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Tuesday, 15th February 2011
In Events In Japan,

Tokyo prepares for annual marathon

The capital city of Japan has begun planning for the forthcoming marathon, which is set to attract a record number of runners.

First held in 2007, the event has developed into a major sporting event and it is expected that close to 36,000 people will take place in the race on February 27th.

Hisashi Sekiguchi, Tokyo Metropolitan government's spokesman for the Tokyo Marathon, told Japan Times that the event also raises considerable funds for various charities.

He added that there are also a number of high-profile runners in this year's race including world-record holder Haile Gebrselassie from Ethiopia.

Runners completing the course will also be treated to a range of entertainment as they run, with 28 events set to be held throughout Tokyo including taiko drum.

Written by Susan Ballion.

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