Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Course Records Fall at 50th Oita Godo Half Marathon (updated)

http://www.e-obs.com/obs-news/genko/DD01110011914.html
http://www.oita-press.co.jp/localNews/2010_126318885586.html

translated and edited by Brett Larner

Nearly 600 runners took part in the 50th anniversary Oita Godo Road Race on Jan. 11 in downtown Oita. Intended to help raise the level of distance running within Oita prefecture, the race takes place each year on the Coming of Age Day national holiday and is the frequent site of breakthrough performances by new stars. This year's 50th edition saw course records in the men's half marathon and high school men's 10 km as well as the first women's 10 km race in 22 years. With extended checkpoint cutoff times helping to swell the numbers, this year saw 406 finishers in the men's half marathon, 137 in the high school men's 10 km, and 36 in the women's 10 km.

In the men's half marathon, Oita Tomei H.S. graduate Fumihiro Maruyama (19, Team Asahi Kasei) dropped his rivals with an attack over the last km, winning in a new course record of 1:03:29. Oita Tomei H.S. senior Ikuto Yufu likewise set a course record in the 10 km, clocking 29:32. Yuka Yano (Canon A.C. Kyushu) won the women's 10 km in 35:15.

2010 Oita Godo Road Race - Top Finishers
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Men's Half Marathon
1. Fumihiro Maruyama (Team Asahi Kasei) - 1:03:29 - new course record
2. Kenichi Jiromaru (Oita Tomei H.S.) - 1:03:44
3. Ryota Yoshida (Nippon Bunri Univ.) - 1:03:58
4. Shingo Tsumemaru (Team Asahi Kasei) - 1:04:36
5. Masaya Shimizu (Team Asahi Kasei) - 1:04:54

High School Boys' 10 km
1. Ikuto Yufu (Oita Tomei H.S.) - 29:32 - new course record
2. Shunsuke Yuji (Oita Tomei H.S.) - 30:09
3. Ryota Okita (Josuikan H.S.) - 30:46

Women's 10 km
1. Yuka Yano (Canon A.C. Kyushu) - 35:15
2. Chiyuki Mochizuki (Canon A.C. Kyushu) - 36:32
3. Misato Oki (Ritsumeikan AP Univ.) - 36:35

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