Sendai Half Marathon

Nine Nambanners traveled by Shinkansen (Bullet Train) up to Sendai, two hours north of Tokyo, on May 10th for a half marathon held the next day. After some sightseeing and a pasta dinner, we made ourselves comfortable in the Comfort hotel. The race is a big one, over 10,000 runners, with quite a few corporate and university elites. The course is quite flat and the day was quite hot: 23C/73F at the 10:00 start. Some of our group performed well, others not so well, but the star of the day was Amanda Rice, who WON the women’s open division, outdistancing 2,100 other women in about 1:18. She got some nice prizes, and did a long interview with the local paper. After that excitement, we went to a gorgeous onsen (hot spring resort) for a soak and a good lunch. And a look at some samurai armor (photo). Thanks to Satohi Numasawa for organizing this trip.