Registration for Xiuguluan River Rafting Triathlon available now till May 12

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--Taiwan’s only sport event that combines rafting, running and cycling will take place in June and registration for the activity begins now until May 12, the country’s Tourism Bureau said on Tuesday.

The event features road running, cycling and, instead of the usual swimming section, whitewater rafting.

Currently in its eighth year, the 2017 Xiuguluan River Rafting Triathlon will begin at Hualien Xiuguluan River Visitor Center in Ruisui Township, Hualien County at 6:30 a.m. on June 18.  

The Tourism Bureau said the previous edition of the event attracted 1,300 participants and the number of participants increases every year.  

Participating athletes will first engage in whitewater rafting from the visitor center on a 11km river course with many sets of rapids, then run 12.6 kilometers along a winding highway (Hualien Highway 64) to the Changhong Bridge on the Pacific coast, and finally cycle 44 kilometers along coastal Highway 11 and back to the bridge.    

According to the Tourism Bureau’s plan, there are three categories in the event: the triathlon (whitewater rafting, road running and cycling), the biathlon (whitewater rafting and road running) and the triathlon relay.

The Xiuguluan River originates in the Central Mountain Range and empties out into the Pacific Ocean. At 104km long, the river is the longest in eastern Taiwan, and a popular destination for whitewater rafting with over 20 sets of rapids.  

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