A bit of stale news for running enthusiasts, but anyway congrats to Tokyo!
An excerpt from World Marathon Majors website:
Tokyo Marathon will be the Sixth Event in the Series, along with Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City.
The World Marathon Majors® (WMM) today announced the addition of the Tokyo Marathon to the World Marathon Majors Series. The seventh Tokyo Marathon, which will be held on February 24, 2013, will be the first race in the 2013 – 2014 World Marathon Majors scoring period. The Tokyo Marathon is the first World Marathon Majors event to be based in Asia.
The Tokyo Marathon is organized by the Tokyo Marathon Foundation and established in 2007. Tokyo Marathon hosts nearly 36,000 participants on a tour of Tokyo’s iconic tourist attractions. Through its theme, “The Day We Unite,” the Tokyo Marathon unites runners, volunteers, and spectators on race day. Following the 2011 race, the Tokyo Marathon instituted “Tsunagu,” a companion charity program for the Tokyo Marathon. Donations go to charitable activities in various fields according to the concept of "Tsunagu," or solidarity. Registration for the 2013 Tokyo Marathon, which closed on August 31, drew over 300,000 applicants.
Some of my fellow Malaysians will be flying off to Osaka soon to run in the Osaka Marathon, which will be held on Nov 25th. Those who will do Osaka is probably coming back to Japan for the Tokyo Marathon next year too. Been reading updates over at FB where runners are granted multiple entry visa to Japan. Way cool!
I'm hoping to run a marathon in Japan someday. Got my sights on doing that in 2014. Seems someone is willing/volunteering to be my support crew there too! ^^
To those running in Osaka Marathon in two weeks + time and any other road races anywhere in the world - all the best! Don't forget to have fun too! ;p
Can't resist posting yet another photo of sweaty me (sorry!). Did a half-marathon last week and despite nursing a teeny-weeny bit of injury from the race; I have to say I had a super fun time.
Hope the foot heals in time for Penang Bridge International Marathon in two weeks' time. I'll be doing my 5th half-marathon this year in Penang. Fingers (and toes) crossed.