translated by Brett Larner
At a meeting in Hiroshima on Jan. 24, Rikuren announced that the second edition of the Yokohama International Women's Marathon, sponsored in part by the Asahi Newspaper Group, will be held on Feb. 20, 2011. The first running of the new race was last November. The three major domestic elite women-only marathons in 2011 will thus be lined up in a row, with Osaka in January, Yokohama in February and Nagoya in March.*
The first Yokohama International Women's Marathon was held in November to commemorate its predecessor, the Tokyo International Women's Marathon. However, in November this year Yokohama will host a general meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) alliance, leading to security concerns with regard to the marathon.
*Translator's note: The date given for the race is one week before the date of the 2011 Tokyo Marathon, which also hosts an elite women's field.