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Kawauchi, Asmerom, Nagao and Waku Headline 50th Anniversary Ome 30 km

translated by Brett Larner

On Feb. 10 the Ome Road Race organizing committee announced the elite field and guest starters for its 50th anniversary running on Feb. 21.  The fastest man ever over the historic Ome course, marathon great and DeNA corporate team executive head coach Toshihiko Seko will serve as starter in the 30 km, with former marathon world record holder and Sydney Olympics marathon gold medalist Naoko Takahashi starting the 10 km.  A $30,000 bonus will be offered to any runner who can beat Seko's 1981 winning time of 1:29:32, with $20,000 offered for breaking the all-time second-fastest winning time in Ome history, 1:30:21 by Masaki Ito (Konica Minolta) in 2013.

50th Ome Road Race Elite Field
Ome, Tokyo, 2/21/16

Men's 30 km
Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) - 1:29:31 (2013 Kumanichi 30 km)
Yared Asmerom (Eritrea) - 1:30:16 (2008 Biwako Mainichi Marathon)
Shota Yamaguchi (Fujitsu) - 1:01:42 (2012 Marugame Half)
Michael Githae (Kenya/Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 1:02:27 (2015 Gifu Seiryu Half)
Jinnosuke Matsumura (Josai Univ.) - 1:02:46 (2015 Nat'l Univ. Half)
Takaya Hamato (Tokyo Int'l Univ.) - 1:01:06 (2015 Yosenkai 20 km)

Women's 30 km
Kaoru Nagao (Univ. Ent.) - 1:42:05 (2011 Yokohama Int'l Women's Marathon split)
Mirai Waku (Univ. Ent.) - 1:09:56 (2015 Sanyo Ladies' Half)
Kaori Yoshida (Runners Pulse AC) - 1:10:18 (2001 Chiba Marine Half)
Megumi Amako (Canon AC Kyushu) - 1:12:44 (2013 Sanyo Ladies' Half)
Yukari Abe (Panasonic) - 1:13:31 (2013 Marugame Half)

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