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2013 Japanese Distance Rankings

Updated 12/23/13

JRN's 2013 Japanese track and road distance running rankings. Overall rankings are calculated using runner's times and placings in races over 5000 m, 10000 m, half-marathon and marathon and the strength of these performances relative to others in the top ten in each category. Click any image to enlarge.

Overall Men

Overall Women

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10000 m

Half-Marathon

Marathon

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Backlash Over Harsh COVID-19 Policy for Hakone Ekiden Qualifier

On Sept. 24 the Inter-University Athletic Union of Kanto (KGRR) published a set of anti-coronavirus policies and guidelines for universities planning to compete in the Oct. 17 Hakone Ekiden Yosenkai half marathon, the qualifying race for January's Hakone Ekiden. The guidelines have sparked an outcry of protest over their harshness.

The document states that if anyone involved with a team on a day-to-day basis, whether an athlete, head coach, assistant coach or anyone else, tests positive for the coronavirus in a PCR test taken on or after Sept. 26 during the three weeks prior to the race, the entire team will not be allowed to compete under any circumstances. If anyone in a team's larger circle of regular contacts test positive on or after Oct. 3, the team will likewise be barred from competing.

On his personal Twitter feed, Juntendo University head coach and JAAF development committee director Kazuhiko Yamazaki wrote about the problems with the policy, saying, "These con…

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With an absence of course markings leaving the course freely open for pedestrians to enter it, Minami Ward police are examinig the organizers' operations. According to the police, Makino claimed that at the time of the accident there were other runners around him, saying, "She was right in front of me before I noticed her and I couldn't avoid the collision."

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2021 Beppu-Oita Marathon Canceled

With no end to the coronavirus crisis in sight, the organizing committee of the Beppu-Oita Manichi Marathon has made the decision to postpone the race's 70th running from its planned date of Feb. 7, 2021 to Feb. 6, 2022 in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus among athletes and others involved in the event. We look forward to holding a spectacular 70th edition that will bring together both elites and mass-participation runners to compete and celebrate together in the cities of Beppu and Oita. Thank you for your support and understanding.

In lieu of the 2021 race we will be organizing a virtual marathon. Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 14, 2021, runners can complete a run of 42.195 km. Within the competition window, no matter where or when they run, as long as they complete 42.195 km they will be considered to have finished the race. It can be run it all at once, in two parts on the weekend, or even over the course of a week after work.

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