Xie Zhanjun in his hometown, Dongguan Chang’an, on 10th August
Xie Zhanjun returned home on 10th August having finished running from Shanghai to Katmandu, capital of Nepal. After running the Sichuan-Tibet Highway (5,463km), Xie received a warm welcome on his return from fellow runners and colleagues.
The first man to run across China
Xie suffered a great deal from bad weather, rugged landscape, and even scary beasts over the few months of his journey. However, he overcame these difficulties with firm convictions and is now known as the first man to run across China, in just four months.
“I will keep running for love, and to share the positive energy inside me. I just want more people to know how happy you feel when you’re running”, said Xie in Dongguan Chang’an, the starting point for his epic journey.
Xie receving a warm welcome from colleagues on 10th August
A wish to return to normal life
Xie has become a legend among his friends. “You’re really amazing; you are Dongguan’s Forrest Gump. We’re really proud of you. Congratulations!” say Xie’s fellow runners.
“Honestly, I don’t care much about fame or any reputation I gain from running across China. What really matters is the influence and any strength that people can take from my experience, which leads them to sports or support green environmental protection”, said Xie in his interview.
Xie felt relieved after completing his journey. “Right now I just want to rest and keep my normal routine life”, Xie added.