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The 9th Seychelles Eco-friendly Marathon

The 9th Seychelles Eco-friendly Marathon ends successfully making history, heading for its 10th anniversary in 2017

Start of the Seychelles' ecomarathon
Start of the Seychelles' ecomarathon
The 9th edition of The Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon was held on the 28th February, in Seychelles.
It all began back in 2008 as the brainchild of Mr. Dong Chang Jeong, Seychelles honorary consul general in South Korea, himself a seasoned marathon runner who continues to participate in top marathon events all over the globe. Jeong approached the Seychelles government with his vision for a Seychelles marathon that would encourage a healthy lifestyle, unify Seychellois and visiting athletes and raise the profile of the Seychelles brand.
 The starting gun sounded over the first edition of the marathon in 2008 and a modest participation of just 330 participants comprising 19 different nationalities. The attraction of running against the stunning backdrop of Mahé Island’s spectacular beauty combined with the vibrant marathon ambiance proved to be an instant hit and by 2011 participation had swelled to over 1000 runners of no less than 31 nationalities. Meanwhile, Jeong and his team have ensured that they bring the flavours, sights and sounds of Korea with them in the form of special Korean Gala Dinners featuring the value-added attractions of lavish Korean buffet dinners, classical music and cultural exchange concerts, fashion shows, concerts of traditional Korean music and painting exhibitions.
Eight years later and the Seychelles marathon continue to work its magic and Seychelles is busy preparing itself for the 9th edition of the Seychelles Eco-friendly Marathon held on 28th February 2016 with participation of 3200 athletes from 51 nations.
As per previous editions, the 2016 Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon featured four courses: 5km, 10km, half-marathon and full marathon, which meander through the stunning countryside of north Mahé, allowing runners heart-stopping panoramas of lush mountain greenery and an azure ocean sprinkled with glistening islands, like gemstones set in water. It is hard to imagine a marathon course of such sublime beauty - a secret that is now well and truly out.
The winners of the marathon are French woman Olivia Peytour and Kenyan Moses Mbugua who were both competing in the marathon of the second time. Marathon winners prize include SR 15,000, two nights’ stay at the H Resort, a Sony camera, air ticket to any destination on Air Seychelles and trophy. Peytour clocked 4:00:03 to win the women’s race and Moses Mbugua stopped the clock at 3:31:18, some 22 minutes slower than the time of 3:08:48 that he registered last year when he was ranked third behind compatriots Shadrack Tanui (3:08:22) and Paul Kibet Simbolei (2:45:25).
The official prize-giving that same evening followed by a special Korean Gala Dinner and Seychelles-Korea cultural exchange exhibition, where photographs of Seychelles and Korea by Mrs. Kim Tai Yeon were exhibited.
At its outset in 2008, few could have imagined that the Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon could have attracted such participation down the years and achieved the status it has in Seychelles’ calendar of events. Today, Seychelles’ very own marathon is on the road to attracting even greater participation with its alluring mix of sport, culture and island-style entertainment.  
In 2017, Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon will have its 10th anniversary on the 26th February as its tradition to hold it last Sunday of February, every year. It’s expected to welcome some 5,000 runners from four corners of the world.

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