Welcome at https://www.runmysilkroad.com


Runmysilkroad is an initiative to breakdown prejudice and motivate others to chase their life dreams – founded by me – Kai Markus Xiong.


Hello, my name is Kai Markus Xiong and I’m  german. Born 1972 in bavaria I’m now located in Hamburg/Germany. Married with my chinese wife we have one son.  Now you also know where my chinese family name come from.

Family Xiong – Yuman Xiong (l), Xavier-Xushu Xiong (m), Kai Markus Xiong (r)

Why is called “run my silk road”?

Inspired by the ancient silk road – a trade and culture exchange caravan way  – which connects many nations and cultures.

“run” because when you are walking and running you will experience the most on your way as you slowly enough.

“my” as we have to find our own ways in our life. There is no right or wrong.  There is what you believe and life for.

“silk” for me is the symbol of our societies with high value but also easy to destroy and

“road” is the symbol of a connection by which we are all connected.  

Kai Markus Xiong – Pamir Mountains Kyrgyzstan

My goals

Build culture bridges to break down prejudice and motivates others to chase their life dreams are my personal main goals.


With my projects and initiative i will show what´s possible in life – everything. 

Kai Markus deliver a speech to students of the local university the day right after his bad accident.


Bring people to move and change their life to healthy and sustainable life style. Especially children as they all are our future. One of many reason why I fight against sugar consumption and promote diabetes prevention.


My own mind-set

„You can think it – you can do it!“


„Alone you can reach many things, but together we can reach everything.“
Teamwork is the only solution for the challenges our societies are facing.

This are my key mind set which leads all my initiatives and mind set.


When it starts

Long time ago i gor a book from my loved grandparents. The book was talking about the ancient china and i was touched about all the inventions there at his time. (the book was called: Was ist Was – das Alte China)

Grandparents of Kai Markus Xiong – Hedwig Zahn (li) and Heinz Zahn (re)

Accompanied by this inspiration and a childhood without fear and grandparents they raised me with the spirit: „if you fight hard enough you can reach everything“ i grew up and learned early the bad influence of prejudice to our societies.

Later when i married my chinese wife and we get our son this influence of stupid useless prejudice come back in my real life. But now i had responsibility to raise a child by my own and set a role model and teach him whats the good and the bad things. From this moment i also had responsibility to his 2nd home country – china.


In 2015-2016 my ideas are growing stronger and faster and i prepared to chance my life step by step without know how it will end up.


2017 I start to change my own life completely and I started to fulfil my own life dream – running from Hamburg in Germany to Shanghai in China – 12000 km to breakdown prejudice.


My Logo

I create a logo leaded by my heart which shows me on my way the most important in my life – my family.

Activity watch

Xiong(熊), my new family name is chinese and means bear and the panda bear is a kind of national symbol in china – our 2nd home country.

The first name of my son is Xavier-Xushu and Xushu(栩树)means something similar to strong tree and the oak tree is a kind of national symbol in Germany.


The combination of oak tree leave and panda bear as a bridge for our two family countries and the name of my son was born.


Showing my family spirit and accompanied my on all ways i go now.

Family-Logo of runmysilkroad – oak leave and panda bear

My blog

Besides my webpage you find my youshouldrunhere.com as well at youshouldrunhere.com

On my blog you will be updated by my projects with pictures, videos and newsletter around the way. The basic idea is to promote places they could be interesting for you to get experience, inspiration and get in touch with others to continue build a culture bridge by traveling.

If you want subscribe my blog-newsletter you will be updated all the time.


Enjoy life and stay healthy and happy…

Kai Markus

athlete, mental coach, business consultant and life dream expert


Olaf Scholz (l) and Kai Markus Xiong (r) at Hamburg City Hall

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