Representing four billion people, more than half the world's population, the 2014 Asian Games get underway Sept. 19 in Incheon, South Korea, athletics competition running from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3. With 2013 Moscow World Championships marathon 4th-placer Ryoko Kizaki (Team Daihatsu), veteran Eri Hayakawa (Team Toto) and 2:08 men Kohei Matsumura (Team Mitsubishi Juko Nagasaki) and Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) Japan has serious medal prospects in both the Oct. 2 women's marathon and Oct. 3 men's marathon, and you have the chance to show your support and win some quality schwag by predicting how they do in JRN's Asian Games Marathon prediction contest.
click here to send JRN an email with the subject line 'Asian Games prediction contest.' Look at the official start lists below featuring Japan's main competition and email your prediction for each Japanese runner's overall finishing place and time including seconds. List 'DNS' for any runner you think will not start. List 'DNF' for any athlete you think will start but not finish. You must fill out both the men's and women's listings to be eligible for the grand prize. Entries must be received by 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2 Japan time to be considered. Late, incomplete or multiple entries will not be accepted, but updated entries to reflect men's start list changes will be accepted up to the start of the men's race at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 3 Japan time. Winners of all prizes will be notified by email.
The Runner's Wall bearing Yuki Kawauchi's motto "Genjo Daha," "Make a Breakthrough." See the video above for the back story on Kawauchi's motivational phrase.
Like the Wind, a new magazine featuring writing, photography and art by runners for runners. Issue three, including a story on Kawauchi by JRN's Brett Larner, is due out any day.
TBS, which will offer 80 hours of prime time Asian Games coverage.
The official women's and men's start lists with fastest and slowest times in last two years along with PBs: