Sporting Events in Taitung County 臺東縣: Fall 2013
I went swimming in Taitung's Flowing Lake 活水湖 last Sunday, and watched some of the "Beauty of Taitung" 台東之美 triathlon. I think it was the "sprint" competition.
I joined this event two years ago. Can't say it was the best triathlon I've ever been to. At the time a typhoon was on the way, and the whole thing was a mess from start to finish. Hopefully they've learned how to do it better.
The Runner's Market* 跑者廣場 site says there's a Super Ironman coming on 10/12. I don't attend "super ironmans" myself, owing to the fact that they are incredibly exhausting. I do enjoy watching them though. You've never seen Tired until you've seen the LAST guy to finish one of these things. It's late, maybe eight hours or so after he's started, and he's in serious pain.
There are also many local soccer, table tennis, and badminton competitions during this time. Most of them will be held in Taitung's Athletic Center 體育場. These are primarily directed at elementary, junior, and high school students.
On 10/20 there's a running activity in Taitung's Forest Park 森林公園. To join you are required to bring receipts for charity. It would best be described as a 3K "fun run."
On 10/26 there's a strange "Dentist's Race" in Hai Duan Township 海端鄉. I didn't study the rules all that closely, but I think you need to be a dentist to enter. They have a marathon, a half marathon, and a 10K. 10/26 is also the day that the Taitung Urban and Rural Association 台東城鄉運動協會 hosts the third leg of a round-Taiwan bicycle race in Taitung's Forest Park. There is also an associated bicycle activity during this day.
The Taitung Open of Surfing is from 11/15 to 11/17. I'm not a surfer myself, but I have heard many things - both good and bad - about this competition.
On 11/17 Chr Shang Township is hosting the Taitung Lohas Marathon 樂活馬拉松. I'll be joining this one for the half marathon. There are also marathon, 10K, and 5K divisions. This race will be held on the scenic "Mr. Brown" road 伯郎大道, just south of downtown Chr Shang.
On 12/1 there's the Super Marathon in Chr Shang. 333 KM! In six days, they run from Chr Shang to Hualien City 花蓮市, then from Hualien City down the coast to Taitung City, and from Taitung City back to Chr Shang, averaging 56 KM a day. Lord knows why anyone would want to run that far, but I'm sure someone will show up for it.
There's also another, more reasonable marathon in Chr Shang on 12/7, the following weekend. This marathon also features a half marathon and a 10K. It starts from the Papago Resort 日暉度假村 in downtown Chr Shang, not far from the train station. I'll probably go if I'm free that weekend.
And after this marathon there are no races scheduled until March 2014. Perhaps I'll see you in Chr Shang!
Taitung's New Movie Theater
Hot Springs in Taitung County
Lantern Festival in Taitung 元宵節 (中)
The Chr Shang Marathon 樂活台東池上田邊馬拉松賽 (中)
*This site also has an English version, but it is extremely unreliable. If you are interested in other races around Taiwan and don't read Chinese, have a Taiwanese friend read through the Chinese version of this site with you. Also be warned, signing up for races in more rural areas can be a severe pain in the ass.
If you can read Chinese, the "Map of Taitung Sports Information Network" site is also useful.