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"Elevated", "Rich", and "Attractive", the Wulai Gorge Marathon is announced. Aiming for Japan's 10-day Golden Week public holiday, the travel package welcomes Japanese runners to the Running Holidays.

"Elevated", "Rich", and "Attractive", the Wulai Gorge Marathon is announced. Aiming for Japan's 10-day Golden Week public holiday, the travel package welcomes Japanese runners to the Running Holidays.
News 2018/12/18
Date 2019/05/05 - 2019/05/05
Organizer Tourism and Travel Department, New Taipei City Government
Press Release of the Tourism and Travel Department, New Taipei City Government on December 18, 2018
"Elevated", "Rich", and "Attractive", the Wulai Gorge Marathon is announced.
Aiming for Japan's 10-day Golden Week public holiday, the travel package welcomes Japanese runners to the Running Holidays.
Wulai Gorge is a well-known travel destination for both Taiwanese and Japanese tourists; it's also the world's only gorge attraction that is 20 minutes away from an MRT station, and the "Three Treasures of the Air in Wulai", rich ozone, anions, and phytoncides, have made it the first choice for a running tour. The average PM2.5 level in Wulai Gorge as detected by Professor Zhuang Kai-ren of Taipei Medical University falls between 0.1-0.2, which is 100 times less than the value in Daan Forest Park, and it's even 200 times less than the value in Taiwan's metropolitan areas; the result has made the place an irreplaceable attraction. Japanese celebrity runner Ikehata Reina, who won the 1st Wulai Gorge Marathon, one of the Taiwan's Top 10 Quality Sporting Events, has called on Japanese runners to fly to Taiwan for the Running Holidays during the 10-day Golden Week holidays as a memorial to life and to enjoy sports holiday pleasure in Taiwan.

The innovative and stunning visual design of the Wulai Gorge Marathon has incorporated Atayal weaving and the culture of Japanese knot tying.
Called the most fashionable marathon gift for runners, emerging and innovative designer Song Zheng-jie indicated that Taiwan's Atayal weaving and the culture of Japanese know tying complement each other, and both can convey an interweaving affection. Japanese runners jointly participating in the Wulai Gorge Marathon also symbolizes the exchange between the two weaving and ethnic cultures; the main visual icon, Wulai, the English name of the place, has been incorporated into the design in the hope of communicating with more runners around the world through the design, which will allow more people who enjoy the Running Holidays to know more about Wulai. The Wulai Gorge Marathon will be held on May 5, 2019, and is accepting registration submissions. In order to maintain the safety and comfort quality of the trail track, the limited availability for registering for the Full Marathon is 1,500 entrants, and the maximum number of Half Marathon entrants is 2,000. With limited availability only, the registration closes when the event is full. Please submit your registration now. To register online, please go to: https://bao-ming.com/eb/www/activity_content.php?activitysn=3502

"The first choice for female runners to upgrade from the half to full Marathon" due to little traffic distraction along the trail tracks, a very memorable prize for first-time marathon runners, and hot spring beauty therapy.
The race course of the Wulai Gorge Marathon has been officially measured and certified by IAAF/AIMS, and it goes past Wulai Gorge, a cherry blossom trail, a magnificent waterfall, Atayal artwork, and more so as to be comparable to the Taroko Gorge with the standard length of a marathon race; it's the first choice for female runners to challenge the full marathon. Enjoy hot spring beauty therapy in Wulai after the race and win an exquisite trophy for first-time marathon runners. The perfect full marathon experience is at the 2019 Wulai Gorge Marathon.

It's not good enough to merely have a one-day lung purification experience at the Wulai Gorge Marathon, the well-known brand for outdoor casual footwear and apparel, MERRELL, will take you hiking on an enjoyable healthy tour good for the respiratory system.
The Neidong Forest Recreational Area located in Wulai Gorge is ranked first out of domestic forests rich in phytoncides by the investigation of the Construction and Planning Agency, Ministry of the Interior. This time, Professor Zhuang Kai-ren of Taipei Medical University was invited to conduct a field measurement survey, which found the value of PM2.5 level in Wulai was 0.1-0.2, a great performance that shows that Wulai Gorge is not only rich in phytoncides, but also has excellent air quality. The Top 1 brand MERRELL for outdoor casual footwear and apparel in the US has been invited to collaborate in holding the "Wulai Gorge Marathon Healthy Hiking Tour for the Respiratory System " on May 4, the day before the marathon event; the total length of the healthy hiking course is 4.1km, and the route starts from the parking lot of Neidong National Forest Recreational Area, passes Sanxian Waterfall, Xiaochi Waterfall, Xinxian Waterfall, Xinxian Suspension Bridge, Xinfu Road, Pubu Road, and ends at Warrior Square with limited availability for 300 people, who will be given a limited gift once completing the hike. The event date happens to be International Exchange Day. Participants can enjoy phytoncides together with friends from foreign countries; also in addition, the hiking activity can be taken as a warmup before the marathon.

Enjoy the Golden Week Holiday-Limited Tour including a hot springs bath, Atayal culture, and natural foods.
In the press conference of the Wulai Gorge Marathon, Director of the Tourism and Travel Department, New Taipei City Department Chen Guo-jun indicated that the Wulai Gorge Marathon Tour Package has been jointly launched by coordinating with quality travel agencies and inviting both musician Kevin Liao, who is nicknamed little Leehom Wang, and Japanese female celebrity runner Ikehata Reina to be the activity ambassadors. Kevin Liao has also exclusively created the theme song for the event, "Running in Place"; meanwhile, the Ban Qiao Post Office of Chunghwa Post Co., Ltd. has launched a set of Wulai Gorge Marathon limited postcards and stamps, as well as a special postmark, the eyes of the ancestors' spirits; in addition, an antique replica of a mail box from the Qing Dynasty was exhibited at the press conference. Moreover, the creativities presented by the event, such as the female pacer and the entrance closure helper, will definitely allow participants to feel the abundance in the event more than in previous years and the local characteristics of Wulai. We welcome runners from all over the world to visit Wulai on May 5 to experience the "Three Treasures of the Air in Wulai", ozone, anions, and phytoncides, as well as immersion in hot springs and Atayal culture.

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For event registration and MERRELL's activity, please google "E-Better" and " Running Holidays-2019 New Taipei City Wulai Gorge Marathon"
Official Website: https://bao-ming.com/eb/www/activity_content.php?activitysn=3502
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