translated by Brett Larner
Mizuki Noguchi (30, Team Sysmex), who withdrew from the Beijing Olympics women's marathon with an injury to her right leg, is on the list released on Dec. 22 of runners scheduled to attend next year's Japanese National Women's Long Distance Training Camp in New Zealand.
Organized by Rikuren and the National Jitsugyodan Federation, the camp will take place in February and is scheduled to last for 20 days. It is intended both to give Rikuren officials a chance to see young, high-potential future marathoners in action and to give these young runners the chance to see what the life and practice routine of a top athlete is like. In this capacity, Noguchi is scheduled to appear as one of the 'instructors' in the camp. Noguchi has recovered from her injuries to the point that she is able to run faster than 3:30 per km in training and plans to run a comeback race in the spring. If all goes smoothly, the New Zealand training camp will also act as her base training.
Beijing Olympics 5000 m and 10000 m Kayoko Fukushi (Team Wacoal) is one of the runners listed as a participant in the training camp.