At 7:30am, April 11th, the 2021 Wuxi Marathon kicked off with more than 20,000 runners from across the world. With a passionate “3, 2, 1!” count down, the runners started off towards their goal.
This year, our BIS running team participated in the race, led by Executive President Ms. Sue Su and witnessing the great moments of this beautiful spring season. Please join us in enjoying the highlights of our runners!
From the start of the running season, the positive training atmosphere has filled the campus. Taking part in the race or not, the topic of running has always been popular. To all the participating staff, it was not only out of personal interest to run, but also represents their love for a team that supports and cares for each other. We trained together and shared the same goal of getting the medal!
We interviewed two of our team members, who are going to share their experiences and thoughts on this marathon race.
I think it’s important to say that I didn’t come here alone. I have a team with both Chinese and foreign staff from Boston International School. The team showed our cohesion and unity. I was really moved by the team spirit, striving for success.
It reminds me of a sentence mentioned in the IB philosophy: Everyone in a community can show initiative. We should view ourselves as the contributors to grow and develop the community. I believe that the running spirit of our staff will definitely have a positive impact on our students and the whole BIS community. I hope that everyone in our community will show the IB learner profile by being open-minded, caring, courageous and balanced. We will contribute to make a better and peaceful world through the understanding and respect towards all kinds of culture.
The marathon spirit has shown me that we are not aiming to surpass anyone else but surpass ourselves. When you are insisted on doing something, it will become less difficult. In a marathon, the spirit of persistence is more important, just like in work and life. At the beginning, I could only run 1 km. But I added on several hundred meters every day and now I can run 5 km. This is the marathon spirit of continually challenging ourselves. A lot of my BIS colleagues have shared the spirit so we work for the same goal, which makes the team stronger.
I always stressed that we should stick to our original intention of education: develop our children into excellent talents for the world. It reminded me of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, when global education was challenged. At BIS, all staff worked together to adjust our courses and pedagogy. BIS has become the first international school in Jiangsu Province to reopen the school.
Currently, thanks to the government and our parents, as well as the endeavors of all our staff, there are over 400 students from all over the world studying in our school. I believe that with the inspiration of the marathon spirit, I will continue to lead the team towards a better global education in Wuxi.
U R THE BEST. is the slogan of this year’s Wuxi Marathon, BIS is proud to have its faculty from 19 different countries of the world. Under the guidance of IB philosophy, they keep challenging themselves as lifelong learners, aiming to provide high-quality international education for Wuxi and nearby communities.
BIS running team is looking forward to meeting you at the starting line next year!