Thursday, 25th September 2008
In Events In Japan,
Applications for Tokyo Marathon 'up 68%'
More than 260,000 people have applied to run in next year's Tokyo Marathon, it has been reported.
Organisers claimed that applications for the race, which can only accommodate 30,000 competitors, have surged 68 per cent since the event was last held.
A spokesman for the marathon told the Mainichi Daily News: "Runners have spread information by word of mouth and recognition of the event has increased."
A draw will take place to decide which applicants will be permitted to take part in the 2009 race, with the successful runners due to be informed around mid-November.
The route of the marathon will take in the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building, the Imperial Palace and the Tokyo Big Sight. Competitors will have a maximum of seven hours to complete the course.
A separate ten-kilometre race consisting of 5,000 runners will also take place.
Participants in wheelchairs are welcome to take part in both races.
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