The 12th Annual Soochow International Ultra Marathon was named Chow Shan Cup in appreciation to Chow Shan Health and Technology Company's long time support. It was held on December 8th and 9th 2012 and the event's motto was "bravely face yourself, overcoming all impossible obstacles in life".
This year's race events included: the international 24-hour race, the national 12-hour race, the teachers' 1-hour race, students' 1-hour race, junior college teachers and students' 3-hour race, students' half marathon relay, and the 2-hour night owl relay. There was also a special Japanese School teachers and students' jogging experience. Along with these race related events, different on-campus clubs, the Soochow Music Department, students who live in the dormitory as well as the Shihlin Ka Wa Yin Line Dancing Group all came to support and cheer on the runners during the entire 24 event. The race continues to be a charitable fundraiser, garnering donations for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association patients. The event was also videotaped and a total of 666 participants and 628 volunteers joined this year's 24-hour Ultra Marathon.
Through the referrals of the Homeland Cultural and Educational Foundation, we invited Mr. Chih-lung Tseng from Malaysia, who has Cerebral Palsy but loves to run to join the race. He ran 74 kilometers in a 24-hour period, becoming the world's first Cerebral Palsy patient to finish an ultra marathon. He was also invited to speak at the Cherish Life Incentives Seminars on December 7th and 10th at both campuses of Soochow University.
The distinguished participants of the 2012 24-hour Ultra Marathon were: Shuan-hui Tsou from Taiwan, Martin Fryer from Australia, and Ryoichi Sekiya, Mami Kudo, Kiyoko Shirakawa, Sumie Inagaki from Japan. The above outstanding men ran over 240 kilometers and the distinguished women ran over 220 kilometers, reaching the international standard. This has led to a new and glorious chapter by giving this event the Gold Status as one of only two International Gold Status Ultra Marathons.