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Izumo Ekiden Announces Teams for 26th Running on Oct. 13

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The first of the Big Three University Ekidens that make up the core of the year for Japanese collegiate distance men, the six-stage, 45.1 km Izumo Ekiden takes place Oct. 13.  On July 30 organizers released the full of 21 teams that will compete at this year's 26th running, led by defending champion and course record holder Komazawa University and 2014 Hakone Ekiden winner Toyo University.  The U.S, Ivy League Select Team will also return for its 17th Izumo appearance.

2014 Izumo Ekiden Field

Kanto Region
Komazawa University (22nd appearance)
Toyo University (15th appearance)
Nittai University (17th appearance)
Waseda University (22nd appearance)
Aoyama Gakuin University (5th appearance)
Meiji University (6th appearance)
Nihon University (21st appearance)
Teikyo University (6th appearance)
Takushoku University (3rd appearance)
Daito Bunka University (16th appearance)

Tokai Region
Chukyo University (9th appearance)

Kansai Region
Ritsumeikan University (13th appearance)
Kwansei Gakuin University (5th appearance)

Chugoku Region
Hiroshima Keizai University (13th appearance)

Kyushu Region
Daiichi Kogyo University (19th appearance)
Nippon Bunri University (9th appearance)

Regional Select Teams
Hokkaido Region University Select Team (26th appearance)
Tohoku Region University Select Team (26th appearance)
Hokushinetsu Region University Select Team (26th appearance)
Chugoku-Shikoku Region University Select Team (26th appearance)
Ivy League Select Team (17th appearance)

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