Kenyan Moses Mbugua and Frenchwoman Olivia Peytour are the grand winners of the Seychelles Eco-Friendly marathon in 2016. Mbugua and Peytour beat the 48 other men and women attempting the annual 42 km race.
Peytour completed the challenge in 4 hours and 3 seconds, while Mbugua, who completely dominated the marathon, made it in 3 hours, 31 minutes and18 seconds. Both were making their second appearance in the marathon.
The Seychelles Eco-Friendly marathon was initiated in 2008 by the Seychelles honorary consul general in South Korea, Dong Chang Jeong, as part of efforts to encourage people in the 115-island archipelago in the western Indian Ocean to stay healthy. It has now become an annual event that attracts locals and foreigners working or holidaying in Seychelles, as well as foreign participants who come expressly for the marathon.
A total of 50 men and women took on the challenge to run the ninth edition of the annual marathon this year, while 3,200 others took part in the other categories, which include the half marathon (21 km) or the shorter 5 and 10 km races, with many opting to either run or walk the 5 km course.
Jointly organized by the Seychelles National Sports Council and the Seychelles Tourism Board, the event kicked-off at the popular Beau Vallon beach in the north of the main island, Mahé.
The longest route saw participants running down the northern coast districts of Beau Vallon, Glacis, Anse Etoile, down to the capital, Victoria, then to Roche Caiman, a district on the outskirts of Victoria and back the same way, to finish the race at Beau Vallon.
The annual Eco-Friendly marathon continues to attract more people. About 330 people participated in the first run in 2008. Participants totaled 3,250 from 51 different countries this year.