Through the lush forests and 10,000 mu of rhododendron fields, running in the clouds between the green mountains and green waters of Guanghanzhai, the 2023 "Xiangdong Zuodong" Guanghanzhai light cross-country race started smoothly on April 22nd. More than 400 cross-country runners from China competed together to feel the beautiful beauty of nature.
On the morning of the same day, with the sound of the starting gun, the participating athletes raced from the Impression Square of the educated youth. A light rain before the start of the race turned the 35km track into a fairyland. The athletes shuttled through Dashajiang Reservoir and Sibamen Rhododendron Scenic Area, and the misty clouds were like fairyland. The running team also became the most beautiful landscape in Guanghan Village.
According to the introduction of the organizing committee, there are three groups of 35km, 12km and 2km in this competition. The four or eight rhododendron scenic spots and Dashajiang Sports Park that run along the way are beautiful everywhere, so they are called "the most beautiful track" by cross-country runners. Let runners enjoy cross-country passion, and at the same time fully experience the pleasure of indulging in Shan Ye and appreciate the unique charm of Damei Guanghan Village.
After fierce competition, Li Xinyi, the final runner, performed well, finishing the race in 3 hours, 07 minutes and 06 seconds, winning the men’s championship in the 35km group, Li Hongyu was runner-up in 3 hours, 37 minutes and 50 seconds, and Li Dong was runner-up in 3 hours, 39 minutes and 44 seconds. Xiong Zhanxin won the women’s championship in the 35km group, with a score of 4 hours, 36 minutes and 05 seconds. Wu Yemeng, who won the second place, scored 4 hours, 43 minutes and 45 seconds, and Wu Mei, who won the third place, scored 5 hours, 07 minutes and 49 seconds.
Hu Jingbiao, the founder of Changsha Furong District Road Running Association, said in an interview after the race, "This is my third time to participate in the Guanghanzhai light cross-country race. The scenery here is beautiful, surrounded by mountains, and the running road is full of beautiful scenery. It is a long-lasting running experience."
The competition was hosted by Pingxiang Municipal People’s Government, undertaken by Pingxiang Wenguang New Tourism Bureau, Pingxiang Sports Bureau, Pingxiang Rural Revitalization Bureau and xiangdong district Municipal People’s Government, operated by Jiangxi Pingshi Tourism Development Co., Ltd. and Hunan Yufeng Sports Culture Group Co., Ltd., and supported by Hunan Provincial Sports Tourism Association.
Xiaoxiang morning herald reporter Zhou Shihao correspondent Wen Yuling Li Tingting