ULAN BATOR, May 19 (Xinhua) -- Mongolian capital Ulan Bator welcomed Saturday more than 30,000 runners, including 400 people from 30 countries and regions in Ulan Bator International Marathon.
The marathon kicked off from the city's Central Square and continued along the streets of Ulan Bator.
The fifth edition of Ulan Bator Marathon, co-organized by Ulan Bator city governor's office and the Physical Culture and Sports Authority, is aimed at promoting healthy lifestyle and sports to the public.
The marathon included six categories, including the full marathon (42.195 km) and half marathon (21.975 km).
Mongolian athlete Ts. Byambajav took the men's crown in 2 hours 23 minutes and 21 seconds, while Mongolian B. Munkhzaya snatched the women's title in 2:36:39. The winners of the full marathon picked up a cash prize of 10 million Mongolian tugrik (4,158 U.S. dollars). The total prize of the competition is 125 million Mongolian tugrik (51,975 U.S. dollars).
In the men's race, Mongolian Sh. Bat-Erdene came second in 2:32:05, followed by another Mongolian G.Gurragchaa with 2:35:11.
The women's race saw Mongolian G. Hishigsaikhan finish second in 2:54:41, followed by another Mongolian J.Khaliunaa with 2:59:32.