All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima to include Irabu Long Bridge on bike course
September 26, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo
A general meeting for the executive committee of the 31st All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima was held in Miyakojima on September 25. The committee decided to hold the competition on April 19 2015 and include the newly-built Irabu Long Bridge in the bike course. The bridge will be open to traffic from January 2015.
The committee has changed the route to include Irabu island, which competitors will go halfway around. Applications opened on October 1.
The 31st All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima will start at 7am on April 19 2015.
The event consists of a three-kilometer swim, a 155-kilometer bicycle ride followed by a 42 kilometer full marathon. The participants start swimming at Yonaha
Maehama beach, and do a full circuit of Miyakojima by bicycle.
At the meeting, the committee announced financial results for the 30th event and decided on a budget for the 31st.
The budget for the 31st event is 95,220,000 yen.
The 30th event was held on April 20 2014. A record number of 3,657 people applied, and 1,531 of them took part. A theme song was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima. The Prime Minister Cup was created for the event for the first time in Okinawan sport. A representative of the committee stated, “The event has contributed to the promotion of Miyakojima.”
President of the event Toshihiko Shimoji who is also Maykojima Mayor, said, “The establishment of the Prime Minister Cup reflects the excellence of the All Japan Triathlon Miyakojima. We would like to keep running the event successfully.”
(English translation by T&CT)
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