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JAAF Announces Schedule for July's Hokuren Distance Challenge Series

On May 14 the JAAF announced the schedule and program for the five-meet Hokuren Distance Challenge series in Hokkaido. Scheduled after the end of the Olympic qualifying period, the series will still play a key role for middle and long distance athletes tuning up for the Tokyo Olympics and fall ekiden season.

Sat. July 3 - Shibetsu Meet
men: 1500 m, 3000 m, 5000 m
women: 1500 m, 3000 m, 5000 m

Wed. July 7 - Fukagawa Meet
men: 5000 m, 10000 m
women: 3000 m, 5000 m, 10000 m

Sat. July 10 - Abashiri Meet
men: 1500 m, 5000 m, T11-13 5000 m, 10000 m, 3000 mSC
women: 1500 m, 3000 m, 5000 m, T11-13 5000 m, 10000 m, 3000 mSC

Wed. July 14 - Kitami Meet
men: 800 m, 5000 m, T11-13 5000 m, 10000 m
women: 1500 m, 3000 m, 5000 m, T11-13 5000 m

Sat. July 17 - Chitose Meet
men: 800 m, 1500 m, 5000 m, 2000 mSC
women: 800 m, 1500 m, 3000 m, 5000 m, 10000 m, 2000 mSC

Entires for all five meets are open June 7-18 for all athletes who have met the qualifying standards since Jan. 1, 2020. International athletes who may already be in Japan ahead of the Olympics by then should contact the JAAF concerning entries and what will be needed with regard to including competing at any of the Hokuren meets in their registered pre-Olympic itineraries. Contact Satoe Hidano, Shizuka Hirose and Kaho Ono at the JAAF here:

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