translated by Brett Larner
The third edition of Fukushima's only certified marathon, the Iwaki Sunshine Marathon, took place on Feb. 12. This year's race featured a guest appearance by the captain of 2012 Hakone Ekiden winners Toyo University's ekiden team, Iwaki native Ryuji Kashiwabara, who jogged the first part of the course. 3860 runners from across the country braved cold and windy conditions to run the course from the Iwaki Civic Track & Field Grounds to Onohama Port, a route still bearing signs of the ravages of last year's disasters. American Tyler McCandless won the men's race in 2:27:35. The top Fukushima resident was the Koriyama SDF Base's Masashi Kato of Sukagawa, 5th in the men's race.
Translator's note: McCandless wrote to say that Iwaki and his hometown are sister cities, hence the invitation to come run.