Over 8,000 marathoners to participate in Taiwan Excellence hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)
HCM City (VNA) - The fifth Taiwan Excellence marathon will be organised on January 14 in Ho Chi Minh City, with more than 8,000 runners expected to participate in.

Athletes from 49 countries and territories, including powerhouses such as Japan, the United States, Chinese Taipei and France, will take part in the marathon, ranging from 5km to 42km. Phu My Hung Urban Area in District 7 will be the starting point.

This year’s run will see the participation of well-known runners, including former Olympic medallist Naoko Takahashi from Japan and 2017 Southeast Asian Games men and women’s champions Soh Rui Yong from Singapore and Mary Joy Tabal of the Philippines, respectively.

Iron woman Vu Phuong Thanh, the first Vietnamese to conquer a 250km marathon in Chile’s Atacama desert, will participate in the event together with other national celebrities and artists.

Recognised as a national tournament, Taiwan Excellence will award up to 200 million VND (9,000 USD) to the winners, besides gift hampers worth 100 million VND (4,500 USD).-VNA