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National University Men's Half Marathon Championships Cancelled After Earthquake

http://teema.jp/marathon/information.html

translated by Brett Larner

Following the major earthquake in northern Japan on Mar. 11, aftershocks have continued to occur. We can also expect continued disruption to public transportation. The course of the Tachikawa Akishima Half Marathon scheduled for Mar. 13 (the 14th National University Men's Half Marathon Championships and the selection race for the national team for the 26th World University Games) takes place partly on the Tachikawa Self Defense Force base, a designated disaster relief facility, and the neighboring Showa Kinen Park where the course ends is a designated evacuation area. Given the current state of emergency activity we have decided to cancel the race.

We will send the race program and planned premium entry goods to all entrants by mail, apologize for any inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding.

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Brett Larner said…
The Tokyo Championships Ekiden, also scheduled for tomorrow, has just been cancelled.

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Lexicon

Betsudai - the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon
daigaku - university
ekiden - a long-distance relay race
faito - a courseside audience cheer; see ganbatte
ganbatte (ganbare) - a courseside audience cheer; see faito
gasshuku - an intensive training camp
Hakone Ekiden - the annual university men`s championships
jitsugyodan - corporate-sponsored professional running teams
onsen - a hot spring
Q-chan - Naoko Takahashi, the 2000 Sydney Olympics women`s marathon gold medalist, Olympic record holder and first woman to break 2:20 in the marathon
rikujo - track and field, the marathon, and other running events
Rikuren - the JAAF
tasuki - the sash which is handed off during an ekiden
zannen - too bad
otaku - a nerdy, socially awkward person, usually male, who is obsessed with some esoteric topic

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