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Bank of Jiujiang·2019 Lushan International Mountain Half Marathon Came to a Successful Conclusion

2019-09-26

Bank of Jiujiang·2019 Lushan International Mountain Half Marathon Came to a Successful Conclusion 

Xie Yiping, Mayor of Jiujiang Municipality Fired the Starting Gun 

 “Running a marathon on the top of Mount. Lushan”. At eight thirty AM on September 21, Bank of Jiujiang ·2019 Lushan International Mountain Half Marathon kicked off at the central garden of Kuling  Street on Mount. Lushan. Deputy Secretary of the CPC Jiujiang Municipal Committee and Mayor of Jiujiang Municipal People’s Government Xie Yiping; Director of Social Activity Department of Athletics Administrative Centre of General Administration of Sport of China and Deputy Secretary General of the Chinese Athletics Association Shui Tao; Sub-inspector of Jiangxi Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism Chen Hongmin; Secretary of Jiangxi Provincial Road Runners Association Li Xiaoping; the Olympic Champion, Part-time Deputy Secretary of Jiangxi Provincial Youth League Committee and Director of Heavy Athletics Center of Jiangxi Sport Bureau Yang Wenjun; Member of Standing Committee, Secretary of CPC Lushan City Committee and Secretary of Lushan Scenic Spot Administrative Bureau Yang Jian; Vice Mayor Li Jun; Deputy Secretary and Director of Lushan Scenic Spot Administrative Bureau Li Fuyong and Secretary General of Jiujiang Municipal People’s Government Bao Chenggeng attended the opening ceremony and fired the starting gun.

This marathon race was hosted by the Chinese Athletics Association and Jiujiang Municipal People’s Government and undertaken by Lushan Scenic Spot Administrative Bureau, Jiujiang Sports Bureau and Jiujiang Cultural and Tourism Development Group. Over 7,000 marathon runners from 10 countries and regions participated in the race. The race was divided into half marathon (21.09 kilometers) and mini marathon (4 kilometers). The race course of half marathon started from and ended at the central garden of Kuling Street, passing the Flower Path, Immortal Cave, Big Tianchi and Shimenjian(all these are scenic spots of Mount. Lushan). And the mini marathon started from the central garden of Kuling Street and ended at Henan Road.

With the sound of the starting gun, all the runners ran like runaway  horses. The runners past through a number of famous scenic spots of Mount. On this humanities holy mountain, a contest of courage and perseverance was being launched. The cheers and shouts of the cheerleaders along the way and the waving hands of the spectators made the athletes deeply feel the enthusiasm of Jiujiang people for the marathon. The athletes measured this beautiful mountain with their feet and enjoyed the charming and beautiful scenery of Mount. Lushan while running.

The track was considered by many runners to be one of the most challenging marathons of the year due to its high altitude, steep slopes and many corners, organizers said. With the guiding concept of “ sport + cultural tourism”, this race not only demonstrated the unique scenery and cultural landscape of Lushan to the contestants, but also showed the new achievements made by local government in ecological conservation and social development, as well as Jiujiang’s multi-cultures and potential of development to the whole world. The race was broadcast live on CCTV-5.

Through fierce competition, Debebe Teka Tereda, a runner from Ethiopia won men’s division with a time of 1 hour and 11 minutes, and Chinese players Wang Tao and Wu Rui won the second and third places respectively. An Ethiopian player Ethlemahu Sintayehu Dessi won the women’s race in 1 hour and 19 minutes, while Chinese runner Zhang Deshun, Kenyan runner Florence Nduku Malyunga won the second and third places respectively. The reporter learned that the third winner in men’s race Wu Rui,is currently a member of Jiujiang middle distance running team, only 16 years old, usually training in Jiujiang sports school.

At the award ceremony, Yang Jian, Li Jun and Li Fuyong presented awards to the winners. (By Yuan Donglai, Zhao Cenyu | Jiujiang Daily/ Translated by Ying Yan, Zhou Weilang )