Annual 100 Kilometer Walk Attracts 30,000 Participants
An annual 100-kilometer walk organized by the doyouhike.net is on its 12th year. This year’s walk themed “With You All the Way” attracted more that 30,000 walkers and runners from Shenzhen, Shanghai, Changsha and Guangzhou.
The annual walk is a popular outdoor activity in the city, with participants ranging from 24 years of age up to 36 years old and even attracting senior citizens older than 60 . There were two routes offered, one starting from the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center and ending at Dapeng with a total length of 99.97 kilometers and usually taking participants 16 to 24 hours to finish. The other route was only 34.21 kilometers long and began at Damiesha while also finishing in Dapeng.
Volunteers and policemen were scattered along the routes to help provide directions, security, first aid services and free energy drinks. Organizers said that the walk was not a competition, participants were not asked to pay any other application fees other than the required 10 yuan insurance fee. Participants could choose to quit anytime if the felt they couldn’t finish the walk.
The annual walk started in 2001 with only 52 people participating and only six having managed to finish the 103 kilometer walk form Sea World to Dongchong Beach.