Formosa Trail cross-country mountain marathon 美哉古道越野賽 最怕垃圾 、捕獸鋏

Tue, Nov 28, 2017 - Page 14

The 2017 Formosa Trail cross-country run kicked off on Saturday at Liyutan in Nantou County’s Puli Township. More than 600 competitors from 35 different countries took part in the 104km cross-country run through mountain forests which is the longest event of its kind in Taiwan.

Foreign athletes came from countries as far as northern Europe, Germany, Hungary and the US to take part, combining the competition with a holiday in Taiwan.

Petr Novotny, who hails from the Czech Republic and originally came to Taiwan to study for a PhD at National Taiwan University, is also a professional marathon and cross-country mountain athlete and organized the competition with his wife, Eva Lobo, who is a member of the Sediq Aboriginal tribe. After a year of work surveying a section of the Formosa Trail which runs through Puli Township and the Jenai area, last year the competition was held for first time and received the seal of approval from international athletes.

Eva Lobo says that although Taiwan’s mountain forests are extremely beautiful, she is concerned that two things may put a dampener on the event: garbage and animal traps, which she fears foreign competitors would find troubling. Eva Lobo has called on her fellow countrymen to care for the mountain forests and refrain from despoiling nature.

(Liberty Times, translated by Edward Jones)