Taiwanese runners drape themselves in national flag at Boston Marathon

Strong winds, thunder, and showers posed big challenges to the participating athletes

(TECO-Boston photo)

(TECO-Boston photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Many of the more than 180 Taiwanese runners participating in this year’s Boston Marathon draped themselves in the national flag as they approached the finish line on Monday (April 15), local time, according to Central News Agency.

Temperatures during this year’s event were higher than at the start of last year's event, which was at freezing 3 degrees Celsius, but strong winds, thunder and showers during this year's event posed big challenges to the participating athletes, CNA said.

As is traditional, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston (TECO-Boston), Brookline Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce, and families of the Taiwanese runners, jointly set up a cheering station before the finish line to root for the country’s runners and give them national flags, according to a press release issued by TECO-Boston.

Of the Taiwanese runners, the oldest was 73-year-old Hu Teng-tsun (胡登村), who has participated in the Boston Marathon four years in a row, CNA reported.

TECO-Boston Director General Hsu Yu-tien (徐佑典) and his wife were also present to cheer on runners from Taiwan. He said he was excited and touched to see so many Taiwanese runners drape themselves in the national flag before the finish line to raise Taiwan’s international visibility, according to CNA. He added he wanted to thank the runners on behalf of the government.

Boston Marathon, first held in 1897, is one of the oldest marathon events in the world. The event takes place on Patriot’s Day, the third Monday of April, every year.

Lawrence Cherono, of Kenya, won the 123rd Boston Marathon in 2 hours, 7 minutes 57 seconds, two seconds before two-time Boston Marathon champion Lelisa Desisa. Worknesh Degefa, of Ethiopia, won the women’s title in 2:23:31.

(TECO-Boston photo)