translated by Brett Larner
The Naoko Takahashi Cup Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon organizing committee announced on Sept. 30 that its ranking on the IAAF's international road racing rating system has been raised from this year's Silver Label status to the highest level, a Gold Label. It is the first Japanese half marathon to receive a Gold Label, a recognition of the quality of its field and other factors.
The Gifu Seiryu Half Marathon began in 2011. Speaking at a press conference at the Gifu Prefectural Government headquarters race director Naoko Takahashi commented, "I want this event to become one that will help develop athletes who can compete with the best in the world, and to become an event loved and valued by the local community." Next year's race will take place April 23.