Lieutenant Kuo Ying-hsin (郭穎欣) completed a 15km mud run in a marathon event co-organized by the US Marine Corps more than 12,000km away from home in New York State during the summer, running with Republic of China (ROC) flags and the words “I love Taiwan” painted on her body to raise awareness about her home country in a distant land.
A second-year graduate psychology student at the National Defense University, Kuo took part in a summer program for young people in the military organized by the Overseas Community Commission in the US, attending summer courses in international relations and military strategy, the Military News Agency reported on Sunday.
During their stay in the US, Kuo, along with Air Force Academy student Ho Min-ta (何旻達), took part in the 15km mud run co-organized by the US Marine Corp, which included not only running, but also challenges involving climbing, jumping rope and crawling, as well as obstacles such as high walls, high nets, jungle terrain, fire, mud and a river.
Kuo said she was excited to have experienced some of the training facilities of the US military.
However, she said she was even more excited to have been able to make more people aware of Taiwan with the ROC flag and the words “I love Taiwan” painted on her body, saying it was proof that the rarely discussed military exchanges between the two countries can go a long way toward telling Taiwan’s story.