As Macau gains global fame, many traditional events are starting to attract foreigners. For example, the 25th Macau International Marathon on December 2 attracted a record 3,077 contestants, including runners from more than 40 countries and regions. From early morning, participants started flocking to the Macau Stadium, where the race was due to start at 7am, for warm-up exercises. There were many family teams, including father-and-son and husband-and-wife. Drawing much attention was a group of more than 50 excited Dutch runners and cheerleaders, who had travelled to Macau for the race as well as sightseeing. Winning the loudest cheers was perhaps 64-year-old Dutch contestant Marel Simon, who finished the race ahead of many young people. The race organisers aimed to attract runners of all levels, introduced a half-marathon (21 kilometres) and a mini-marathon (5km), leading to a record number of entrants. Unfortunately, the beautiful Coloane Island was left out of this year's route because of ongoing casino projects. The marathon covered the Cotai Strip and a small section of the Macau Peninsula, and full-length runners had to repeat the route once. Kenya's Peter Kemboi finished first in the full-length men's division, with a time of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 56 seconds. North Korean runner Pyo Un-suk was crowned champion in the full-length women's category. Form Five student Chan Chan-kit claimed the title in the men's mini-marathon.