Ironman gold medalist Gustav Iden has arrived in Changhua for a three-day visit. Apart from visiting local attractions, he fired the starting gun at the Tianzhong Marathon and helped to promote local agricultural specialties. Changhua County Magistrate Wang Hui-mei presented him with an honorary resident certificate and said she hopes Iden can help promote Taiwan and Changhua internationally.
Wearing a chef's hat, Ironman world champion Gustav Iden promotes Changhua's agricultural specialties alongside Changhua County Magistrate Wang Hui-mei. Iden is in Taiwan on a three-day visit and received an honorary resident certificate from Wang.
A connection between (him) and Changhua was borne from a hat. During these three days, he truly experienced the warmth of the people of Changhua and the people of Taiwan. He loves our county. He especially enjoyed visiting Changhua Roadhouse this morning.
Changhua's Puyan Shunzhe Temple shot to fame earlier this year after Iden crossed the finish line at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship wearing a cap from the temple. The local government recently invited Iden to visit, and says he is the best ambassador for the county.
When I first got off the plane and go straight into the temple, I was blown away by all the, all the people that was there wearing "my" hat. (Your hat). Yeah, it was so cool to see so many people there, and it's been just nonstop energy going on.
Iden says people in Taiwan are friendly and vibrant, and he enjoyed seeing everyone's outfits at the Tianzhong Marathon. He also said he was very surprised by the lobsters at marathon aid stations and would love to visit Taiwan again after the Tokyo Olympics next year.