Japanese Duo Fizzles, Finishes Far Back In World Marathon

Japanese duo fizzles, finishes far back in world marathonThe strategy was to get among the Kenyans and Ethiopians in the lead pack, then make a move late in the race.
But more than the pace of the Africans, it was the Beijing heat that did in Japanese runners Masakazu Fujiwara and Kazuhiro Maeda in the men’s marathon on the opening day of the IAAF world championships on Saturday.

Maeda Emerges As Japan’s Front-runner In Women’s Marathon

Maeda emerges as Japan’s front-runner in women’s marathonAfter years of seemingly running in place, the women marathoners of Japan have finally started picking up the pace.
Sairi Maeda gained momentum as she prepares for this Summer’s IAAF world championships in Beijing by winning Sunday’s Sendai International Half Marathon in an impressive 1 hour 10 minutes 24 seconds.

Kasumigaura Marathon Draws Nearly 23,000 Runners

Kasumigaura marathon draws nearly 23,000 runnersThe 25th Kasumigaura Marathon/International Blind Marathon took place here on April 19, with a record 22,979 people participating -- including those who are blind or visually impaired, those who use wheelchairs, and those who walked the course.

Imai Heads World Squad In Marathon

Imai heads world squad in marathonMasato Imai, who never really lived up to the reputation he forged as a collegiate ekiden star, will finally be going to his first major global meet.
Imai heads the trio of men selected for the marathon at this summer’s IAAF world championships in Bejing, the JAAF announced Wednesday.

Sony And Virsig Turn In Personal Best Performance At 2014 New York City Marathon

Sony and Virsig Turn in Personal Best Performance at 2014 New York City MarathonThe New York City Marathon is a tradition held sacred not only by New Yorkers, but by people from around the globe who come to take part in the yearly event. Participants from more than 130 countries vie for a select number of spots to run the 26.2 mile course. Meanwhile, the whole city unites as spectators to cheer on those undertaking one of the most grueling feats of physical stamina and endurance, which in 2014 took an average of 4 hours and 35 minutes to complete.

Kenya's Makau Wins Fukuoka Intl. Marathon

Kenya's Makau wins Fukuoka Intl. MarathonKenyan runner Patrick Makau won the Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship on Sunday.
Makau overtook 2 other competitors after 38 kilometers to complete the race in 2 hours, 8 minutes and 22 seconds.

Kawauchi Heads Hofu Marathon Entries

Kawauchi heads Hofu Marathon entriesAsian Games bronze medalist Yuki Kawauchi heads the list of nine invited runners for next month’s 45th Hofu Yomiuri Marathon in Hofu, Yamaguchi Prefecture, organizers have announced.