Running in Tokyo/Japan - Marathon/Clubs/Track Races

東京でのマラソン・陸上・駅伝・・・・・体を鍛えて、環境を守ってエコマラソン

A typical Japanese New Year will always contain two things: Rice cake and Ekiden.

The corporate Ekiden in Gunma on Jan. 1., and the two legs of the Hakone Ekiden (pitching the leading universities against each other) on Jan. 2. and 3..

There are many good sites that feature the races, so I will not do this here. But I wonder if our members in other countries know what the worst thing in an Ekiden is? It is the 'white sash'! If a team does not connect because it is too far back, it will have to start with a white sash. Times will be added and you still remain a finisher, but for the runners, it is a tragedy. It happened to one team today, Omokawa Saimokuten, one of the lesser known teams, poor them.

But some of the top-teams are also struggling, only Konica/Minolta seems to be on their way to victory, but other favorites have at the hand-off for the last leg not yet secured a spot among the eight seeded teams for next year.

And yes, Konica/Minolta won, but SEVEN(!!!) teams sprinted for second place! An exciting race!

And BTW, a similar tragedy happened to me! My TV stopped working, and I have to watch the Ekiden on my one-seg cellphone!

Fortunately, the big screen came back on-line for the finish...

And here the results:

1 2 Konika/Minolta 04:51:32  
2 7 Toyota Kyushu 04:55:24  
3 8 Honda 04:55:25  
4 20 Kanebo 04:55:25  
5 9 Chugoku Electrics 04:55:28  
6 12 SUBARU 04:55:30  
7 11 Toyota Boshoku 04:55:31  
8 4 Toyota Cars 04:55:32  
9 1 Nisshin Foods 04:55:54  
10 3 Asahi Kasei Chemicals 04:56:10  

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Comment by juergen wittstock on January 1, 2013 at 2:21pm

And now, it is time for a run!

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