China's first high-tech zone-featured marathon launched
Authorities announce the launch of the Park International Marathon, the first high-tech zone-featured marathon event in China, on Jan 4 at the 2nd China Marathon Expo in Xiamen, Fujian province. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
The Park International Marathon (PIM), the first high-tech zone-featured marathon event in China, was unveiled on Jan 4 at the 2nd China Marathon Expo in Xiamen, Fujian province.
The event, themed on "Technology Changes Contests, Running Spreads Innovation", is expected to bring together innovative startups in the country's 156 national high-tech zones via running, and develop itself into a technological innovation service platform promoting exchanges between innovative resources so that technological results can be applied more widely. It also intends to become a national sports industry innovation platform.
The marathon will have six sub-events, a national final and an overseas event. About 100 technology leaders will be invited to take the lead in the race, and 100 carefully-selected innovative tech products will be displayed along the route.
Four activities such as a forum, an exhibition, a salon, and a music concert will be hosted alongside the event.
The logo of the marathon, composed of a runner, a torch, the capital letters of PIM, and tree branches and leaves, has been registered as a national trademark. The organizing committee explained that the logo means the event will spread the spirit of entrepreneurship, and pass down the torch of innovation from one high-tech zone to another.
It was inspired by remarks made by Premier Li Keqiang during his visit to the Torch High-Tech Industry Development Center under the Ministry of Science and Technology on Aug 22, 2017. Li recognized the center's efforts in startup incubation and hoped that it would pass down the torch of innovation.
Innovation and entrepreneurship are metaphorized as a marathon with no finishing line -- the spirit of any marathon is to challenge yourself and never give up. The PIM, a big event for both high-tech zones and marathons in China, serves as a new vehicle for combining technology and sports.
One example was the intelligent products displayed at the PIM pavilion during the China Marathon Expo, which included a candy-sized wearable physiological parameter measuring device used for sports. The device electronically monitors the hearts of runners, preventing and controlling the risks of exercise while evaluating its effects.
The Park International Marathon, under the guidance of the China Athletic Association and the Torch High-Tech Industry Development Center, will be co-organized by the National Entrepreneurship Camp Alliance and the administrative committees of the high-tech zones that will host the sub-events. It will improve the influence of the high-tech zones in technological innovation and promote the development of sports technology industries.
For more information about the event, please visit its official WeChat account: park-im.