Shanghai Orienteering Challenge attracts record participants
More than 20,000 citizens from the ages of 8 to 60 took part in this year's Orienteering Challenge on Saturday, a record for the annual event, which has been running for seven years.
Divided into 3,700 teams, the participants had to complete various tasks along one of the 37 routes by walking or taking public transport. As a popular urban activity, Orienteering Challenge aims at promoting a healthy lifestyle by encouraging people to take outdoor exercises and enhance team spirit during the procedure.
"City Orienteering Challenge becomes one of the hottest events among nationwide fitness activities," said Li Zhixin, president of Chinese Mountaineering Association. "This trendy game echoes with the government's Healthy China strategy, which is both meaningful and creative."
It was also the second year for Abbott, the worldwide leading health-care company, to become a top sponsor of the event.
"It's our honor to be part of the game again," said James Chiu, Abbott China Management Representative. "We see a great value in the City Orienteering Challenge. At Abbott, we help you live the best life you can. We keep your heart healthy, nourish your body at every stage of life and help you feel good. We record your information like use of medicines and improvements in body so as to better manage your health. Abbott has a long history of helping people live better and healthier lives. An event like this truly underscores what Abbott is committed to."
The beauty of the City Orienteering Challenge is that it opens to a wide range of people.
Gu Xiaobo is a diabetes patient. He completed his entire route and the tasks under the help of a real-time glucose monitor from Abbott's FreeStyle Libre system which requires no routine finger sticks. "Disease is not that horrifying," said Gu. "It makes me more disciplined and cherish every achievement of my life."
The event set special routes for family participants. Tasks along the Happy Family route included making children write down wishes for health to their parents, while parents had to make traditional Chinese paper-cutting together with the children.
Health-related elements were implanted into Abbott-sponsored routes. For instance, participants were required to learn how to type "life, to the fullest" by Morse code when arriving at the Shanghai Telecom Museum. At a food outlet, participants had to design healthy recipes, and identify the benefits certain food has for health.
By completing these tasks, Abbott hopes all the participants become more self-conscious about healthy diet and health related knowledge.