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282,824 Apply for 2012 Tokyo Marathon

http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/news/20110905-OYT1T00843.htm

translated by Brett Larner

The Tokyo Marathon Foundation announced on Sept. 5 that entries for the full marathon division of the 2012 Tokyo Marathon, scheduled for Feb. 26, reached 9.6 times the number of available places, a new record in Tokyo's six-year history.  As of the Aug. 31 entry deadline, 282,824 people had applied for the 29,400 spots in the field.  Another 1,164 people applied for the 400 places in the 10 km, now restricted to under-18 and handicapped athletes.  Results of the entry lottery are expected to be sent out by email in mid-October.  Charity full marathon entrants who raise more than 100,000 yen [~$1,300 USD] have until the end of November to apply for one of the 3,000 additional places in that category.

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Brett Larner said…
JRN photographer Daniel Seite pointed out that the number of full marathon division applicants is slightly lower (~11,000) than last year, but due to the smaller number of spots available this year (400 added and 3000 taken away for the charity division) the ratio of applicants to spots is a record.

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