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Quang Nam to host international ultramarathon

2009-09-21 (GMT + 7)

Professional and semi-professional athletes from several countries will travel to Vietnam for a 100-kilometer ultramarathon on the mountain slopes of Tay Giang District in the central Province of Quang Nam from September 30 to October 4.

They have been selected by the Hong Kong-based Action Asia Events.

“If rain makes the roads slippery, we will create steps, pave the way using bamboo, and put up signs for the runners so that they don’t lose their way” Ho Tan Cuong, deputy director of the province’s Department of culture, Sport and Tourism, one of the organizers, said.

“Hanging and floating bridges will also be built. We can guarantee that the athletes will be safe in case of bad weather” Cao Tri Dung, deputy general director of Vietnam Tourism Joint Stock Company (Vitours), another of the organizers, said.

The other organizers are Vietnam Airlines and the Da Nang city Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

The runners would have to cover 30 km a day, spending the night in tents along the route when they would also take part in campfires and enjoy traditional dancing and gong music by ethnic groups among other activities, the chairman of the Tay Giang District People’s Committee, Briu Liec, said.

Some adventure events have been organized in the past in the central region by foreign agencies – like the 25km sea-crossing from Hoi An to Cu Lao Cham Island, held by a Japanese travel firm in 2005.

Other events like crossing the Truong Giang River in Quang Nam Province, scaling the Hai Van Mountain, and paragliding down Ba Na mountain in Da Nang cannot be implemented due to various reasons.

VietNamNet/SGGP/Tien Phong

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