January 27, 2016

Running Events in China (feat Nonsense Reviews by Unfit Runners)

SG Unfit Runners was approached by 42race.sg a couple of weeks ago to help them spread awareness of the various running events around the world. 42race is a tour agency that specializes in organizing tour packages for runners to participate in runs for Singaporeans who are looking for an overseas running experience. We have agreed to help them spread the word on a Pro Bono basis as we see the value of them taking the hassle out of helping lazy people like us who always wanted to fly overseas for a run but couldn't find any scapegoat to volunteer to do all the dirty work. We have been talking about participating in Penang Marathon for the longest time but no one stepped up to do the organizing, so we can see the value of what 42race is doing.

This article is contributed by 42race.sg on popular running events in China.  

There are many reasons that China is the world’s popular destination for tourism – rich culture, natural wonders, amazing architecture, and many more. China is so culturally different from countries outside of East Asia and has many of the most amazing sceneries in the world. If you are looking for an exotic adventure, packed full of new sights and experiences, China is the place to go. Here are 3 races in China that you may join this year to experience all of it:

Chengdu Marathon

Dujiangyan, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
Race date: 27 March 2016
This year’s Dujiangyan marathon event, themed Traveling with Your Running Shoes, is set to attract runners from all parts of China, and foreign nations. The race is a lighthearted route steeped in history, passing alongside the clear sparkling waters of mountain streams. As you run along the touristy site in Chengdu, every stride you take will fill your lungs with the clean and cooling fresh mountain air. The course provides exciting views of the sites of natural beauty and cultural significance, including the world heritage sites ― the Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mount Qingcheng.

“The participants will enjoy the best environment and weather conditions,” said an official of the organizing committee, “And the special design of the marathon route will give them a look of many places of interest in Dujiangyan City, such as the irrigation project, the old temples, the ancient city walls, the Nanqiao Roofed Bridge and the panda base.”

SG Unfit Runners Remarks: "We think we can run faster than a Panda, so it is worth a try for unfit runners."

JN100 Ultra Trail

Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
Race date: 16 April 2016
JN100 Ultra Trail is one of the JN100 series, taking place along the south area of Yangzi River. The long distance outdoor race is a challenge to human’s physical and mental limits. Held in Ningbo Siming Mountain, the race route crosses three areas – Fenghua, Yinzhou, Yuyao (the area of Siming Mountain) – a total distance of 100 km, with about 6000 metres of cumulative climbing. Starting from Yinzhou Longguan village, Shanggu Mountain, the 100 km track leads you to the historical and picturesque scenery of Jiangnan Spring of Siming Mountain. Runners will get to experience the amazing natural beauty and local culture of Jiang Nan, running through the Sakura forest, historical and ancient sites, a tea plantation, a canyon, and a sea of bamboo.
JN100 Ultra Trail  is also ITRA authorized and the quaifying race for UTMB. 100K finishers will get 5 points and 60K finisher will get 4 points.

SG Unfit Runners Remarks: "Too crazy for Unfit Runners. We are just trying to lose some fats, not trying to win the Olympics or anything!" 

Jinshanling Great Wall Marathon

Chengde, Hebei, China
Race date: 17 April 2016
Running a marathon on one of the 7 wonders of the world, the Great Wall, is arguably the dream for many fellow runners around the world. Discover the long history and picturesque scenery around one of the seven wonders — the Great Wall, and explore the unique culture of China’s capital city — Beijing.

The JinShanLing Marathon boasts one of the most challenging course, with one of the most breathtaking views in the world. It is an ideal destination for runners seeking a challenging and pleasurable race. The JSL Great Wall marathon is the most popular race in China, as it continues to attract hundreds of foreign participants. Most runners are known to be impressed with the quality environment and pleasurable race.

SG Unfit Runners Remarks: "As long as it is one of those smog free days which are rare in Bejing these days, it looks like one of those typical Unfit Runners touristy running routes. However, running up and down the slopes of the Great Wall may not be the kind of intense workout Unfit runners can tolerate. Recommended for the fitter unfit runners..."  

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