Extreme march on Silk Road to kick off in April

09:09, February 23, 2011      

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On a recent press conference, Jay Chou (left), Liu Genghong (right) pose with Lin Yijie (middle), Taiwan's youth explorer who is one of the professional team of the march along the ancient Silk Road. [Photo: QQ.com]

An ambitious exploration trip along the ancient Silk Road is slated to kick off from Istanbul, Turkey this April, and end up at Xi'an in September after marching across five countries, Chinanews reports.

Expected to be the largest sporting event that the Chinese mainland has ever held for both sides across the Taiwan Straits, it aims to create a communication platform for outdoor sports fans from both sides to promote cooperation on sports, culture and environmental protection.

It has been revealed that team members of this extreme march are composed of professional athletes and amateurs. The pro team includes Lin Yijie, Taiwan's youth explorer, who adventured to become the first human to run across the Sahara Desert in 2007.

The pro team will set out at five a.m. every morning, running until nine p.m. with only one hour lunch break at noon, says Lin Yijie in Beijing on February 21. They plan to finish a 10,000-kilometer trip on foot in 150 days, Lin added.

It is reported that the pro team will set off from Turkey on April 20, and arrive at the boundary of China and then reach Xi'an city on September 17.

While composed of almost a thousand entrepreneurs who are fans of extreme sports, the amateurs are schuduled to complete a 200 kilometer trip from Lanzhou to Xi'an within 7 days.

There is something more important than finishing the extreme adventure, says Lin Yijie.

"Apart from challenging our extreme skills, we can call for more people's attention to the water-deprived regions in China's west region, and do something for them, such as digging water vaults, planting some trees and protecting water resources." Lin says.

Source: CRIENGLISH.com
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