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!’
This race will be held in Shuang-si, a township amid beautiful mountains in Northern Taiwan.
In 2010, it would be the 2nd Shuang-si Marathon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.