3000 runners started running in the summer resort.
Hehe Chengde Net News (Reporter Zhang Guangming) Facing the morning sun and warm spring breeze in April, at 8: 00 on April 22nd, the Royal Garden Half Marathon and the National Fitness Run in 2023 Summer Resort fired their guns and started, with 3,000 runners running among the mountains and rivers in the summer resort.
At about 7 o’clock, there was still a little coolness in the early morning of spring, but it didn’t affect the enthusiasm of the contestants at all. They came to the designated place in the summer resort scenic area early to change clothes and make preparations before the game. "I come from Baoding, and I took the high-speed train from Shijiazhuang to Chengde yesterday, hoping to get a good ranking." Contestant Cheng Ran said while doing warm-up exercises before running.
At 8 o’clock sharp, with a gunshot, the contestants rushed out of the running line from the starting point of the horse test in the summer resort scenic spot. The citizens and tourists along the track cheered for the contestants, and the contestants waved to the citizens on both sides of the track from time to time and posed for love. The reporter saw that on the track, there are professional long-distance runners and newcomers who have just come into contact with road running; There are elderly people with gray hair and children who compete with their parents. Smiles are on everyone’s faces.
"The first runner was a young guy …" With the cheers of everyone, Sun Xiaoyang, the first runner, crossed the end of the half marathon in 1 hour, 17 minutes and 47 seconds.
"Come on, come on …" In the frequent cheers, the second and third place … reached the finish line one after another. The contestants either waved the team flag and cheered, or gathered together to take pictures as a souvenir. The smiles on their faces were enough to prove the happiness that sports brought to everyone.
After crossing the finish line, Han Qi from Qinghai Province took a break in the changing area under the guidance of volunteers. "It feels good to finish the half marathon, the scenery along the way is very beautiful and the volunteers are very enthusiastic." Han Wei said.
Han Qi is a long-distance runner and often participates in cross-country running competitions, but it is the first time to participate in the competition in the scenic spot. "I came to this half marathon with 11 friends, and it was really an unforgettable experience to be able to enjoy the excitement brought by sports and the happiness brought by beautiful scenery." Han Qi said that he intends to spend a few days in Chengde with his friends after the competition, and then have a good stroll in the summer resort scenic area.
It is understood that there are two events in this competition: the half marathon and the mini marathon (6 km). The starting and ending point of the half marathon is located in the test horse in the summer resort scenic spot. There are many scenic spots in the Summer Resort along the competition route. During the running, the contestants can not only enjoy the beautiful lakes and mountains, but also appreciate the lingering charm of classical architecture, so as to enjoy the joy of running, the unique beauty of chengde mountain resort, the profound historical and cultural heritage and the unique experience brought by the multiple integration of sports, culture and nature.
In recent years, the Summer Resort has actively explored the new mode of "tourism+sports" and successfully held many well-known international and domestic sports events. The holding of the Royal Garden Half Marathon and National Fitness Run in 2023 Summer Resort aims to enhance the visibility and influence of Chengde City, promote the integrated development of the city’s tourism industry and sports, and attract more tourists and outdoor sports enthusiasts from all over the country and the world to enter Chengde and the summer resort, further promoting the construction of an international eco-tourism city.
After fierce competition, Sun Xiaoyang from Chengde won the men’s half marathon, and He Hui from Liaoning won the women’s half marathon in 1 hour, 34 minutes and 47 seconds.