Changbin Double Waves King Kong Marathon
In Changbin Township, Taitung County, there is a straight road hidden between Provincial Highway 11 and the Coastal Range. The road is known as “King Kong Boulevard” because the mountain next to it resembles “King Kong.” On your first trip to King Kong Boulevard, you will be amazed by the views of tall mountains and the expansive sky. The Pacific Ocean lying to the east and the seemingly boundless green paddies make visitors feel like they are entering a wonderland. The ECNSA Headquarters integrated the Township’s name, wavy rice plants, ocean waves, and King Kong Boulevard to launch the first “Changbin Double Waves King Kong Marathon” event in 2016.
“Changbin Double Waves King Kong Marathon” is held annually on the first Sunday of May. The event comprises a 42 km full marathon, a 21 km half marathon, and a 7.5 km LOHAS run. The race starts from Changbin Elementary School and goes through the tribal community. With a cheerleading team made up of local residents along the way, runners enter King Kong Boulevard after about 3 kilometers and then continue in the direction of the sea. When approaching Provincial Highway 11, they must turn left and head north. They will then run through famous attractions such as Baxian Caves, Landmark of Tropic of Cancer and Changhong Bridge. Since 2017, Changbin Township Office and local businesses have participated in this grand event. The night before the marathon, a “roadside banquet” is held at the square in front of the Township Office in order for all participants to get together and enjoy local delicacies.
The critically-acclaimed event of “Changbin Double Waves King Kong Marathon” moves every participant with the spectacular scenery, local delicacies and hospitality; it was awarded 4.8 stars (out of 5) by the renowned sports website “Sports Note.”