Taiwan runner wins U.S. G2G Ultra Marathon

09/27/2015 10:00 PM

Taipei, Sept. 27 (CNA) Taiwanese runner Tommy Chen (陳彥博) took the first place in the Grand to Grand (G2G) Ultra Marathon event in Kanab in the United States Saturday, Chen wrote Sunday in his Facebook post.

The course covers 273-kilometers over 6 stages in 7 days and throughout which participants had to carry their own food and other personal belongings and trek by geological mesas, buttes and cliffs and enter into a series of unique canyons, hollows and valleys, according to Chen.

During the course, drinking water and first aid supplies were made available at check points established every 10-15 km on the route.

The race kicked off on Sept. 20 and attracted 150 participants from 24 countries who faced 84.7 km each of the third and forth days over varied terrain, but consisting of almost 75 percent sand, according to the official website.

The event took place in Kanab, Utah, where the temperatures in September range from 8-40 degrees Celsius and athletes were pitted against the inclement conditions of a mix of desert and other terrain including hard packed sand, soft sand, sand dunes, forest trails, red rock climbs, rocky roads and slot canyons.

The starting line is situated at a remote location on the north rim of the Grand Canyon with breathtaking vistas at an altitude of 1,626 meters. The finish line is on the summit of the Pink Cliffs of the Grand Staircase at an altitude of 2,651 meters.

The total ascent over the 7-day course is 5,499 meters, with a total descent of 4,477 meters.

In the post, Chen said that despite exhaustion and foot injuries from the tough journey, he felt happy with the result as his work has paid off. (Lee Cheng-yu and Evelyn Kao)

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