Running on Fumes 臭氣路跑
Last weekend I took part in the Taiwan Sugar Corporation's "Sweet Road Run." This road run started and ended at the Jianshanpi Jiangnan Resort in Tainan County, about an hour north of Tainan City. It took me about two hours to finish the half marathon. 上個周末我參加了甜蜜台糖公益路跑. 路跑比賽的起點跟終點都在台南縣尖山埤江南渡假村. 從台南市區開車往北走到那裡差不多一個小時. 我花了兩個小時左右跑完半馬拉松.
The Jianshanpi Jiangnan Resort is near the Jianshanpi Reservoir. From the "Formosa Freeway" (number 3), you take the Liou Ying 柳營 exit, and from there the signs lead to the resort. There is a small farming town just outside the entrance, which is on the other side of a forested hill. 尖山埤江南渡假村在尖山埤水庫附近. 在福爾摩沙高速公路柳營出口處有指示牌指往度假村的方向. 度假村的大門前有一個小農村. 農村後面的山坡就是度假村的所在地.
The race started at 7 AM, but due to the calamitous parking situation I was late in starting the race. The race organizers had designated two parking areas on either side of the freeway, but the roads around there are small, and confusion reigned. The people attempting to direct traffic had no idea what they were doing, and all we could do was find a relatively convenient parking space, and follow the crowds to our destination. 路跑從早上7點開始, 可是停車的狀況混亂到我沒辦法準時開跑. 主辦單位在高速公路出口的兩邊都有停車場, 可是那附近的路很小, 到處都塞車. 指揮交通的工作人員也沒掌握好情況. 我們只能隨便找一個停車位, 然後跟著人群走到路跑的起點.
The running course described a lazy circle around the local tourist sites. We passed through the Du Yuan 德元 Dutch Village, and from there out into farmland. We ran up a long straight road past factories, and from there into a series of towns before following a long boulevard back towards the resort. I managed to run the first 16 km, but after that I had to walk/run to the finish. 路跑的路線繞經當地觀光景點一圈. 我們跑進去德元度假村, 之後跑經大片農地. 也跑經過很多工廠, 再跑進去一些農村, 最後跑了一條很長的路到終點. 我剛開始跑了16公里, 可是後面的5公里我只能一邊跑一邊走.
As I ran or walked, the smell of pigs wafted my way from every direction. Pig farming is big business in that part of Taiwan, and the smell was not pleasant. There were also strange odors emanating from the factories we passed, and also exhaust from trucks passing by us on narrow roads. It was definitely the worst smelling road race I've ever attended, and perhaps also the worst organized. 我一邊跑一邊走的時候, 到處都是豬的味道. 在這個地區很多人養豬, 所以味道超重. 還有其它的味道從工廠冒出來. 也有經過我們的卡車的廢氣. 這個路跑比賽是我參加過的路跑比賽中最臭的. 也可能是最亂的.
Just the same, I was happy to cross the finish line, and happy to get a bottle of water. I was tired, I was hot, and I was ready to stop running. The "Sweet Run" might not have been the best running experience I've ever had, but if nothing else it was a story to tell. The Sweet Run? Not so sweet after all. 不管臭和亂, 我還是很高興跑到終點, 也很開心拿到一瓶水喝. 我很熱也很累, 也準備好休息了. 雖然這一次的路跑比賽不是我最好的運動比賽經驗, 可是跑完之後就有故事可以說了. 甜蜜路跑? 沒有那麼甜蜜.
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