In the afternoon of November 27th, the 2021 Jiangsu University Marathon Association& NNU Campus Marathon was held on the Xianlin Campus of NNU. NNU vice presidents Zhisong Chen, Youlian Sun and Tianjun Cheng, and Xinwei Cui, member of the Standing Committee of the NNU Committee of CPC and the director of CPC Publicity Department, attended the event. Department heads and teacher and student representatives from various colleges actively participated in the event.
Youlian Sun pointed out in her speech that since the first campus marathon was held in 2015, the event has been continuously upgraded with an increasingly positive brand effect. Now the campus marathon has become a school tradition for teachers, students and, alumni to convey the spirit of sport and show the image of NNU. Sun said that the marathon, as an extreme sport that is popular all over the world, is synonymous with perseverance and endurance. The spirit of challenging yourself, surpassing your limits, perseverance and, never giving up shown by participating in a marathon also can serve as an interpretation of the NNU Spirit. Besides, Sun hopes that all the participants can avail themselves of the joy of long-distance running, appreciate the beauty of the Xianlin campus, and live a healthy and happy life while showing the power and splendor of youth with their strength and passion, and showing vitality and a fighting spirit with their running and speed. Thus, ensuring a greater victory will be achieved in the long-distance running of life.
The opening performance “Flower Ball Cheerleading” was inspiring, and the song “Let Me Stay by Your Side” by the Karaoke Association demonstrated the power of dreams. “Just Dance” by the HOLO International Standard Dance Club, “Take Me Down” by the G-mix Dance Association, “Taekwondo + Break” by the Taekwondo Association, and “Running UNO” by the UNO Street Dance Club made the entire crowd go crazy.
At 14:00, when the starting gun was fired, the runners of the 15km and 7.5km races started. The sweating runners and the cheerleaders outside made everyone excited but tense. Their valor, heroic spirit, and agility left a deep impression on everyone present.
Next to the track, volunteers providing medical, security and, supply services gave quality logistic services for the athletes.
As one of the events of the Jiangsu University Marathon Association, this race is an annual brand event of NNU. It attracted a total of 3,800 students and teachers from all over the university, including 1,500 people in the fitness group and 2,300 people in the competition group. Responding positively to the national strategy of national fitness, the campus marathon aims to create a campus culture of participation in physical exercise and to help form a healthy and active lifestyle for all students and teachers.