Saturday, July 27, 2013

Matsumoto and Daugherty Win Fuji Mountain Race

translated by Brett Larner

With Mt. Fuji newly named to the World Heritage Site list, the 66th Fuji Mountain Race took place July 26 on a course starting at 769 m elevation in front of Fujiyoshida City Hall and ending 21 km and more than 3000 m climb later at the summit, along with a 15 km race halfway up the mountain ending at its Fifth Stage.

In the summit division, Dai Matsumoto (29, Gunma Pref.) won the men's race in 2:49:40.  American Leah Daugherty (28) won the women's race in 3:23:47.  In the Fifth Stage race, Naoto Ikuta (33, Tokyo) won for the second time, while veteran Yoshimi Hoshino (47, Shizuoka) won a third title.

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