Skip to main content

The 2010 Rome Marathon in Pictures


JRN's Brett Larner was at the 2010 Rome Marathon covering the race for Runners magazine and representing invited runners Satoko Uetani and Toyokazu Yoshimura. A number of retired Japanese elites were also onhand as part of a JTB-sponsored tour group promoting a closer relationship between the Tokyo and Rome Marathons on the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Rome Olympics. Click here to read the IAAF's report on this year's elite race. Better late than never, below are photos from the entire race weekend. Thanks to Rome Marathon elite athlete coordinator Massimiliano Monteforte, Kassa Tadesse and everyone else in the Rome Marathon office who helped make the event and JRN's presence possible.

click photos for larger versions

all photos (c) 2010 Brett Larner
all rights reserved
no reproduction without permission


Press Conference, Mar. 19

The 2010 Rome Marathon elite field.

Part of the women's elite field.
Satoko Uetani and Toyokazu Yoshimura.
Marathon Expo Presentation of Elites, 3/20

The marathon expo at the Palazzo dei Congressi.
Invited runner Satoko Uetani and JTB tour group members Mineko Yamanouchi and Kayoko Obata.
The many faces of charismatic Ethiopian women's half marathon national record holder Mare Dibaba.


Eventual men's winner Siraj Gena (Ethiopia) and Toyokazu Yoshimura.
The elite men's field.
Ethiopians gather at the Ethiopia Day booth.
Race Day, 3/21

Mascots Volly and Pietrino the anthropomorphic cobblestone.
The start in front of the Colosseum.





Josai Univ. junior Shohei Mita nears Vatican City territory just past 16 km.
Toyokazu Yoshimura approaches the Basilica di San Pietro in Vatican City near 16.5 km.
Mineko Yamanouchi in a pack on the edge of Piazza San Pietro in Vatican City near 17 km.
Runners heading toward San Pietro. #936 is on sub-3 pace.
Leaders Siraj Gena and Benson Barus (Kenya) round a fountain at 34.5 km.
Oleksandr Sitkovskyy (Ukraine) runs the cobblestones at 34.5 km.
The lead women's pack at 34.5 km.
Satoko Uetani at 34.5 km.
The 35 km water station.
Kayoko Obata on the downwhill approaching 40 km.
The finish in front of the Colosseum. #936 just misses going sub-3.
The finish area.
Medals await.
Kayoko Obata and Satoko Uetani post-race.
Kayoko Obata and former 10000 m and half marathon national record holder Junko Kataoka post-race.
A gutted Toyokazu Yoshimura, Satoko Uetani and Uetani's coach Miyoko Nishikawa post-race.

Comments

Paul Walsh said…
Nice pictures. I went to tun Rome with family and friends a few years ago. I actually broke a toe with 12km to go, but I still have great memories of the event.

Most-Read This Week

Chebii Returns - Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon Elite Field

Defending champ Ezekiel Chebii (Kenya) returns to lead the field for the Mar. 4 Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon. Chebii is one of three men in the field with recent 2:06 times, his 2:06:07 in Amsterdam two years ago leading Tadesse Abraham (Switzerland) and Abera Kuma (Ethiopia) to form a clear trio of favorites.

Making up the second pack are four current sub-2:10 Japanese men, 2017 Gold Coast winner Takuya Noguchi (Konica Minolta), Rio Olympian Satoru Sasaki (Asahi Kasei), and Sasaki's teammates Takuya Fukatsu and Fumihiro Maruyama. The addition of sub-61 half marathoner Kenta Murayama in his second shot at the marathon after a failed debut in Tokyo two years ago makes for a formidable quartet of men from 2017 and 2018 New Year Ekiden national champion Asahi Kasei all aligned in training and talent.

With Japan's depth it's never surprising to see a relatively anonymous runner make a breakthrough and factor into the action. Yoshiki Takenouchi (NTT Nishi Nihon) was one of the …

The Kawauchi Counter

Yuki Kawauchi's 2018 race results: Jan. 1: Marshfield New Year's Day Marathon, U.S.A.: 2:18:59 - 1st - CR
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
Upcoming race schedule: Feb. 25: Fukaya City Half Marathon, Saitama
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.
June 2: ASICS Stockholm Marathon, Sweden
July 1: Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Australia
Aug. 26: New Caledonia International Marathon, New Caledonia
Sept. 2: Wakkanai Heiwa Marathon, Hokk…

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

After a seven-week break from the marathon, Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) scored his third-straight marathon win, second-straight course record and came just shy of a third-straight negative split as he ran a completely solo 2:11:46 to take almost six minutes off the Kitakyushu Marathon course record. Following up on negative split wins at December's Hofu Yomiuri Marathon and January's Marshfield New Year's Day Marathon, the latter a course record by half an hour, Kawauchi was on his own in the first 100 m in Kitakyushu and never looked back.

In the hilly first 10 km his pace fluctuated from high-2:12 to high-2:10, but once Kawauchi got into the flatter section of the course he settled out on track for a high-2:11 to low-2:12 time. After a 1:05:51 split at halfway he slowed slightly on the outbound trip to the turnaround near 31 km, but picking it up again after 35 km he marked a 6:34 from 40 km to the finish to stop the clock at 2:11:46,  a 1:05:55 second half …