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Hosaka Running Beppu-Oita This Weekend

59+ marathon world record holder Yoshihisa Hosaka (Natural Foods AC) is running Sunday's Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon in his first marathon at age 65.  In October he ran the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon in an attempt on the age 64 world record. The video below includes a few shots of both Hosaka and fellow senior world record holder Ed Whitlock (Canada).

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Hakone Ekiden Universities Struggle With Flood Damage to Home Tracks

Big Three University Ekiden season kicked off Oct. 14 with the six-stage, 45.1 km Izumo Ekiden in Shimane. Among the teams competing was Chuo Gakuin University, making its tenth appearance at Izumo. Just days before the race its home track and training ground in Abiko, Chiba was flooded in the aftereffects of Typhoon #19. Having just been renovated and resurfaced in August, the Chuo Gakuin track now sits under 4 m of water. Head coach Yuji Kawasaki, 57, commented somberly, "It's going to be out of commission for the rest of the year. I have to give the question of where we can do our speed work some serious thought."

Normally the start of ekiden season is marked by excitement and optimism, but across the Kanto Region university coaches and athletes shared Kawasaki's weighty tone. Few, though, were impacted as hard as Chuo Gakuin as it prepares for a return trip to Hakone. Immediately after the typhoon on Oct. 12 conditions at Chuo Gakuin's track facility were no…