translated by Brett Larner
The organizers of the Naoko Takahashi Cup Gifu Half Marathon announced on April 18 that 2011 World Championships marathon team members Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama T&F Assoc.) and Yukihiro Kitaoka (Team NTN) will compete in this year's first running, scheduled for May 15. The amateur Kawauchi was the top Japanese finisher and 3rd overall at February's Tokyo Marathon, while Kitaoka won the silver medal at last fall's Asian Games marathon, both earning guaranteed spots on the World Championships team.
In its first edition the Naoko Takahashi Cup Gifu Half Marathon will feature both men's and women's races along with a 3 km race.