Imaging running through a canyon surrounded by falling water reflecting the exquisite green hues of the vast surroundings. This is the best way to describe being a Taroko marathon runner in Hualien. From the Central Cross-lsland Highway to Tian Xiang, from flat land to mountainous canyons, this is the only canyon racetrack in the world.
On November 2, 2019, it was a chill Sunday morning when eight GMBAers and their families joined this fabulous run. This year, runners were from 35 countries, and GMBA contributed 7 countries, including Japan, Thailand, Haiti, China, Switzerland, Mongolia, and Taiwan. Although we were in different groups, Happy Marathon (5km), Leisure Marathon (12km), and Half Marathon (21km), we all enjoyed the beautiful and magnificent Taroko Gorge along the running trail and cheered for one another.
Just like the marathon theme of this year, we run lovers are keen to run for our dreams. We all believe that long-distance running is not only a physical exercise but also a spiritual practice. Attending big race events once a year is not enough anymore; most of us have also joined GMBA running G and EMBA outdoor club in our leisure time. Running marathons can be seen as an analogy for studying GMBA at NTU. As said by Christopher Reeve, "so many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.” This is the spirit of GMBA and marathon runners.