Wu

At that time of the year, what kind of weather can we expect?

It’s still winter in February, and the weather in Shuag-si oftentimes is cold and humid. The average temperature is around 12 to 16 Celsius degree. Though a bit cold, it should be a good weather for runners.

Have you planned festivities around the marathon?

We are negotiating this with Shuang-si Township Administrative office, seeing if they plan to hold other activities on that day. The only thing we can ensure is that the race in 2010 would be the same day for Lantern Festival in Taiwan. Runners from abroad can have a chance to experience this unique Chinese culture.

If runners arrive in Shuang-si a day before the race, they can experience firing the sky lantern besides Shuang-si River.

Winners
Credit : Allen Wu

The marathon finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to Shuang-si before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing?

Shuang-si is a small town with inartificial scenery. I think the runners can rent a bike in front of the train station and spend a few hours having a nice bike traveling along the bike path. Also, visitors can enjoy the Taiwanese cuisine here.

In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of ahotu Marathons to make them register for the Beauty of Shuang-si Taipei County Marathon?

If you are looking for a race with beautiful nature around you plus a group of enthusiastic volunteers serving you, this is it! Don’t worry about the communication problem. We have several volunteers good at English to give you the best service.

Thank you Leonard
For more information

Beauty of Shuang-si Taipei County Marathon