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An Appeal From Japan Running News (updated)

Update 6/22: Thank you to everyone who donated within the first 24 hours. If you're a regular on JRN or associated with one of the for-profit websites which frequently link to the translations and articles I put up here please consider a donation to help me bring you video coverage of this week's National Track and Field Championships in Hiroshima. Thank you.

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I started Japan Running News a little over a year and a half ago. Up until now I've kept it ad-free and having been doing all my translation, writing and video work from an interest in supporting Japanese distance running and without really looking to make money from it. I don't plan to change this, but at this point I wanted to ask your help.

Looking at NHK's broadcast schedule for next week's National Track and Field Championships today I was disappointed to see that they are only showing two segments of one and a half hours apiece. The only distance event which will be broadcast is the women's 5000 m despite the fact that it looks as though it will be the least interesting of the four main long-distance events. I'd like to go down to Hiroshima to cover the meet and in particular the distance events, and this is where I'd like to ask your help.

If you're a regular JRN reader, if you enjoyed my video coverage of last year's Olympic Trials edition of Nationals when they were held in Kawasaki, or if you are interested in seeing more of this year's meet than will otherwise be available, please consider making a donation through the PayPal link below. Any amount would be appreciated. I know it is short notice as the meet begins on Thurs., June 25, but hopefully it will be possible to cover the costs involved. If it doesn't look feasible then I will be happy to refund any donations. Thank you for your support.

Brett Larner






Comments

dennis said…
I want to go to Japan and see how it's like and videotape the race.It sucks that I lived in Irvine california.
Brett Larner said…
My thanks for your generosity, Anonymous.

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Kawauchi Takes Six Minutes Off Kitakyushu Marathon Course Record to Lead Weekend Results

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Jan. 14: Okukuma Road Race Half Marathon, Kumamoto - 1:03:28 - 7th
Jan. 21: Yashio Isshu Ekiden, Saitama: 1:01:03 - 1st - ran entire 20.0 km ekiden solo and beat all 103 teams of 6 runners each
Jan. 28: Okumusashi Ekiden First Stage (9.9 km), Saitama - 29:41 - 6th
Feb. 4: Saitama Ekiden Third Stage (12.1 km), Saitama - 36:54 - 4th
Feb. 11: Izumo Kunibiki Half Marathon, Shimane - cancelled due to heavy snow
Feb. 18: Kitakyushu Marathon, Fukuoka - 2:11:46 - 1st - CR
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Mar. 4: Kanaguri Hai Tamana Half Marathon, Kumamoto
Mar. 18: Wan Jin Shi Marathon, Taiwan
Mar. 25: Kuki Half Marathon, Saitama
Apr. 16: Boston Marathon, U.S.A.
May 5: Toyohirakawa Half Marathon, Hokkaido
June 2: ASICS Stockholm Marathon, Sweden
June 17: Okinoshima 50 km Ultramarathon, Shimane
July 1: Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Australia
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