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March 2011 Blog Posts (22)

Ultramarathon Jeju

In yesterday's 80k trail run, until 38.4, I had a good race, was running in 3rd position, after the summit of Mt.Halla and a lot of slippery snow. I then missed the course due to a mistake by the organizer and was quite upset. Well, they declared me a finisher, because I ran 70k and crossed the summit of Mt. Halla, but I would have liked to try to challenge Yoshi for the… Continue

Added by juergen wittstock on March 27, 2011 at 10:00am — 19 Comments

The Run4Tohoku Challenge - my best one up till now!

Today, I ran 6.3k in under 52 minutes, collecting 6059Yen in the process. This amounts to roughly 1000Yen per kilometer at an 8min pace! Who can beat me?

GPS here

As a hint, if you want to improve on this, try to run at at high pace - sweat makes you more credible - approach the potential donors at preferably 4min./k or faster, come to a sudden stop, hand over your flyer, and tell your story!



Added by juergen wittstock on March 23, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Eric Wainaina meets Run4Tohoku

A story longer than my usual ones...

On Saturday, w ran along Philosophers Path collecting money for earthquake victims. We met Paul from the UK, who told us that he was going to run a half-marathon on Sunday. So we decided to go there to continue our fund-raising efforts.

After collecting a considerable amount, Christiane made friends with some of the…


Added by juergen wittstock on March 21, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Co-ordinated Charity Runs!

Dear all,

charity runs are taking place in Kyoto and HK, organised by members of this website, and in Tokyo, organised by our friends. First one will be on Saturday afternoon, see events section!

Please join, or create your own event, wherever you are!

For Tokyo: Congratulations to raising 520000 Yen on March 19., keep up the good work!

For HK, contact: Kevin

For Kyoto, contact: …


Added by juergen wittstock on March 20, 2011 at 7:43am — 6 Comments

Successful Charity Run in Kyoto!

Members collected more than 15000 Yen running in Kyoto today, yours truly ran the longest distance, 25k. We also distributed a lot of leaflets with our bank connection and received pledges, so more should come in from Monday. Charity runs in Kyoto will take place on a daily base from now, on Tuesday we will be interviewed by Kyoto Shinbun (it would be nice to have a few…


Added by juergen wittstock on March 19, 2011 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Charity Run for Earthquake Victims - Kyoto

Place: Hitomachikouryukan, 5-jo/Kawaramachi

Time: Saturday, 2pm (possibly also on Sunday)

We will run at Kamo River, distribute leaflets and collect money for the

earthquake victims. Donations will go to the Kyoto Disaster Volunteer

Center.  (Kyoto prefecture)…


Added by juergen wittstock on March 18, 2011 at 3:53pm — No Comments

March 19th (Sat) - Tohoku relief run - 参加しましょう

Already 25 people have signed up for the relief run.

If you can make it please seriously consider to join. We may be afraid of the still  worrying Fukushima situation but right now other people are suffering far more!

Let's help where we can help!


東京のメンバさん! 皆参加しましょう。



Arrive there at 2pm for a 3pm start!


Doodle signup link is here: …


Added by Bernd Plagge on March 18, 2011 at 1:05pm — 2 Comments

Matching Colors

The biodegradable Brooks Green Silence, the first environmentally-friendly running shoe, and my 30-year-old opinion-button in matching colors on a green background!

A new edition of the button with Japanese added will be available through Kyoto Volunteer Kyoukai against donation, 100% of the proceeds will go to earthquake victims. Contact me for…


Added by juergen wittstock on March 18, 2011 at 12:35pm — No Comments

email address for stopping the nuclear power plant in Tokai

The email address missing from Juergen's mail concerning the petition for stopping the nuclear power plant in Tokai is,


I already sent mine and also intend to forward it to my oversea friends as they also have an English page.

Added by Tetsuya Kato on March 17, 2011 at 2:48pm — 1 Comment


Race 3: Men's C 1500m  Start Time 7:15pm


No. Name…

Added by Gerard Robb on March 17, 2011 at 9:49am — 2 Comments

On the Road

On the road to Western Japan, not on my Leopard, changed to a sturdier bike with  a shopping basket and only three gears because I carry more than 20kg of luggage.

