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2011 Nagano Marathon
Submitted by johnyuehan on Tue, 2010/10/19 - 12:10.
2011/04/17 - 00:00
2011/04/17 - 23:59
The 2011 Nagano Marathon (full 42.km) will be held on Sunday, April 17 in Nagano city. The course is flat, organized exceptionally well, goes past 4 Olympic stadiums and 200,000+ spectators; snowcapped mountains, cherry blossoms & downtown Nagano are some sights along the course. Last year the field of 8,000 runners filled up in 5 1/2 hours for Japanese people; foreigners have from Oct 23rd to Feb. 25th, 2011 to register. Last year I was in a middle starting block, crossed the finish line in 2 1/2 minutes & was at my running speed in less than 5 min. - much faster than in a race with 30,000+ runners. There is a 5 hr time limit to finish (last runner usually finishes in 5:15 or so, though), but this isn't a problem for moderately slow or faster runners; this isn't a race for walkers. One of the best marathons in Japan, this is one of the few races with registration, websites & more support in English. I plan to run it again, have volunteered with the race for the last 8 yrs.
Shinkansen from Takasaki: about an hour. By car: 2 hrs.
Event Contact Information:
Event web site in English: http://www.naganomarathon.gr.jp/contents/13th/english/index.html