Nearly 20,000 people participate in Sun Moon Lake swim in central Taiwan

Nearly 20,000 swimmers participated in the annual Sun Moon Lake mass swimming event on Sunday morning.

Nearly 20,000 swimmers participated in an annual Sun Moon Lake mass swimming event in Nantou County, central Taiwan on Sunday morning. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)—Nearly 20,000 swimmers participated in an annual Sun Moon Lake mass swimming event in Nantou County, central Taiwan on Sunday morning.

Now in its 34th year, the cross-lake Sun Moon Lake Swimming Carnival event takes place around the Mid Autumn Festival every year and has attracted swimming enthusiasts from all over Taiwan and around the world to participate.

A total of 19,862 swimmers attempted the 3 km swim this year, including 896 swimmers from 36 different countries, 243 physically challenged persons as well as Taiwan's former president Ma Ying-jeou, who participated for the 5th time.