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Runners invite public to join last leg of adventure

Staff writer, with CNA

Two expatriates are scheduled to conclude a month-long run around the nation today, returning to Taipei after the 1,100km trip, the pair said yesterday.

Carrying a Republic of China flag to “express their love for the country,” German Sebastian Ang and David Vega from Guatemala have made an online request to their “friends-to-be” to join them on the last part of the journey.

“Our incredible journey is coming to an end,” they wrote on their Facebook fan page, adding that their final destination is Taipei 101.

They invited the public to join them for the last 5km to Taipei 101 or to meet them at the skyscraper at 7:45pm today.

“How many people show up doesn’t really matter,” Ang said. “It’s just a way for us to say thank you to those who have kept supporting us.”

Ang said the “super-exhausting” journey has been incredible.

Ang, 34, and 32-year-old Vega had originally planned to embark on the trip to raise funds for their mobile application development start-up, but later decided to do so without any financial aid.

A Taiwanese employee has been accompanying them by bicycle, carrying their basic necessities.

The trio set off on July 1 from their office in Taipei on a clockwise run around the nation. They arrived in New Taipei City’s (新北市) Shulin (樹林) yesterday, and are scheduled to embark on the final leg of their trip early today.

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