Xi’an Warrior Run Features Competition and Cultural Exchange in New York City’s Battery Park City
Terra-Cotta Warriors lead the competitors at the starting point of the marathon
New York, NY, November 3, 2018 – The Xi’an Qujiang Cultural Tourism Company in partnership with the Sino-American Culture and Arts Foundation hosted the Xi’an Warrior Run in Battery Park City today.
The run was accompanied by a cultural experience featuring Xi'an iconic Terracotta Warriors, traditional performances, and Xi’an cuisine. Racing along the Hudson River, the race featured more than 200 runners and walkers who posed for photos with Xi’an tourist attractions printed on banners along the racecourse.
Along the racecourse: Competitors and the Terra-Cotta Warriors with the themed banners
Speaking to the runners before the race, Ms. Li Li, President of the Sino-American Culture and Arts Foundation said, “When Americans think of historic cities in China, most think of Shanghai or Beijing, but in fact, as the starting point of the ancient Silk Road more than 2,000 years ago and the capital of China for more than 1,000 years, Xi'an is the historical center of China.”
Li Li, President of Sino-American Culture and Arts Foundation gives remarks
Crossing the finish line at the end of the 3K race in first place with a time of nine minutes and thirty-three seconds was Ted Brakob. Ms. Wang Genhua, Deputy General Manager of the Xi’an Qujiang Cultural Tourism Company congratulated Mr. Brakob, presenting him with the first-place prize and encouraging him to visit Xi’an and continue his athletic accomplishments with a bike ride all the way around the top of Xi’an’s intact City Wall.
Peter Zhang, President of Sino-American Friendship Association; Wang Genhua, Deputy General Manager of Xi ’an Qujiang Cultural Tourism Company; Elena Estrin, Director of Education and Tourism Development Committee of Sino-American Friendship Association award the top 3 winners of the marathon
The Xi’an Warrior Run was an opportunity to get people ready for the New York City Marathon taking place the following day while also exposing New Yorkers to Xi’an’s unique culture and tourist attractions. Once the most populous city in the world and the starting point of the ancient Silk Road, Xi’an had long attracted visitors from across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. In recent years, Xi’an is rediscovering its role as a center for foreign visitors and international cultural exchange in China.
Mr. Li, Liyan, Cultural Counselor of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York, also spoke at the event, noting “Xi’an has a wealth of cultural assets and is a top destination in China for tourism. Events like this are a great way to encourage cultural exchanges and deepen mutual understanding between China and the U.S.”
Li, Liyan, Cultural Counselor of the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in New York gives remarks
The purpose of the Xi’an Warrior Run and other activities today was to deepen cultural understanding, share Xi’an’s many tourist attractions, and encourage people to visit the city.