translated by Brett Larner
The Tokyo Marathon organizing committee announced on Sept. 2 that 272,134 people have applied for next year's race to be held on Feb. 28. The number represents a 19% increase from applications for the 2009 race, with 46,000 more people applying for the marathon. The 10 km event also saw its largest-ever number of applications with 39,307 people vying for a spot.
The 2010 Tokyo Marathon's field size is limited to 32,000 with an additional 3000 in the 10 km. The application period closed at the end of August, and results of the lottery to choose runners from the applicant pool will be announced in mid-October.