Mid-Ekiden Season Weekend Preview

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It would not be ekiden season with out one other busy weekend on the roads and monitor. On the monitor, Yokohama’s Nittai College celebrates the three hundredth version of its well-known time trials sequence by banning spectators once more as corona numbers climb again upward throughout Japan. Saturday options 5 heats of males’s 10000 m and 4 heats of girls’s 3000 m and 5000 m, with marathoners Reia Iwade (Denso) and Shiho Kaneshige (GRlab Yamaguchi) matching up towards Kenyans Tabitha Njeri Kamau (Sumitomo Denko), Jecinta Nyokabi (Hakuoh Joshi H.S.), Margaret Akidor (Comodi Iida) and Elizabeth Njeri (Josai Kokusai Univ.). Sunday options 27 heats of males’s 5000 m, with the A-heat together with sub-27 10000 m man Richard Kimunyan (Hitachi Butsuryu), steeplechase nice Jonathan Ndiku (Hitachi Butsuryu), and 27:28.92 runner Kazuki Tamura (Sumitomo Denko) on the following section of his journey again from an extended damage.

Sunday’s Setagaya 246 Half Marathon in suburban Tokyo is the primary non-ekiden highway race of the weekend, all the time that includes contingents from Hakone Ekiden-bound universities together with 2022 champ Aoyama Gakuin College, 2022 Izumo Ekiden and Nationwide College Ekiden winner Komazawa College, Nationals runner-up Koku Gakuin College and extra. The Tsukuba Marathon additionally occurs Sunday, certainly one of Japan’s greater mass-participation marathons that noticed a 2:14:19 males’s CR from Josai College assistant coach Shingo Igarashi in its final version in 2019.
In ekiden motion, the Kansai, Chubu, Chugoku and Hokuriku areas all maintain their qualifying races for the Jan. 1 New Yr Ekiden company males’s nationwide championships, following up on the Nov. 3 regional qualifiers in East Japan and Kyushu. The Kansai area race will likely be streamed up high beginning at 9:00 a.m. Sunday native time. 
Additionally Sunday is the East Japan Ladies’s Ekiden in Fukushima, a smaller model of January’s Nationwide Ladies’s Ekiden that includes 18 prefectural groups made up of high girls on the junior highschool to professional degree from Tokyo and surrounding prefectures. It is an ideal format that offers youthful athletes the possibility to be teammates and hand off with high collegians, professionals, and Olympians. Fuji TV will likely be broadcasting it dwell beginning at midday native time.

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