International Sedan Chair race starts in Toronto

10:20, May 15, 2011      

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A woman waves from a sedan chair during the Markham International Sedan Chair Challenge in Markham, Ontario, Canada, May 14, 2011. (Xinhua/Zou Zheng)

Markham International Sedan Chair Challenge race was held on Saturday in Markham, a satellite city of Toronto, and attracted 22 teams.

The event covers a 1.6-km race and a 3-km race. Teams are from university, high school, corporate, government and non-governmental organizations, financial institutions, media, and telecommunications companies.

The unique cultural event had attracted thousands of people to come despite downpours.

"What's wonderful about sedan chair race is, it's cross over into many cultures. This is the first year, and I know it's going to continue to grow. I am amazed how many people we have here, thousands of people who come out to enjoy this event," said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, adding,"This is going to continue to grow, and will be the premier sedan chair event in all of North America."

Markham is a town in the Regional Municipality of York, is the largest town and fastest growing municipality in Canada. The current population of Markham is 261,573, and more then 63,000 are of Chinese origin.

Source: Xinhua

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