translated and edited by Brett Larner
Once again the streets of Ichinoseki were host to an international half marathon, the 31st running of the Ichinoseki Half Marathon. A record 2313 runners including professional corporate league athletes and invited runners from abroad took part. Due to ongoing reconstruction work within the city from last year's disasters this year's race featured a new course starting and ending at the Ichinoseki Civic Gymnasium. Course record holder Mekubo Mogusu (Kenya/Team Nissin Shokuhin) was the overall winner in the half marathon, running 1:02:15. Eri Hayakawa (Team Toto) won the women's race in 1:14:12, with her teammate Noriko Nakamura (Team Toto) taking the women's 10 km in 34:48. Highlights of the race will be broadcast on IBC starting at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 7.