The organisers of the 21st edition of the Taipei Marathon that will be held on December 19, 2020 have said they will allow only 12 foreign runners to participate in this year’s race due to COVID-19 Pandemic.
The runners will also be required provide certification of COVID-19 inoculations or negative COVID test results.
“Runners will be asked to offer their health reports before they can pick up their marathon kit. The documents must indicate they have received at least one shot in the past 14 days, have tested negative in a rapid screening or PCR test, or have recovered from the disease and been discharged from quarantine,” the Deputy Taipei Mayor Tsai Ping-kun said.
Masks are still mandatory for runners at the start and end of the marathon. They can take the protective coverings off during the run, CNA quoted Tsai as saying.
“The foreign elite athletes must comply with strict border controls and offer a negative PCR result conducted a day prior to the event.” Said Tsai.
Paul Lonyangata holds the men’s marathon course record of 2:09.18 that he set last year while the women course record is held by Helena Kirop of 2:27.36 that she set in 2011. both Record holders are from Kenya.
The 2021 Taipei Marathon has full and half-marathon events with a 28,000 cap on the number of runners. The event starts at Taipei City Hall Plaza and registration is open Oct. 4-27.