Five Kenyans and a Korean took top honours in the 2016 Macau Galaxy Entertainment International Marathon.
The race began in 1981, organised by the Panda Running Club and linking mainland Macau with Taipa and Coloane islands.
Today it is organised by the Macau Sports Bureau and Macau Athletics Association. Its aim is to develop local sports, encourage sports tourism and to strengthen the bond between Macau and other countries.
In the latest edition, Kenyan Peter Kimeli Some finished first in 2:12:52 – a mere three seconds off the race record set in 2011. He was followed by compatriots Dominic Kangor Kimwetich (2:13:19) and Suleiman Kipkesis Simotwo (2:15:21).
In the women’s race, Korea’s Ji Hyang Kim finished first in 2:36:16, followed by Kenyans Joan Jepchirchir Kigen (2:36:48) and Chemtai Rionotukei (2:38:19).
The course includes two stunning bridges. Runners cross Praia Grande Bay to Taipa on the 2.2km Sai Van bridge and return to the Macau Peninsular on the 2.5km Governor Nobre de Carvalho bridge.
Sai Van bridge features a double-deck design, with an enclosed lower deck which is used during strong typhoons when the other two bridges connecting Taipa and Macau Peninsula are closed.
Macau is a Special Administrative Region of China 64km west of Hong Kong. It was settled by Portuguese traders in the 1550s and rented to Portugal as a trading port in 1557. It was the last European colony in Asia when sovereignty was transferred back to China in 1999. Chinese and Portuguese are both official languages.
Registrations for the 2017 Macau International Marathon open in September.