Interview: UltraTaiwan

28 Jul 2015 07:00
Jean-Loup Fenaux
Focus on a race Interview

Hello, on October 24th 2015, you’ll be organizing the UltraTaiwan. Can you tell us where it is located?

The races take place in Fulong Beach, Northern Taiwan’s premier beach. It is about 60mn away from Taipei city.

Why did you create this new event?

Taiwan is one of the most incredible country in Asia surrounded by a ring of lush mountains.

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

We are happy to give the opportunity to avid trail runners to explore this hidden paradise, and experience some of Asia’s best trail running!

Ultra Taiwan delivers to runners arguably the best collection of trails & scenery available in Northern Taiwan, focusing on the beautiful mountains, valleys, rivers and beaches at the northern reaches of Taiwan’s massive Xueshan (Snow) Mountain Range.

A region that boosts a huge local history, fascinating culture and a smorgasbord of varied trails and stunning scenery

What are the distances on the agenda?

15, 25km, 50km, 100km.

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

We would say between 500 and 1000 runners for the first edition. The participants are multi-cultural coming from around 30 countries.

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

October is the best time of the year, the heat is easing off and it is still not too cold.

Have you planned festivities around the event?

We also organize a kid race so all families are welcome

The race finished, what advice would you give a runner who has never been to Fulong Beach before? A good restaurant, a fancy sightseeing?

We have agreement with many hotels in Taipei and Fulong so we are able to offer discount prices on the accomodation. The travel guide is available on our website.

In a single sentence, what would you tell the readers of ahotu Marathons to make them register for the UltraTaiwan?

Ultra Taiwan delivers to runners arguably the best collection of trails & scenery available in Northern Taiwan.

Interview with Clement Dumont. Clement is an experienced race director. He also organized TransLantau in Hong Kong. The Taiwan event is co-organized with Cam McLean.