translated by Brett Larner
On Oct. 6 it was made public that Toyo University ace junior Ryuji Kashiwabara will sit out the Oct. 11 Izumo Ekiden in Izumo, Shimane prefecture. Toyo head coach Sakai told reporters that Kashiwabara's condition this season is not good and that he will take things easy. Toyo won the last two Hakone Ekidens on the strength of Kashiwabara's pair of stage record runs on Hakone's legendary uphill Fifth Stage.
Translator's note: Look for JRN's Izumo Ekiden preview and information on watching live online tomorrow night.