The cross island race route covers the belly belt of the island of Taiwan.  The course begins at Taichung Harbor, runners will run through Zhongbu Cross-island Highway and finally finish at Taroko, Hualien. The route is on fluctuant landform, with a  start elevation of 5 meters, which gradually peaks to 3,275 meters then back down to 40 meters at the finish line.



Elevation Map


    The first 80 Kilometer run starts from the west point of the island and ends at Pu-li Township, the geographical center of island. The participants in the second stage will climb to Ho-huan Mountain . Runners will also face the dropping harsh temperatures as the elevation dramatically escalates to 3000 meters, but runners will be awarded with the most extravagant mountain view of Taiwan.




    The last 100 Kilometers covers passing through the famous Taroko National Park. This park features high mountains and sheer gorges. The various mountain peaks, numerous waterfalls, diverse geographical forms and wildlife, along withTaroko natives create the rich phenomenon of the unique natural ecosystem.

Download the 2014 RATU Overview Slideshow here

View the course through GOOGLE EARTH here. 

View more Course Photos part 1 here 

View more Course Photos part 2 here