Not Afraid of the Bitter Cold; 17,000 Contestants Participate in Kinmen's Marathon
The coldest marathon in history was hosted by National Quemoy University on January 16th. Seventeen thousand contestants from fourteen countries, mainland China, and Taiwan put up with (1) the extreme cold and participated in the event. All runners from Kenya broke the time records in the race. Taiwanese runner Jiang, Jie-Wen placed third in the contest and also managed to achieve a record of two hours, 20 minutes, and 51 seconds, the most impressive performance for Taiwan's domestic male marathoners.
The 2011 Kinmen Marathon started at National Quemoy University at 8 a.m. on the morning on January 16th. Despite the cold wave that "froze several to death", many contestants showed up. Four-hundred and two contestants participated in the full marathon while 1043 contestants ran the half marathon. Three-hundred and seventeen runners ran 11.2 kilometers with 15,320 contestants doing the fitness-and-leisure group for a total of 17,082 participants in the entire event. Secretary General of Kuomingtang (KMT) Jin, Pu-Cong (金溥聰) and Commissioner of Cultural Communication Commission Su, Jun-Bin (蘇俊賓) also completed the half marathon, capturing the attention of the audience.
The activity was set into action after Magistrate Li, Wo-Shi, Council Speaker Wang, Zai-Sheng, Deputy Director of International Sports, Sports Affairs Council, Jiang, Xiu-Cong (江秀聰), Deputy Mayor of Xiamen City Zang, Jie-Bin (臧杰斌), Secretary General of KMT Jin, Pu-Cong, President of Kinmen Kaoliang Liquor Inc. Li, Qing-Zheng fired the gun to signal the start of the event. The entire race was divided into the full marathon (42 kilometers), half marathon (21 kilometers), 10-kilometer track-and-field race, and the most popular 5-kilometer fitness-and-leisure group, with all receiving delicate gifts.
In the full marathon male group, Kenya's Peter Kiprotich Cherus won first place with a record of 2 hours, 19 minutes, and 22 seconds. Seocnd place was also acquired by a Kenyan, Lawrence Kiptto Snia, with a time of 2 hours, 20 minutes, and 49 seconds. Taiwan's elite runner Jiang, Jie-Wen seized third place with a time of 2 hours, 20 minutes, and 51 seconds. These three runners broke the records for the male's full marathon.
In the marathon female group, Kenyan runner Viola Chepleting Bor won the race as a defending champion with a record of 2 hours, 40 minutes, and 56 seconds. Second place went to Kenyan Emily Perpetua Chepkorir with a performance of 2 hours, 43 minutes, and 17 seconds. Both of them broke previous records of 2 hours and 44 minutes. Third place winner was a Taiwanese rising star Chen, Ya-Fen (陳雅芬). Her record was 3 hours, 3 minutes, and 57 seconds.
女子全程馬拉松組，第2度參賽的肯亞女將薇歐拉‧博爾（Viola Chepleting Bor）以2小時40分56秒成績封后，衛冕成功；第2名也是肯亞的愛蜜莉‧切普可瑞爾（Emily Perpetua Chepkorir），成績2小時43分17秒，追隨博爾之後，同破2小時44分的大會紀錄；第3名為國內長跑新秀陳雅芬，成績3小時3分57秒。
Although the low temperature caused runners and working staff to feel somewhat uneasy, more than 4000 Kinmenese still came out to cheer the contestants on.
Magistrate Li declared to both domestic and international runners that he will see them again next year in Kinmen. In addition, he urged further improvements in the Kinmen Marathon both in its quantity and quality.
●1. put up with-忍受、容忍。
●2. make up of-組成。