The winds are coming from the West, and they are extremely strong, so, it's hard to pedal, but we can feel safe about the radiation - I have never been so happy about cycling against the wind.

On the…


Added by juergen wittstock on March 16, 2011 at 2:54pm — 2 Comments

Earthquake Charity Run cancelled - Latest News

Masako-san (Eco.Marron) still plans to run in Yoyogi and collect money for the earthquake victims, I will rally my friends in Kyoto and do the same.

Please contact Masako for the Tokyo run!


I will move to my second house in Ogawamachi tonight, as my car is there and it's fairly easy to get across the Chichibu mountains to relative safety.

If anybody from…


Added by juergen wittstock on March 15, 2011 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Thank You

I really enjoy reading posts and being part of the Running in Tokyo club.  We were in Tokyo Dec. 2010 and really love it. I am from Vietnam and now living in America.  I missed being around different culture,  and connect with  people.  I am happy to be part of this running club.  I will be running the LA marathon on March 20th.  It will be my 22nd marathon so far.  Hear hear to all runners, you are all a great support.  Thank you for making my life a little more special. I hope and pray for…


Added by Thanh Clark on March 13, 2011 at 11:41pm — 2 Comments

German Embassy recommends Germans with children to leave Tokyo/Yokohama area

The German Embassy recommends all Germans, especially those with small kids, to leave the Tokyo/Yokohama area:

Die Botschaft empfiehlt, die japanischen Medien aufmerksam zu verfolgen. Sie empfiehlt ferner allen Deutschen im Krisengebiet und im Großraum Tokyo/Yokohama zu prüfen, ob ihre Anwesenheit in Japan derzeit erforderlich ist, und, wenn dies nicht der Fall sein sollte, ihre Ausreise aus dem Land in Erwägung zu ziehen. Dies gilt insbesondere für Familien mit kleinen…


Added by juergen wittstock on March 13, 2011 at 11:02am — 7 Comments


Hi Everyone,

I have been truly shocked by what I've seen what this Tsunami has done. I sincerely hope that none of you or close ones have been harmed or affected in any way. And you are all in my thoughts.

Take Care


Added by Owain Vaughan Lewes on March 12, 2011 at 9:15pm — 2 Comments

Medals by the Artist Tetsuya Kato

 Tetsuya Kato, runner and artist, provided these great medals for the winners of the Saiko Eco 5k!…


Added by juergen wittstock on March 8, 2011 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Biwako Marathon 2011

African Runners dominated this year's race at Lake Biwa. 28-year-old Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, owner of the eighth-fastest marathon time in history, finished in a course record of 2:06:13, ahead of Ethiopian Deriba Merga in 2:09:13 and Japanese Horibata of Asahi Kasei (2:09:25). Hiroyuki Horibata qualified for the Japanese National Team for the next World Championships, omedetto! Next up was Japanese Kentaro Nakamoto, who missed it by one second in 2:09:31!

Did any of our members…


Added by juergen wittstock on March 6, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Organizer's Run in Ogawamachi

The organizers of the Lake Saiko 5k running in the hills near Ogawamachi.…


Added by juergen wittstock on March 5, 2011 at 4:34pm — 5 Comments

Running for Charity in Tokyo's Parks

The Cherry Blossom Season is approaching! Again, people will be celebrating on blue sheets under pink blossoms, and they will be in a merry mood. This is the time to ask them to donate some of their change for the poor. As you know, this site fields two teams in the OXFAM Trailwalker. One of our members had the great…


Added by juergen wittstock on March 4, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

My 2011 Tokyo Marathon

Photo courtesy of Chiba-san!


I did my first marathon, the 2007 Tokyo marathon, more or less totally unprepared. It was hell. I gave it my all for about 10 kilometers, and then ran out of energy. I forced myself to keep moving and eventually finished with a time of 6:16. I couldn't walk properly and…


Added by Adrian Ringin on March 3, 2011 at 11:00pm — 4 Comments

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