Wednesday, 13th February 2013
In Events In Japan,
Tokyo readies itself for marathon
Around 30,000 runners will descend on the Japanese capital city for the Tokyo Marathon at the end of this month.
The event takes place around a challenging 42 km course after becoming the sixth member of the World Marathon Majors series.
Runners will gather at the start line on February 24th, and this is then followed up by meetings in Boston on April 15th, London on April 21st, Berlin on September 29th, Chicago on October 13th and New York on November 3rd.
Dennis Kimetto is the headline attraction, with the Kenyan runner having a best time of two hours, four minutes and 16 seconds. He will face tough competition however as the field also includes four other men who have run sub-two-hour-five-minute marathons.
The race gets underway in front of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and passes by the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower and the Asakusa Kaminarimon Gate before finishing by the Tokyo Big Sight.
Written by Graham McPherson
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