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Tokyo Marathon Applications Hit Record 335,000

http://www.nikkei.com/news/headline/article/g=96958A9C81818A9997E2E1E2EA8DE2E0E2EBE0E2E3E2E2E2E2E2E2E2

translated by Brett Larner

Following the end of the application period on Aug. 31, the Tokyo Marathon Foundation announced on Sept. 2 that applications for next year's fifth running, scheduled for Feb. 27, hit a record 335,147 for the combined full marathon and 10 km divisions, 9.6 times the number of spots available and exceeding last year's numbers by 20,000.

294,469 people applied for the 32,000 marathon positions, 9.2 times the maximum field size, while 46,678 people applied for the 3000 places in the 10 km, 13.6 times the field limit. 77.3% of marathon applicants were male and 22.7% female, while in the 10 km 49.7% were male and 50.3% female. Results of the lottery for entry will be anounced beginning Oct. 12.

Translator's note: To compare to the past four years' numbers click here.

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