Update: 07:06 | 10/04/2022
(BGO) - In just a few days, the 39th traditional Bac Giang Newspaper Run 2022 will take place in Bac Giang city. These days, the runners of Lang Giang district are practicing hard with the determination to retain their top position in the race.
At this tournament, in the category for districts and city, the Lang Giang team consists of 24 runners (16 official and eight reserve ones). Most of them are students from junior high schools with strengths in athletics such as Duong Duc, Tan Hung, Tan Dinh, and Xuong Lam. There are three coaches assigned to guide the team.
A training session of Lang Giang district’s runners.
In the past few weeks, the team has concentrated heavily on training to be ready for the competition. In order to create favorable conditions for the students to have time to both study and practice, the district Center for Culture, Information and Sports has arranged reasonable training time frames (early morning and afternoon from Monday to Sunday), with each training session lasting about 3 hours. The daily activities and learning of the students are arranged at the Voi Township Secondary School.
Among 20 athletes, besides Ngo Thi Nhan (born in 2006), from Duong Duc commune and Nguyen Thi Chuyen (born in 2007) from Tan Hung commune who won the first, second and third prizes in the 400m and 800m women's races at tournaments organized by Lang Giang district and the Department of Education and Training in 2021, the remaining are young runners participating in the tournament for the first time.
Although many runners compete in the Bac Giang Newspaper Run for the first time, they clearly show their determination to make breakthroughs in speed, promising to earn high achievements.
Keeping up achievements
Nguyen Huy Luy, Director of the Center for Culture, Information and Sports of Lang Giang district, said that in previous years, the district regularly organized district-level running races to select excellent runners to compete at provincial-level ones.
Due to the Covid-19 epidemic, this year the district did not organize any tournament. This is also a difficulty for the team when participating in the 39th Bac Giang Newspaper Run. However, from the sources of runners carefully selected from secondary schools and sports clubs in communes and townships, plus the high competition spirit and will, Lang Giang district is determined to continue to win the first prize for the whole team.
After 38 seasons of the tournament, organized by Bac Giang Newspaper in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Department of Education and Training and the provincial Youth Union, in the category for districts and city, the Lang Giang team secured the first place 36 times. Lang Giang’s experience shows that in order to protect the first position for many years, it needs the attention of the Party committees, authorities, departments, and mass organizations from the district to the commune level to the sport movement, including the running races.
The units, including the Center for Culture, Information and Sports, the Division of Culture and Information, and the Division of Education and Training, have well maintained the district's race, attracting a large number of local students and people. The district’s relevant units have developed detailed, methodical and scientific training plans in line with practical conditions. The selected coaches have good expertise, experience, enthusiasm and responsibility.
Notably, the race has received the support of units and sponsors, as well as the consensus of students' parents. In particular, students with high achievements and their coaches have been promptly encouraged and rewarded by the district People's Committee and the education sector. This is a great source of encouragement for athletes and coaches to try hard to gain the best results.
As planned, the opening ceremony of the 39th Bac Giang Newspaper Run will take place on the morning of April 16 at the 3/2 Square (Bac Giang city). To ensure the requirements for Covid-19 prevention and control, this year, the organizers will only hold a marathon without a collective race like every year. Up to now, 21 delegations of districts, Bac Giang city and units in the province have registered to participate the event with nearly 300 athletes.