20,029 people complete the 30th Naha Marathon

 20,029 people complete the 30th Naha Marathon

On the sound of the ringing of the "Bridge between Nations" bell, about 27,000 runners started off from the Meijibashi intersection on National Route 58 in Naha at around 9:00 a.m. on December 7 (Photograph taken by Masatoshi Moromizato).


December 8, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

The Naha City Government and other organizations held the 30th Naha Marathon on December 7. Participants started in front of Meijibashi intersection on National Route 58 in Naha and ran 42.195 kilometers in the southern part of Okinawa. They finished at Onoyama Athletic Park.

Saitama resident Yuki Kawauchi won the male division with a time of 2 hours 13 minutes 43 seconds, shattering the tournament record. Kawauchi is known as the “citizen runner” because he works full-time for the government of Saitama Prefecture and trains in his time off without any sponsorship. Tokyo resident Mitsuko Hirose won the female-division for the third time in a row.

There were 29,566 applicants for the event, with 26,905 people participating. Of the participants, 19,652 were men and 7,253 were women.

The number of participants who completed the full marathon within the time limit of 6 hours and 15 minutes was 20,029, made up of 15,480 men and 4,549 women. Almost 74 percent of the contestants finished the race, up 4.85 percent from the previous year.

(English translation by T&CT)

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