Tokyo Marathon Draws a Crowd

What is now Japan’s most popular race, the Tokyo Marathon, was held on February 23rd. Despite a lottery that makes the event increasingly hard to get into, Namban Rengo had a large contingent of runners, about 25. And as every year, an equally large number (or more) of club members turned out to cheer the runners at various points along the course—most people even raced (by train) across town to cheer at two different places. This year’s race was blessed with perfect weather, about 7°C and sunny, with almost no wind. This resulted in course records for both men and women, and a number of PBs for our club runners. And once again, the post-race party at the aptly named Footrace (or was it Footnik?) pub was a great way for runners and supporters to recount the day’s experiences. Hope to see you there next year!