Taipei-Jorge Maravilla of the United States won a men's marathon that attracted 355 foreign and local runners on Taiwan's outlying archipelago of Penghu in the Taiwan Strait on Sunday.
Maravilla, from California, also won the 2017 San Francisco marathon and has qualified for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020. He finished the 42.195-kilometer race in 2 hours, 43 minutes and 7 seconds, according to the organizers.
Japanese Teruto Taya came second, 24 seconds behind Maravilla.
In the women's event, Taiwan's Hu Ching-ting (???) finished first in 3:30:42.
The Penghu Cross-Sea Marathon was organized by the Penghu National Scenic Area Headquarters under the Tourism Bureau and Penghu County government to mark the 2018 annual Most Beautiful Bays in the World Congress which will be held in Penghu.
A total of 1,523 runners -- including nearly 200 from abroad -- participated in the marathon, which was held in three categories: full marathon, semi-marathon and five-km race. The full marathon attracted 355 runners.
Penghu is made up of 90 islands and islets and has been a member of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club, a United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) endorsed group of 40 bays from 25 countries and territories, since 2012.
Founded in 1997, the Most Beautiful Bays in the World Club is committed to "saving the natural heritage of the bay, preserving its identity, respecting the way of life and the traditions of those that inhabit the area whilst ensuring economic development compatible with these commitments," according to the group's website.
Penghu has been chosen to host the French-based club's world congress in Oct., 2018.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel