Security Tightened On Tokyo 2020 Marathon Route

Security tightened on Tokyo 2020 marathon route

Tokyo police will put into place special terror-prevention measures at the Marathon Grand Championship taking place on Sunday. It is being done in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The MGC is a qualifier for next year's Olympics. It will take place on the planned route for the Olympic marathon, except for the start and finish points.

Marathon Coach Yoshio Koide Dies

Marathon coach Yoshio Koide dies

Marathon coach Yoshio Koide has died at the age of 80. He trained top Japanese runners including Olympic medalists.

Sources say Koide was suffering from heart problems and was in intensive care this month and died on Wednesday morning.

Earlier Start For Tokyo Olympic Marathon

Earlier start for Tokyo Olympic marathon

Tokyo Olympic officials are likely to move the starting time of the Olympic marathon to around 6 in the morning to avoid the expected severe heat during the day.

The organizers had decided to start the marathon at 7 AM. They were calling for daylight savings time to be introduced for the 2020 summer when the Games will be held.

Experts Test Road-cooling Method For 2020 Marathon

Experts test road-cooling method for 2020 marathon

Researchers have tested water-laden panels covered with grass in an experiment aimed at cooling ground surfaces. The goal is to counter the severe heat expected for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic marathon events.

A group of university and corporate environmental researchers carried out the experiment on Monday on a sidewalk in the capital's Nihonbashi district. The path is along a part of the marathon course.

Sonar Pocket's Eyeron Chosen As 'fukuoka Marathon' Ambassador For The Second Time

Sonar Pocket's eyeron chosen as 'Fukuoka Marathon' ambassador for the second time

Sonar Pocket's eyeron (Vo) has been chosen as the ambassador for the 'Fukuoka Marathon' to take place on November 11. 

eyeron participated in the 'Fukuoka Marathon' in 2015 and 2016. Following 2016, this will be his second time to serve as ambassador for the marathon. In addition, he has written the event's theme song "Kaobare." On this song, he commented, "I was able to write this song because I have participated in the Fukuoka Marathon in the past. It's a song that will push the backs of those who do their best. I hope it will push them to take that final step during the hard, painful times.

Marathon Held Amid Bear Scare

Marathon held amid bear scare

Hundreds of runners have carried small bells to scare away bears during a marathon on a small island in northern Japan.

About 600 people took part in the 54-kilometer race on Sunday on Rishiri Island off the northern coast of Hokkaido.

Tokyo Olympic Marathon Course Unveiled

Tokyo Olympic marathon course unveiled

Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games have unveiled the course that will be used for both the men's and women's marathons.

The 42.195-kilometer course revealed by the organizing committee on Thursday will take runners on a tour of both modern and historical landmarks in the Japanese capital.

Glay To Support Runners In The 'hokkaido Marathon'

GLAY to support runners in the 'Hokkaido Marathon'

GLAY's new song "Long Run" has been picked up as the official song for 'Hokkaido Marathon 2017' scheduled to be held on August 27. 

"Long Run" is described as a rock tune with a pop melody and sense of speed. TAKURO (G), who was in charge of the song's lyrics and composition, stated, "By superimposing the marathon, which will be held under the open sky in our hometown of Hokkaido, on life, we wrote a song called 'Long Run' as a support song for many people who support the runners' struggle and solitude.

Athletics: Debutant Ando Runs Japan's 4th Fastest Female Marathon

Athletics: Debutant Ando runs Japan's 4th fastest female marathonYuka Ando made a sensational start to her marathon career Sunday, crossing the Nagoya Women's Marathon finish line second to punch her ticket to this summer's world athletics championships.
Ando set a time of 2 hours, 21 minutes, 36 seconds -- the fourth fastest in history by a Japanese woman, and the fastest ever by a first-time female Japanese marathon runner.

Marathon Race To Pray For Rebuilding Kumamoto

Marathon race to pray for rebuilding KumamotoMore than 13,000 runners have competed in a race in support of the reconstruction of earthquake-hit Kumamoto Prefecture in southwestern Japan.
The 6th Kumamoto Castle Marathon took place on Sunday. The courses were changed this year to avoid no-entry zones designated after the series of major earthquakes last April.

Nakamoto Wins Oita-beppu Marathon For 1st Career Title

Nakamoto wins Oita-Beppu Marathon for 1st career titleKentaro Nakamoto claimed his first marathon victory, winning Sunday's Beppu-Oita Marathon in 2 hours, 9 minutes, 32 seconds.
The 34-year-old went head to head with Ethiopian Dereje Debele (2:10:23) after 35 kilometers, and pulled away near the 39-km mark in a race that doubled as a qualifier for Japan's team to August's world championships in London.

Kumamon Marathon To Be Run In Thailand To Boost Tourism

Kumamon Marathon to be run in Thailand to boost tourismRiding a wave of popularity in Thailand for its cute red-cheeked bear mascot, Kumamoto Prefecture will stage a 5-kilometer “Kumamon Marathon” in Bangkok in January.
The marathon is part of a prefecture-led campaign in the Southeast Asian nation to promote tourism in Kumamoto, which is still recovering from a series of powerful earthquakes that rocked Kyushu in mid-April.