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Organizers Ask Public Not to Come Watch Hakone Ekiden in Person

On Sept. 20 the Inter-University Athletics Union of Kanto (KGRR), organizers of January's Hakone Ekiden, announced that all of its remaining competitions this academic year will be held without spectators in order to help minimize the spread of coronavirus infection. The KGRR asked for the public's cooperation in not turning out to cheer.

A statement released by the KGRR said, "Our major events will be live streamed and broadcast live or recorded by NTV. Please do not come to the race venues or the areas around them. Even if we go ahead with the ekiden, it cannot be put on without the agreement and cooperation of the local residents who live along the course. Courseside crowd support has always been one of the things that has helped our ekiden thrive. We want to ensure that it continues to have a long future as a beloved event and ask for your understanding and cooperation this time."

The extremely popular Hakone Ekiden is run every Jan. 2 and 3, attracting over a m…
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