"Now, I declare the opening of the 2018 Qingyuan Corridor Bridge International Multi-day Competition." At 7:30 a.m of June 2nd, with the announcement of Hu Xianru, the deputy secretary of the County Party Committee and County Magistrate, the 2018 Qingyuan International Corridor Bridge Competition started in the Public Citizen’s Square. More than 500 professional athletes from more than 30 countries and regions, and more than 2000 amateurs and nearly thousands of citizens participated in all kinds of competitions and fitness walks.
Lu Gensha, the chief of the Public Sports Office of the Provincial Sports Bureau, Wang Wei, the Secretary of the Party group and the director of the Municipal Sports Bureau, and the county leaders Wu Jiyun, Wu Jianhua, Peng Min, Wu Xianwu, and Shen Senping, a Qingyuan athletes, the champion of the Asian games and the ambassador of this game, participated in the opening ceremony. Wu Jiyun and Wang Wei delivered speeches successively, and Peng Min presided over the opening ceremony.
At 7:35, with the whistle of a judge, the multi-day race started passionately. At the starting point, the players run together and the scene is very spectacular. With the sports spirits of transcending ourselves and struggling to the end, the athletes ran to the destination with great strength and vigor.
It is understood that this event is guided by the Zhejiang Sports Federation, sponsored the Lishui Sports Federation and the People's Government of Qingyuan County, and the multi-day cross-country race is carried out by Yangtze 100, which is also certificated by the International Cross-country Running Association and is a UTMB point-accumulating game. The game will last for two days, including 4 km Mini group, 12 km Yonggui bridge group, 34.5 km Lanxi bridge group and 67.5 km Rulong bridge group. More than 500 professionals from more than 30 countries and regions would compete in the 67.5 km and 34.5 km races. More than 2,000 people took part in the 12km mini-group day event, which also attracted nearly 10,000 people to take part in brisk walking and enjoy the benefits of exercise and fitness.
In this event, the route setting not only fully demonstrates the Qingyuan characteristics of the ‘lounge bridge’ and ‘ecological’ culture to the world, it has also presented the ‘Spring Festival Gala Performance’ and ‘New China Delight’ to welcome friends from all over the world to enjoy the unique beauty, food and culture of Qingyuan. It is an ‘ecological & cultural journey’ along the green way, a trip of reliving the historical ‘Dream on the Lounge Bridge’, a journey of ‘country spring festival’ while looking for homesickness, and a trip of ‘A Bite of Enjoyment’ with the incredible taste of local cuisine.
In recent years, Qingyuan County has taken advantage of its rich natural resources and cultural tourism resources to introduce large-scale ecological sports events such as mountain, water, hiking and mountaineering at home and abroad, Successfully hosted the ‘Dayu Cup’ Open Water Swimming Invitational Tournament, Zhejiang Beautiful Countryside Road Running Series Tournament, Zhejiang Cycling Open Race (Qingyuan Station), Baishanzu Climbing Competition, ‘The Top of Jiangnan’ Sky Cross Country Race, and Southern sports meeting of Zhejiang National Fitness, etc. The events have not only enriched the cultural life of the masses of the ‘Mushroom Township’, but also promoted the vigorous development of the ‘race economy’ of Qingyuan, and has further expanded the popularity and reputation of Qingyuan. ‘Jiangnan 100 Qingyuan Lounge Bridge International Multi-Day Tournament’ is a event focusing on the cultural popularization and ecological cultural display of Lounge Bridge, which aims to promote the declaration of the world cultural heritage of ‘Zhe-Min Bridge’. (Qingyuan County Government Office)