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Today's Race - Live Streaming of 2020 Hokuren Distance Challenge Shibetsu Meet

Yes, it's true, for the first time since Mar. 8 there's a live broadcast of a Japanese race! The first meet in the four-part Hokuren Distance Challenge series, the Shibetsu meet starts at 15:30 Japan time. Schedule here and start lists here. Look for three more meets in the series over the next two weeks.

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February 2021 Kumamoto Castle Marathon, 10,444 Finishers This Year, and Elite-Only Kumanichi 30 km Canceled Due to Coronavirus

On July 3 the organizing committee of the Kumamoto Castle Marathon, tentatively scheduled for the third Sunday of February, 2021, announced that the race has been canceled. Organizers cited the difficulty of preventing the spread of coronavirus infections at the marathon, which had 10,444 finishers at this year's edition. Since its first running in 2012 it is the first time the Kumamoto Castle Marathon has been canceled.

Also canceled are the accompanying shorter distance races including Kumanichi 30 km, an elite-only event with 79 finishers this year. It is likewise the first cancelation in the Kumanichi 30 km's 65-year-history.  Between the mass-participation marathon, elite 30 km and 3 km fun run, over 14,000 people took part this year. Next year was to have been the event's 10th anniversary running.

Translator's note: As far as I know this is the first major Japanese race and first 10,000+ marathon worldwide in 2021 to cancel due to the coronavirus situation. It…

Hakone Champ AGU Plans to Kick Off Season at New Ekiden Vs. Corporate League and High School Teams

On July 2 it was learned that 2020 Hakone Ekiden champion Aoyama Gakuin University plans to take part in the new Okukuma Ekiden Oct. 4 in the wildlands of Kumamoto. The new event will feature high school, university and corporate league teams competing side by side. Runners in each division will start together, with different stage lengths depending on the division.

The 42.195 km course will feature four stages for university and corporate league runners and seven stages for high school teams. All runners will start together, with scoring and awards split into two categories, high school and university/open men. Stage lengths in the university/open men's division will be 10 km, 11.1 km, 11.05 km and 10.045 km. Stages in the high school division will reflect those at December's National High School Ekiden Championships, 10.0 km, 3.0 km, 8.1 km, 8.05 km, 3.0 km, 5.0 km, and 5.045 km, with the second through seventh stages subdividing the longer second through four stages in the…

Today's Race - 2019 Ultra Trail Mount Fuji

NHK's coverage of the 2019 UTMF race.

'Ekiden 101 With Reitaku University's Ryo Miyata'

Nov. 8 East Japan Women's Ekiden Canceled

We regret to inform you that the 36th East Japan Women's Ekiden scheduled to be held Nov. 8 has been canceled in an effort to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. We attempted to put together a risk management protocol under which the event could be safely staged, but with teams made up of runners including junior high school and high school students from 18 regions traveling across prefectural borders we determined that it would be difficult to guarantee a completely safe event environment.

In the 35 years since this race began in 1985 it has never been canceled, not even after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. But with the health of all participants and personnel our absolute highest priority we felt that canceling this year's edition was the correct step to take. We regret that this was necessary, but we are already at work together with the Tohoku Athletics Association to begin preparations for the 2021 race.

We ask for you understanding and support of this …

Today's Race - 2018 Ultra Trail Mount Fuji

NHK's coverage of the 2018 UTMF, a 168 km trail ultra around Mount Fuji. Part two below.

Today's Race - 2020 Tokyo Marathon

How about something current? A replay of this year's record-breaking Tokyo Marathon. Part two below.