Jiajia Li and Jingyan “Leti” Tang of China captured the inaugural XTERRA Taihu Trail 50K trail races at the Taihu National Tourism Vacation Zone in Suzhou on Sunday, November 15, 2020 with winning times of 4:50:02 and 5:50:15, respectively.
The 50K race, which routed through Yuyang Mountain and Guangfu scenic spots surrounding the famous Taihu Lake, boasted more than 2,100-meters of elevation gain and awarded two International Trail Running Association (ITRA) points.
Chinese Paralympian and XTERRA standout Jiachao Wang placed second in the men’s 50K race, followed by Weiming Fu, while Huiru Zhuang and Fen Li placed second and third in the women’s race.
In the 30K race, which awarded one ITRA point, Fei Li took the tape in 2:50:45, with Hsinshan Le in second and Chang Liu in third. Xing Wu won the women’s race in 3:57:42, followed by Ling Lin and Chuanli Zhang in second and third.’ More than 1,000 trail runners took part in the inaugural XTERRA Taihu events, which also included 5K and 10K trail runs. The events were just one part of a “green weekend” to celebrate and honor the XTERRA China running community who successfully completed a six-month “X-plogging” sustainability initiative.
“XTERRA is a brand of health, good lifestyle, and environmental sustainability,” said XTERRA China general manager, Joffie Qiao. “We hope this way we could see more people involved in this sport, promote more awareness of our concept.”
The XTERRA China team hosted additional sustainability initiatives over the weekend including plogging events around the Taihu National Tourism Vacation Zone, they donated $2,000 USD to the China Green Foundation to plant one tree for every athlete who participated, and provided reusable cups for participants.
“What impressed me the most with this event was the emphasis on environmental preservation, from the racing bags to small details implemented during the race to protect our nature,” said participant Huang Zhi Shan, an X-Plogging Ambassador. “It was not entirely a sporting competition; it was more of a joyful union of like-minded people.”
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