By: Chen Ja-fo and CNA intern Brook Hsiao
Taipei, April 25 (CNA) An international ultra-trail running challenge with a series of obstacles combined with outdoor survival skills and mountain training was held on Sunday in Kaohsiung with the participation of more than 50 Taiwanese and foreign athletes.
The Off-Road Tracker was aimed at testing participants’ physical agility and their skills on emergency response and outdoor survival.
The 54 participants in the 20-kilometer race faced a variety of challenges, such as off-road cycling, rappelling, archery, and running while carrying heavy equipment, swimming through a pond and catching fish by hands.
One of some 20 female participants, Lin Mei-ling (林美伶), who won the third place of women’s division of 20-30 years of age, said it is necessary to be physically healthy first if one hopes to get a better development of his/her professional career. [FULL STORY]