Sichuan News Website Ya’an April 30th news (Xu Yufang Picture/Words) Yingjing County 9th Dove Tree Flower Ecological Tourism Festival has opened grandly in Yingjing on April 28th. The extremely beautiful dove tree flowers have attracted thousands of tourists to appreciate the scenery. As the highlight of the 9th Dove Tree Flower Ecological Tourism Festival, the 2017 Happy Run Sichuan Forest Marathon Run First Stop (Yingjing) began at 8 am (April 30th) in Yingjing Longcanggou National Forest Park. The climate was cool and the air was refreshing. The competition was classified into two programmes, including Men/Women Happy Run (10 kilometers) and Men/Women Fun Run (5 kilometers). 500 runners from all over China participated in the competition. Among them, the eldest was over 60 years old, the youngest was 6 years old. Each of them were full of spirit and energy. With the mandate of the referee, they suddenly ran into the racing track, each one chasing one another on the forest track. After 34 minutes, runners participating the Men/Women Happy Run (10 kilometers) ran to the finish point as No. 1.
According to the person in charge of the Sichuan Province Forest Tourism Center, Happy Run Sichuan Forest Marathon Run Competition is a Sichuan Forest Experience Series Product jointly delivered by Sichuan Ecological Tourism Association and Sichuan Track & Field Association, which first used a national forest park in Sichuan as the racing track for forest marathon. The purpose of the competition is to propose a forest exercise leisure lifestyle featured with “Run and be Healthy”, to promote marathon culture, promote a spirit of sports, promote all people exercise and do sports, and to provide a special experience of “Happy Run in the Mountains to Get Closer to the Nature, Forest Oxygen Bar Benefits the Health” to the runners. The reason that the 2017 Happy Run Sichuan Forest Marathon Run First Stop (Yingjing) is held in Yingjing Longcanggou National Forest Park, is because Yingjing County is located in the west edge of Sichuan Basin, Xing River and Jing River run through the whole county. In Yingjing, the mountains stretch long, ravines and gullies criss-cross each other, the height of peaks and valleys are highly different, forming many special natural landscape. Longcanggou National Forest Park is a national forest park that is the closest to Chengdu, taking up an area of 11,300 mu, and the forest coverage rate of which is 97.5%., and the air contains a large amount of negative oxygen ions. The park is full of forest, streams and waterfalls. In the spring, one can appreciate the flower; in the summer, one can avoid the summer heat; in the autumn, one can watch the red leaves; in the winter, one can play with the snow. There are over 100,000 mu of Dove Trees, which are “living fossils in the plant world”, in the park, the area, the number and the density of which are unparalleled in the world.
Later, when the runners participating the 2017 Happy Run Sichuan Forest Marathon Run First Stop (Yingjing) were interviewed by the journalists, they said: “Today, participating the Happy Run Sichuan Forest Marathon Run in the Yingjing Longcanggou National Forest Park is a travel for my heart and soul. Participating the forest marathon is not just a process of enjoying a healthy exercise, but also is a process of sharing the benefits brought about by the ecological environment. Such a good activity can awaken people’s awareness of ecology. Getting close to the nature, has enabled people to experience the beauty of the nature, enabling people to appreciate “the living fossils in the plant world”, dove tree flowers. The flowers are exceptionally beautiful and sway in the wind like dancing doves.”
This time, setting Yingjing Longcanggou National Forest Park as the first stop of the forest marathon run competition, has made runners get to know about ecological knowledge, get closer to the forest, and experience the beauty of the nature and the forest. A healthy lifestyle and aerobic exercise have been accepted by more and more people, and are becoming a lifestyle leading the trend. When the dove tree flowers bloom, participate in an unforgettable forest marathon run competition and run in the forest oxygen bar freely. The large amount of negative oxygen ions in the air will make people forget about fatigue, and the scenery along the road will make the competition avoid dullness. This must be a journey of life crossing space and time, exhilarating the heart and soul.