As with last month's World Championships, the lack of leadership of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, its National Stadium and logo scandals, its backtracking in decision making, its complete avoidance of responsibility for its own failures, is a discouraging squandering of the potential that is most definitely there. Like the way that going out to watch the Hakone Ekiden Yosenkai qualifier in person salves the pain of witnessing corporate league and JAAF policy, practice and decision making, there's no better way to be reminded of what a great city Tokyo really is, of what it could be, than to see it on foot. Running the 40 km +/- around the Yamanote Line, the green circle train line circling the heart of the city, offers a glimpse of some of Tokyo's many faces. Today's run started and finished at Harajuku Station, heading counterclockwise.
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