Kinmen holds half-marathon to promote tourism

Some 1,600 runners converged on the outlying Taiwanese island of Kinmen on Sunday for a half-marathon.

First place in the men's division went to Ho Chin-ping, who finished the 21.1-kilometer race in 1 hour 17 minutes and 32 seconds. The women's title went to Fang Yun-ju, who finished with a time of 1:52:23.

Sunday's event also included a 10-km fun run. It was the latest in a series of races aimed at boosting tourism in Kinmen's five townships.

The final run in the series is scheduled for Nov. 26 in Jinsha Township. The county government says that after seeing participation growing from one race to the next, it is considering making the circuit an annual event.

The signature race in the series is the Kinmen Marathon. In 2007, the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races certified that event, making Kinmen the first of Taiwan's outlying islands to boast an internationally certified marathon.

Source: Radio Taiwan International