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.

Former Gold Medalist All Smiles Despite 23rd Place Finish In Nagoya Women's Marathon

Former gold medalist all smiles despite 23rd place finish in Nagoya Women's Marathon2004 Athens Olympics gold medalist Mizuki Noguchi, 37, shed tears but was all smiles as she finished in 23rd place at the Nagoya Women's Marathon here on March 13.
Noguchi had said herself the marathon, which also served as a final qualifier for the women's national Olympic team, was her "last attempt at the Olympics," and a 23rd place finish leaves her no chance to compete in the Rio de Janeiro games.

Tanaka All But Books Olympic Berth At Nagoya Marathon

Tanaka all but books Olympic berth at Nagoya MarathonTomomi Tanaka virtually booked a spot on the Japan women's marathon team to this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics by a margin of one second on Sunday.
By earning the best result by a Japanese runner at the Nagoya Women's Marathon, Tanaka has virtually earned a spot on the national Olympic team. She finished in two hours, 23 minutes, 19 seconds, one second ahead of compatriot Rei Ohara, who caught up to Tanaka and matched her stride for stride -- until the end.

Photo : Tokyo Marathon : Watch Your Step 2016

Photo : Tokyo Marathon : Watch your step 2016Runners in the Tokyo Marathon make their way toward the crowded start line on Sunday in the country’s largest race that includes the general public. Yuki Takamiya was the top Japanese finisher on the men’s side, crossing the line in eighth place in 2 hours 10 minutes 57 seconds.