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Top KMT official to run triathlon

2010/06/01 23:21

Taipei, June 1 (CNA) The secretary-general of the rulingKuomintang (KMT) has agreed to take part in a triathlon Oct. 30, eventhough he will be running the party campaign for municipalityelections at the end of November, race organizers said Tuesday.

Taiwan Ironman, the organizer of Ironman 70.3 Taiwan, said KMTSecretary-General King Pu-tsung, an enthusiastic triathlete, hasaccepted a verbal invitation to compete in the race, the first timethe international triathlon race series will be held in Taiwan.

Ironman 70.3 is a professional sport set up by the WorldTriathlon Corporation in 2006, and has races around the worldthroughout the year.

The number 70.3 stands for the distance of the race -- 70.3miles, or 113 km. It includes a 2-km swim, a 90-km bicycle race and a21-km run.

Taiwanese ultramarathon runner Kevin Lin is also expected to takepart, along with professional triathletes from 20 countries. The racewill be held in Kenting, in southern Taiwan, according to theorganizers.

In addition to the professional racers and a relay event, thepublic can also register to race in categories based on age.

The total prize money will be NT$1 million, with the winner ofthe professionals walking away with NT$150,000.

(By Hsiao Bao-hsiang and Kay Liu)ENDITEM/J