The results of the 2009 Soochow International Ultra-marathon amount to an exclamation mark for the global ultrarunning society! Ms. Kudo's new world best performance, 254.425 kilometers in 24 hours, ensures that the world ultrarunning year of 2009 ends on a high note!
After 9 years, the race organization works fluently. Still, some new ideas were added. There was a pledge meeting for the student volunteers, which was a successful initiative. We introduced the Children are Us Foundation as a cooperating charity, so all volunteers could realize the satisfaction of working for charity. Plus, we invited Ms. Shu-chung Chou, the runner supported by last year's race. She gave a little speech which demonstrated the real spirit of ultrarunning, optimism and never giving up in her daily life. We accumulated 270,345 NT dollars and donated it to Children are Us Foundation this year, finally.
The president of Soochow University, Dr. Jenn-tai Hwang, participated in one of the sub-marathon events and experienced the effort put out by the school's faculty and student volunteers.
Mr. Sekiya, the three times world champion, successfully defended his title, bringing his total wins in this event to five. Moreover, his 263.408K was the world best performance for 2009. So the results of both the male and female champions were world best performances for the year. This is pretty clear evidence that our Soochow 24h race ranks as one of the best ultra races in the world.