Wednesday, 12th February 2014
In Events In Japan,
Tokyo gears up for marathon
Tourists lucky enough to be in Tokyo on February 23rd should check out the city's annual marathon, which sees thousands of people running around its famous landmarks every year for, the charity of their choice.
The event is sure to be a spectacle, with runners famous for dressing up in outlandish costumes, ranging from aliens to Manga and anime characters.
Dole Japan will be sponsoring this year's race, and has agreed to award the first 200 people to cross the finish line with bananas carrying a personalised message as a trophy.
Among the serious marathon runners hoping to win big this year are Kenya's Geoffrey Kamworor Kipsang and Indonesia's Tertinggi Melanie Putria, both of whom have been training hard for the event.
The course begins at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building before going on to pass major landmarks in Iidabashi and Shinagawa, such as the Tsukiji fish market, before looping back towards Asakusa and its famous Sensoji Temple, finishing at Tokyo Big Sight.
Written by Mark Smith
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