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Running route in Vietnam's Quang Ngai bewitches runners

Running route in Vietnam's Quang Ngai bewitches runners

Monday, February 19, 2024, 12:22 GMT+7
Running route in Vietnam's Quang Ngai bewitches runners
The Ca Cai Lake mangrove forest has emerged as a tourist site in Quang Ngai Province, central Vietnam. Photo: Alex Cao

Binh Thuan Marathon 2024 in Quang Ngai Province, central Vietnam is a thrilling blend of running around an unspoiled mangrove forest and exploring stunning natural landscapes.

The People’s Committee of Binh Thuan Commune in Binh Son District under the province on Sunday morning launched the running race, which attracted more than 250 participants.

The route traverses the Ca Cai Lake mangrove forest, which has emerged as a tourist site in the central province over the past few years.

Notably, the race featured the participation of ‘barefoot queen’ Pham Thi Binh, who previously shone bright in the international sports arena.

Many professional runners joined Binh Thuan Marathon 2024 in Quang Ngai Province on February 18, 2024. Photo: Tran Mai / Tuoi Tre

Many professional runners joined Binh Thuan Marathon 2024 in Quang Ngai Province, central Vietnam on February 18, 2024. Photo: Tran Mai / Tuoi Tre

Runners were relishing the fresh air and peace of the magnificent route around the mangrove forest, while conquering a race of 10 kilometers.

Runner Binh said that she has competed in hundreds of running events at home and abroad, but the route around the Ca Cai Lake mangrove forest was one of the most enchanting that she has ever experienced.

“Many overseas Vietnamese and professional runners are joining the race,” said Binh.

Before the race started, runners were treated to breakfast, coffee, and art performances, she shared.

The renowned marathoner also added that the race was impressive and was expected to entice tourists to the pristine land.

The Ca Cai Lake mangrove forest becomes attractive thanks to its mysterious beauty. Photo: Alex Cao

The Ca Cai Lake mangrove forest becomes attractive thanks to its mysterious beauty. Photo: Alex Cao

The commune's administration said that the running race around the mangrove forest was intended to create a recreational platform to enhance sportsmanship and contribute to the promotion of tourism in the province.

Through the race, the spectacular images of the Ca Cai Lake mangrove forest might go viral, mainly in the expat community.

Besides, the event was meant to boost the province's green tourism development, spurring its plan to move toward the sustainability of community tourism.

The Ca Cai Lake mangrove forest, some 40 kilometers northeast of Quang Ngai City, covers an area of over 110 hectares.

The mangrove forest was part of a forest restoration and expansion project executed by the provincial Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

The Ca Cai Lake mangrove forest has lured local and international photographers over the past few years. Photo: Bui Thanh Trung / Tuoi Tre

The Ca Cai Lake mangrove forest has lured local and international photographers over the past few years. Photo: Bui Thanh Trung / Tuoi Tre

The mangrove forest has become a popular destination for local and international photographers. 

In the autumn, thousands of white-flowered black mangrove trees shed their leaves, enshrouding the forest in mystery.

Endowed with splendid scenery, Quang Ngai Province is focusing on community-based tourism initiatives at the Ca Cai Lake mangrove forest.

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Tieu Bac - Tran Mai / Tuoi Tre News

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