Ex-president to join marathon in Matsu

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/11/04
By: Feng Shao-fu and Christie Chen

Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) Former Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) will take part in a road race in the

Photo courtesy of Lienchiang County government

Photo courtesy of Lienchiang County government

offshore Matsu Islands on Saturday to experience running through the islands’ historic sites, including its renowned military tunnels.

The 2nd Annual Matsu International Marathon will include a competitive full marathon (42 kilometers), half marathon (21 km) and 10-km run, but Ma will only run casually for 3-5 km.

The races will take runners to the islands’ historic sites, such as Tunnel 88, an abandoned military tunnel that is now a wine cellar, and Beihai Tunnel, which was used by the Republic of China army as an underground wharf for supply boats in the 1960s.

Runners will also pass by Iron Fort, where Taiwan’s amphibious reconnaissance team (frogmen) used to be stationed, and The Queen of Heaven Temple, which is devoted to the worship of Mazu, Goddess of the Sea.    [FULL  STORY]

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