TCU’s Annual 10km Race is Good to Our Health and Mother Earth – Many Alumni Join this Event

英文電子報

Text/Photo: Chia-Yi Lee
Translation: Steve J. Lin

Those who love running, they enjoy the feeling of sweating and running, often invite their friends to take part in various running events sponsored by cities or counties. Since 1995, completing a 10km run within a certain time limit has been one of the graduation requirements for every TCU student, but it is not a requirement anymore. Running was not popular back then, and many students didn’t feel like running 10km. This is the 23rd year that TCU has sponsored this event, and many alumni have come back to run with TCU students. Sheng-Yuan Wang, Department of Public Health Class of 1998, is CEO of a consulting firm, who has attended various marathons (42 kilometers) and half-marathons (21 kilometers). TCU’s 10km race is just a mini marathon, yet he makes great effort to join this race. Feeling the love and concern from Masters at Jing-Si Abode, enjoying meeting old and new friends, and appreciating Hualien‘s beautiful mountains and ocean, he tries to come back every year. He also invites his colleagues to run the 10km race with him, since it helps reduce stress and enhances persistence.

喜歡路跑的人,習慣性參加各縣市舉辦的路跑比賽,與朋友一起用汗水和雙腳寫下自己的紀錄,而慈濟大學自創校開始民國84年就規定同學必須要跑過十公里慈大精舍之路,才能畢業,當時在路跑還沒興盛前,為了畢業門檻學生們咬著牙硬撐,但也因此慢慢培養同學的運動風氣,今天慈大舉辦第23屆路跑,除了在校生參加外,還有許多校友也回來跑,87級公衛系校友目前是國內某企業顧問公司王聖源總經理表示,雖然征戰過國內外許多路跑,例如全馬(42公里),半馬(21公里),慈大十公里是迷你馬,但這迷你馬卻是每年都要排除萬難參加的,因為有精舍師父的溫暖,同學之間的情誼,還有花蓮好山好水的陪伴,特別不一樣,而他也鼓勵公司同仁參加路跑,可以紓解壓力還可以培養毅力。

In the past, TCU asked males to complete 10km run within 80 minutes, and 90 minutes was for females, and they had four years to pass it. Those who had special conditions would be exempted, provided they had a physician’s written advice. TCU doesn’t require students to complete 10km run anymore, yet every year many students participate in the 10km race. It is fun to run with classmates, and it is touching to run back to Jing-Si Abode, which is the origin of Tzu Chi and our spiritual home.

慈濟大學自創校開始就有體育畢業門檻,包括游泳50公尺通過和10公里賽跑。後做修訂,可選擇十公里路跑於規定時間(男80分鐘,女90分鐘)內完成,4年內通過一次即可;或參加心肺適能檢定通過等即可,若無法參加各項體育技能檢定,則需醫生證明。體育教學中心黃森芳主任表示,雖然十公里改為同學自願參加,但每年參加的同學還是很多,利用大型活動可以增加班級的感情外,最重要的是大家一起跑回靜思精舍,回到慈濟的發源地,心靈的故鄉意義更重要。

President Pen-Rong Wang officially started this event, with more than 700 participants running from TCU’s main campus along country roads. On the way to Jing-Si Abode they saw Kuo-Fu Garden, the wall of Hualien Air Force Base, and so on. In order to ease runners’ thirst, TCU provided water filled in a recyclable cup, unlike some other organizations which provide water bottles or cups that are usually thrown away by the runners. The Department of Public Health’s Class of 1998 has held its class reunion on this day for the past three years, and this is the fourth year. This year there were five members coming from Taitung, Taipei and Kaohsiung to attend the reunion. Sheng-Yuan Wang travels overseas quite often, but he manages to come back to TCU every year. They feel that running in the morning is very healthy, and in the afternoon, they dine with their professors, to recall their college memories.

10公里路跑由王本榮校長鳴槍起跑,超過700位跑者從慈濟大學操場沿著國福花圃到空軍基地旁小徑,最後順著鄉間小路跑回佳民村精舍。台灣很多路跑活動為了方便選手補水,會提供紙杯礦泉水瓶等,慈大路跑的特色就是不只要健康還要環保,途中所設跑者補水站,一律用可回收的環保杯。87級公衛系已經連續四年利用10公里舉辦同學會,今年共有五位參加,分別從台東,台北,高雄等地回來花蓮,王聖源同學因為工作關系常常在國外,但每年一定排出時間回到母校。他們表示,大家能一起跑步是最健康同學會,早上參加路跑後,中午會回到學校餐廳與老師聚餐,重溫校園生活。

What makes people interested in running? Tsung-Hsi Lai, a 58 years old member of the Tzu-Cheng Dads, said that regular exercise is a key to running smoothly. Zhen-Gui Bai is a student originally from Korea, who won the second place of the males’ group. He said, “I like the pain associated with running, and I know very well that my physical well-being is enhanced.” Hualien’s beautiful mountains and ocean make running quite enjoyable. Ke-Li He came to TCU to learn Chinese, and he has run in many small towns of Taiwan, yet he feels that Hualien is the best place, where we have fresh air and it is enjoyable to run.

跑步有甚麼魅力可以讓人一直跑呢?今年58歲慈誠爸爸賴宗禧分享,平日沒有鍛鍊是絕不可能跑得順利的,因此參加跑步是鞭策自己每日運動的方法。獲得學生男子組第二名韓國籍學生白鎮圭說:「我喜歡跑步完全身痠痛的感覺,因為接下來你可以感覺到你的體能又往前進步了。」,而花蓮的好山好水特別適合路跑活動,來慈大學習華語的郝克禮喜歡利用參加路跑認識台灣各鄉鎮,他覺得慈大路跑風景特別優美,空氣新鮮,跑起來舒服。

Xuan-Ning Lin, who won first place of females’ group, is a student in the School of Chinese Medicine. She enjoyed the run with her classmates, and she was happy to receive the award which is a Sports Center Pass to let her exercise steadily. After arriving the finish, all participants enjoyed a delicious breakfast prepared by the Masters of Jing-Si Abode and Tzu-Cheng Yi-Te Dads and Moms, then took part in awards bestowal ceremony. TCU’s vice president Mu-Chu Hsu reminded students of the importance of maintaining their mental health, and encouraged students to exercise regularly. Master Der-Shin wished students would cherish their peace and health, never go to bed late or wake up late, follow the natural law and be joyful and healthy persons.

學生女子組第一名後中醫林宣寧則是利用學校大喜館鍛鍊體能,他覺得十公里賽跑最棒的是可以和同學一起歡樂,獎品是大喜館使用證,讓他可以繼續維持健康的身體。經過十公里的路跑,參賽者享受精舍師父和慈懿會們貼心準備的早餐後參加頒獎典禮,慈大許木柱副校長勉勵大家,未來出社會後身心靈健康非常重要,大家要繼續保持運動的習慣。德昕師父開示,希望同學能夠珍惜現在所擁的平安和健康,不要太晚睡,太晚起,跟著天地的作息做一個幸福健康的人。