Tokyo Marathon 2010

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The Metropolitan Government has announced that the 3rd Tokyo Marathon will be held on 28th February 2010. 30,000 places are up for grabs with the runners being looked after by some 13,000 volunteers. Last year the marathon was oversubscribed by more than 10:1 so, even though there are places ring-fenced for overseas applicants, it is important to apply early – contact IJT for more details.

InsideJapan’s Marathon experience

Our very own Harry Sargant kindly checked out the course in 2008 running a very respectable time of 3h27 and raising £1,216 for charity at the same time.

The course is mainly flat and starts amidst the skyscrapers of Shinjuku before heading past the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower, historic Asakusa and the Ginza on to the new harbourside Odaiba area. If you want more details then I am sure that Harry will be more than happy to run you through the course step-by-step!

An easier 10k run is also taking place on the same day – starting in Shinjuku and finishing up at the Emperor’s door-step in the Imperial Palace plaza.

Post run – our advice is to head to the hot springs of Hakone National Park for a relaxing spa stay!

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