Taipei, July 14 (CNA) The 2020 Penghu marathon started accepting applications at 5 p.m. Tuesday and the event, which takes place on Nov. 1, is expected to boost local tourism, the organizers said.

The 2020 Gaillardia Islands Penghu Cross-Sea Marathon is looking to attract 3,500 runners, from more than 20 countries, which would be about 10 percent more than last year, Penghu National Scenic Area Administration Director Hsu Tzung-min (許宗民) told a news conference.

At the same time, the event will bring more than 5,000 visitors to Penghu, giving a boost to local tourism, according to Hsu.

The event, certified by the IAAF (the International Association of Athletics Federations) and AIMS (the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races), offers participants, spectators and tourists a special treat because of the archipelago’s unique geography, culture and landscape, Hsu said.

The races will be categorized into a 42-kilometer full marathon, a 21km half marathon and a 5km race, offering a chance for participants to run on the largest Penghu Island and other islets, including Siyu and Baisha and across the 2,494-meter Penghu Great Bridge that connects them, he said.

This year aid stations will provide competitors with locally produced sweet snacks and lobsters, cuttlefish balls and oyster porridge, he added.

(By Flor Wang and Yu Hsiao-han)


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