Rain gives birth to a hundred valleys, summer is coming, and Poyang Lake is running smoothly at that time. On April 22nd, the "an all-consuming love Dreaming of Wucheng" 2023 Jiangxi Yongxiu Half Marathon started in Wucheng, a migratory bird town in China. More than 4,500 Chinese and foreign runners rushed out of the starting line with full mental state, raced in the hinterland of Poyang Lake, deeply appreciated the beautiful scenery of "World Wetland Migratory Bird Kingdom" and experienced the ecological charm of Yongxiu with running and speed.
2023 Jiangxi Yongxiu Half Marathon started. Xinhuanet issued Hu Chuanfeng photo
Certified by China Athletics Association, this competition is co-sponsored by Yongxiu County People’s Government, Jiujiang Wenguang New Tourism Bureau, Jiujiang Sports Bureau and Jiujiang Forestry Bureau, and undertaken by Yongxiu County Wenguang New Tourism Bureau, Yongxiu County Education and Sports Bureau and Yongxiu County Forestry Bureau. A total of three events are set up: half marathon (21.0975km), national fitness running (7.5km) and party member model walking (7.5km). The routes are carefully planned by the organizing committee of the competition, accompanied by birds and flowers all the way, runners can enjoy the natural beauty of spring in Poyang Lake, and also enjoy the elegant demeanor of the migratory bird kingdom and the ancient town with thousands of years.
Accompanied by birds and flowers all the way, runners can enjoy the beauty of spring. Xinhuanet issued Hu Chuanfeng photo
The contestants started from the tourist center of the migratory bird town in Wucheng, Yongxiu County, and passed through Wucheng scenic spots and landmarks such as Yongwu Highway, Poyang Lake Ecological Civilization Exhibition Center, Ji ‘an Hall, Huanzhen Highway, Wucheng Paigong Lane, which is known as the "most beautiful water highway", and walked through the Poyang Lake Nature Reserve, with birds singing in their ears from time to time, which perfectly integrated sports with nature.
Located in the core area of Poyang Lake ecological wetland, Wucheng is one of the four famous towns in Jiangxi history, a national 4A-level scenic spot and the first "China migratory bird town" in China, with pleasant climate, fresh air and beautiful scenery, which provides an excellent place for all kinds of leisure sports and competitive competitions.
In recent years, Yongxiu County has deeply practiced the concept of ecological civilization, anchored the positioning of "short-distance and short-term, exploring the market of Greater Nanchang Metropolitan Area", and vigorously promoted the deep integration of "sports+culture+tourism", making the whole area beautiful and tourable in all seasons. On the basis of the successful hosting of international bird watching conference, Jiangxi Yongxiu Half Marathon, and national cross-country auto racing competition last year, a series of flower viewing activities such as "Huayang Yongxiu Welcome to Tour" were launched this year. This time, by hosting the half marathon for the second time, Damei Yongxiu’s popularity, reputation and influence continued to rise, which injected strong impetus into the county’s high-quality economic and social development.
Jiangxi Yongxiu Half Marathon Medal. Xinhuanet issued Hu Chuanfeng photo
"In order to make the athletes run with peace of mind, peace of mind and comfort, Yongxiu County has set up 9 fixed medical stations in the whole track, organized 96 medical staff and equipped 8 mobile ambulances to protect every runner on the track." The relevant person in charge of the Wenguang New Tourism Bureau in Yongxiu County said that the county has also recruited more than 480 volunteers to ensure the service throughout the whole process. Volunteers with warm smiles and meticulous service have become a beautiful landscape in the competition.
"It feels great and I look forward to the next semi-horse in Yongxiu." Wu Xingyan, a runner from Xingguo County, Jiangxi Province, said that she has participated in all-horse and half-horse races in many places across the country, and has seen mountains and rivers in many places, but she feels that the track scenery and event guarantee of Yongxiu are more impressive.
China track and field athlete Peng Jianhua won the men’s team championship. Xinhuanet issued Hu Chuanfeng photo
In the end, after fierce competition, China track and field athlete Peng Jianhua won the men’s championship in 1 hour, 07 minutes and 20 seconds. Melkam Alemayehu Tassew from Ethiopia won the women’s championship in 1 hour, 12 minutes and 42 seconds. "This is my second visit to Yongxiu. I feel that people here are very enthusiastic and the track is the most beautiful track I have ever seen!" Peng Jianhua said happily at the half marathon award ceremony.
At the men’s awards ceremony, the players took the stage to receive the award. Xinhuanet issued Hu Chuanfeng photo
"Take the scene as the medium and make friends with the game. We organically combine superior resources such as sports and characteristic tourism to provide a good platform for the holding of sports events. At the same time, this will greatly enhance the visibility of scenic spots in Yongxiu and stimulate the development of local tourism. " The relevant person in charge of the Wenguang New Tourism Bureau of Yongxiu County said that next, Yongxiu will hold many wonderful activities such as cultural festivals, music festivals, cross-country rally races, lobster festivals, etc., to cultivate new highlights of tourism consumption, continue to polish the global tourism brands, and boost the high-quality development of the county’s tourism industry. (Zheng Wenbin, Li Panpan, Hu Chuanfeng)