translated by Brett Larner
On Mar. 4 marathoner Mizuki Noguchi (30) was a special guest at a running event at Kyoto's Nishikyogoku Elementary School. Noguchi ran together with the school's children along the Katsura River, sharing with them the joy of running. Noguchi frequently trains along the river, and as a graduate of Nishikyogoku she was invited to take part in the event. 700 students separated by grade ran from 1.5 to 5 km. Noguchi acted as starter for each grade, then ran with them at their pace.
Before starting Noguchi took questions from the students. In response to a question about how much she runs in a day Noguchi smiled as she answered, "I usually do 30-40 km a day, but on long days I go up to 60 km. Just like brushing your teeth every morning it becomes part of your life, so it's not tough at all. I hope you can all find enjoyment in running, too."