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Women's Marathon Program to Do Summer Training in Tokyo to Work on Hydration and Other Issues

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On Apr. 6 the JAAF announced that it will hold a women's marathoning development training camp within Tokyo in late August.  Looking toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the camp will be held in similar summer heat and will focus on exploring hydration timing and other measures for dealing with the hot conditions.  Long distance runs will be carried out as part of the camp starting at around 7:00 a.m., the expected start time of the Olympic marathon.  The brains behind the project, JAAF women's marathoning development coach Sachiko Yamashita commented, "You can't get experience running in heat without daring to actually do it.  We have to try everything that we can."

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Anonymous said…
The only way this is going to work is if they force the athletes to continuously expose themselves to hot and humid conditions for the next 3 solid years, not just running outside in the heat. No air-conditioning at all, anywhere. Sending the athletes to train and live in a place like Singapore, Malaysia or Indonesia while it's cool in Japan should be considered.

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