translated by Brett Larner
Hit by heavy snow, organizers of the National Women's Ekiden were unsure if the race could be held until just before its start. With 10 cm of snow blanketing the ground early on the 15th they leaned toward cancelling the national championship event. 2000 people pitched in to shovel snow off the course, but at 10:30 a.m. just two hours before the scheduled start, there was still snow on Gojo Street. Teruo Ito, executive director of the Kyoto Athletics Association, commented, "I felt that if the snow melted we would make it in time. Thinking of the athletes' efforts, I knew that if we did our best to make the race go off as planned we'd absolutely be able to make it happen."