About 20,000 people finish the 29th Naha Marathon

About 20,000 people finish the 29th Naha Marathon

On the sound of the ringing of the "Bridge between Nations" bell, about 28,000 runners started off from the Meijibashi intersection on National Route 58 in Naha at around 9:00 a.m. on December 1 (Photograph taken by Futoshi Hanashiro).


December 2, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha City Government and other organizations held the 29th Naha Marathon on December 1. The participants started in front of Meijibashi intersection on National Route 58 in Naha and ran 42.195 kilometers through the southern part of Okinawa. They finished at Onoyama Athletic Park.

First-time entrant from Shizuoka Shigeaki Hirata won the male-division with a time of 2 hours 27 minutes 56 seconds. Last year’s female-division winner, Tokyo resident Mitsuko Hirose, won again this year.

There were 31,170 applicants for the event, with 27,697 people participating. This was made up of 20,606 men and 7,091 women.

The number of participants who completed the full marathon within the time limit of 6 hours and 15 minutes was 19,298, made up of 15,094 men and 4,204 women. Almost 70 percent of the contestants finished the race, down 2.88 percent from the previous year.

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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