Yesterday, six of us ran this small, but extremely competitive event. I ran fourth, so I watched the first-leg-runners, and, whouw, these guys were smokin'! It seems that this race features high-school/university runners from schools who don't make it to the very big events - but they are still really fast. Takashi, not one of our slowest runners, placed 17th out of 31! The top group ran about 3min/k for the 6.75k first leg. Well, James, Jeff (running his last race in Japan), myself, Yoshitaka and Michael managed to exactly stay in the same position until the end, and avoid a white sash. We were proud to be able to finish such a high-level race in a respectable position!