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.
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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.
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.