A Sub-Plateau called Mile High Area ---- A Letter for Lanzhou Marathon Runners

How long have you been work hard for an aim?

---- A Letter for Lanzhou Marathon Runners

 

Congratulations first, you have got the invitation of Lanzhou Marathon. This is not a chance for everyone. You can see this invitation as a challenge from the sub-plateau and you have accepted the challenge.

 

There is a phrase called MILE HIGH CITY——A city has one-mile altitude. You can imagine that a MILE-HIGH mountain should be a high mountain. The most famous MILE HIGH CITY is Denver of the United States. The NBA team, Denver Nuggets, print these words on the uniform. The team and fans are all proud of this name.

 

Let's do some math here, 1 mile = 1609 meters, so the capital of Gansu, Lanzhou's altitude is between 1500 meters to 1550 meters. This should be the Chinese MILE HIGH CITY. This city is less air than plain, fewer oxygen contents, more sunshine, so this is not a great place for marathons.

 

In fact, when you need to keep running for 42.195 kilometers, every track needs consumption of full energy. Don't afraid of limitations and don't be afraid of altitude. All you need to do is get ready and to feel the charming of MILE HIGH.

 

And no matter how, in the MILE-HIGH CITY, it should be a goal.

 

For example, run the PB of June or the summer PB, might slower than April's PB and October's PB, but they are all the same. In this time, you can hardly find a marathon as friendly as Lanzhou. In 2016, about 2 or 3 kilometers before the end, there was an old man shouted: you are the 32nd. After a while, I heard another one: you are the 33rd. That's clear to a female runner after me. I'm not sure the rank is correct or not, but that is definitely the warmest "big data" cheering method.

 

For example, achieve your Yellow River PB is not means you need to against the Yellow River, which means would you like to offer you all to the marathons along the Yellow River, like Yinchuan Marathon, Zhengzhou Marathon, Dongying Marathon, etc.

 

For example, run your PB over 1000 meters' altitude. You need to against not only the altitude but the Huhot Marathon, Yinchuan Marathon, Kunming Marathon, Guiyang Marathon, etc. Lanzhou marathon is the highest altitude in these races, so try it.

 

Well, even if the running is motivational, even if the running out-put endorphin and dopamine, but comparing with other group sport and ball sports, the marathon is still a long time and boring project. We need to find more meaningful things and self-transcendence from the marathon.

 

There are some the people, they would like to offer their best to Lanzhou. They might be Lanzhou people, they live here, even if the altitude high, this is still their home. They might be runners who come to other places, they totally forgot the MILE-HIGH, and use their whole energy to try to achieve theirs PB.

 

Think about it, how long have you been not working hard for a goal? In Lanzhou, in this MILE-HIGH CITY, it worth!

 

There is a paragraph that I copy from the Olympic Charter: Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life-based on the joy of effort, the educational value of a good example, social responsibility and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.

 

Creating a kind of feeling by the hard working like achieve the goal in Lanzhou. It is not easy, but very happy. Every runner stands on the start of the Lanzhou marathon, please feel free, set a goal, evoke the body, and find a better you.

 

The last advice, remember to find a nice noodle shop, to buy a bow of beef noodles.

 

Believe or not, this noodle will not be lower than 1500 meters, and not higher than 1550 meters.

 

This is the Lanzhou's altitude. This is the best rewards to MILE-HIGH runners from Lanzhou, and congratulations, you got it!

(The author, Tan Jie, China Sports Press, New Sports full-time editor, Lanzhou Marathon runner)