Tainan Old-Town Marathon set for March 16
By Chi-hao James Lo, The China Post
March 16, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Tainan Old-Town Marathon is set for its eighth installment on March 16. Known as one of the most significant events in the south of Taiwan, the marathon serves as a sports and tourism event, attracting runners worldwide to journey to the area annually, with NT$100,000 up for grabs for the winners.
Sticking true to the title of the annual race, the city has meticulously arranged the route to pass through three not-to-be-missed scenic areas with substantial historical significance. Three of the attractions, Fort Provintia (赤崁樓), State Temple of the Martial God (祀典武廟) and Taiwan Confucian Temple (台灣孔廟), have been listed as three-star attractions by Michelin Travel & Lifestyle, along with the initial point at which Zheng Chenggong (鄭成功) first stepped on the island in 1661. The route will take runners through the beautiful atmosphere near the city's historical landmarks, the ocean and some of Taiwan's most well-known temples.
To promote the event to marathon enthusiasts and their families, the city has incorporated various promotions with restaurants and hotels for the event. More than 10 hotels have announced a 50-percent promotion in honor of the event. Tourists are encouraged to take advantage of the chance as well. Various restaurants have also created special dishes tailored to the special health needs of marathon runners.