A record-high number of runners have registered to compete in Sunday’s Taipei Fubon Marathon, the Taipei City Government said yesterday.
Now in its 10th year, the marathon has become the most iconic running event in Taiwan, and 46,500 runners are to take part in this year’s competitive marathon, half-marathon and 9km run, according to the city government, which is organizing the event.
The number of female entrants hit a new high this year, increasing 23 percent from last year’s race to 13,000, and a large foreign contingent of 1,700 competitors from 50 countries are set to line up at the starting line.
In addition to the main competitive events, a timed 2km run is being held for children in the fifth and sixth grades, and a non-competitive 3km fun-run is being organized for casual joggers that city officials expect will draw more than 50,000 participants.
A key theme of this year’s fun-run is to encourage middle-aged people and even the elderly to run, with groups of up to 25 members with an accumulated age of at least 1,000 years eligible to receive special souvenirs.
Any full-marathon runner who breaks the course record of 2 hours, 10 minutes, 24 seconds for men or 2 hours, 23 minutes, 37 seconds for women will earn a bonus of NT$2 million (US$66,000).