Taipei, Nov. 23 (CNA) The Soochow International Ultramarathon organized by Taipei-based Soochow University will kick off at the school’s sports field Saturday morning, the school’s spokesman said Friday.
The event has drawn 16 foreign participants from Britain, France, Russia, South Korea, and Japan, and another 16 Taiwanese marathoners, the spokesman said.
The event organizer invited winners of other international events to join the race, which will start at 9 a.m. sharp and last for 24 hours.
Japanese runner Ryoichi Sekiya, the gold medal winner of the World 24 Hour Run Championship held in Canada in July this year, is among the 16 foreign athletes. Sekiya established the Asian record by running 266.275 km at the Soochow International Ultramarathon 24h race in 2002.
The school’s president, Liu Chao-shiuan, said the newly completed running track was floored with Mondo, the world’s leading artificial rubber which creates the best running track performance. He expressed hope that all runners will establish new records at the sports field at this year’s event.
Huang Yi-jen, the organizer’s secretary-general, pointed out that the event’s schedule was changed from the beginning of the year to the end of the year, and thus has made the event an annual championship.
He said the organizer will carry out tests for banned drugs and hold other races including a celebrity one hour run, Soochow faculty one hour run, pajama fun run and a college student race in conjunction with the main event.
The top three winners of the ultramarathon will win prize of US$2,000, US$1,000, and US$500, respectively, Huang said. (By Ruth Wang)