From July 22nd to 23rd, ‘Demonstrating Speed & Enjoy She Charm’, the International Triathlon in She Hometown of China grandly opened in Jingning, the She hometown. Over 300 triathlon lovers all over the globe visited the She hometown Jingning. They attended an ironman race on speed and endurance on the green ways by the beautiful bank of Qianxia lake.
The successful opening of the triathlon is an effective practice in the district-wide site construction promotion of Jingning. It is also a great progress in the development of the contest tourism industry. It aims to attract more people to watch and participate in this extreme sport, and to fully demonstrate the unique culture of She people as well as the great biological resources in Jingning. Meanwhile, the ‘ironman’ spirit reflected in the arena also deeply encourages the hard-working ‘iron army’ of She hometown.
It is reported that the race is co-sponsored by the sports bureau and the tourism commission of Jingning Shezu autonomous county; it is organized by the livelihood information broadcast of Zhejiang Broadcast&Television Corporation and associated by Tiantang ironman club in Hangzhou.
The race has set three different groups in the race: whole course, half course, and relay. The whole course group consists of 1.5km swimming in natural waters, 40km road biking, and 10km road running in sequence; the athletes are required to complete the whole course. 300 places for contestants have been snapped up only 5 days after the race was released. And apart from the triathlon lovers in the nation, there are over 10 contestants from foreign countries. The committee has specially arranged swimming contest as well as sightseeing in the afternoon of the first day, enabling other sport lovers to participate in and experience the activity.
Swimming in the painting and walking in the scene, Jingning green racing track is more than gorgeous.
Triathlon events have high requirements for the water quality, body of water, road conditions and many other aspects. Jingning She Autonomous County, the place where this event was held, is one of the sources of two river systems, Ou river and Feiyun river. Jingning She Autonomous County is located in the mountain area of southern Zhejiang and has superior natural conditions. The drainage area is in the subtropical monsoon climate zone. The forest coverage rate is higher than 85%. The water quality of this area meets the standard of the first class national water resources, with superior natural condition. At the same time, Jingning is the only She Autonomous County over the country and the only Ethnic Autonomous County in East China. It is the destination of international cultural tourism, the hometown of Chinese folk art, and has splendid national culture.
Fully considering the geographical features, the most beautiful track combining sports and sightseeing is arranged. It goes through Phoenix Town, the road beside Qianxia lake, Riverside sightseeing road and beautiful countryside scenery. Athletes can enjoy Jingning’s pleasant natural landscape, breathe fresh air from mountains, feel the atmosphere of poetry and painting in She hometown Jingning while playing in the game.
Challenging the limit, struggling hard, the ironman spirit blooms everywhere.
During the competition, ironmen struggled hard and challenged themselves, showing fearless and persistent sports spirit. Outside the competition, the volunteers, rescue teams, police officers and other staffs also worked hard for the event.
The event attracted more than 100 media and more than 10 thousand audiences. With the ending of the awarding ceremony, the first international Ironman triathlon in She hometown, China came to an end. As a result, Zhu Huanong won the first prize in Men’s Full triathlon; Lv Xiaohui won the first place in women’s half triathlon; Wang Jingzhou won the first place in men’s half triathlon; Martakucmierz (Poland) won the first place in women’s full triathlon. Li Renjun, coming from She hometown Jingning, won the third place in men’s half triathlon in above 45-year-old group. At the same time, the Organizing Committee prepared medals of completing the match for every player. Because they always challenge the limits of themselves, turn the "impossible" to "possible", vividly interpret of the "ironman spirit" by their indomitable and unyielding performances. (Zhang Kai, Jingning County Government Office)