A marathon in the outlying island county of Kenmen was held Sunday with more than ten thousand runners from more than ten countries across the world in participation. Kenyan runner Plilan won the championship in the men’s full marathon. The marathon kicked off with an opening ceremony at National Quemoy University with the attendance of Kinmen County Vice Magistrate Lin Te-kung, Speaker of Kinmen County Council Hung Li-ping, National Quemoy University President Huang Chi, Chinese Taipei Road Running Association President Danny Tsao, along with county tourism bureau's director Wang Chung-Sheng.
Kenyan runners Samal Emanuel Plilan and Salina Jebet, took the first place in the men's and women's 42km full marathon, respectively. Kenyan runner Plilan passed the finish line with a time of two hours, 21 minutes, and one second.
In the half marathon races, Taiwan's Ho Chin-ping grabbed the men's title after racing across the 21 km distance in 1:07:17, beating the record he set last year, while Yu Ya-chun, also from Taiwan, clocked 1:24:31 to win in the women's group.
The Kinmen Marathon is a high-profile running event in Taiwan known for its blend of beautiful scenery, rich cultural heritage, and landscape along the road, including Chihu Wetlands, Guningtou Battlefield, and Green Tunnel.
The marathon was hosted by the Kinmen County Government and was organized by the Chinese Taipei Road Running Association with sponsors including Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor Inc., beverage manufacturer Vitalon Foods Company, and Chinese sporting accessories company 361 Degrees Group.