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JAAF Shakes Up Marathon Schedule for 2018-19 Season

At its executive board meeting on Dec. 19, the JAAF approved date changes for three of its major marathons. Traditionally held in November, the Saitama International Women's Marathon will move to Dec. 9 for its 2018 running in response to the National Corporate Women's Ekiden's shift from mid-December to November. In 2019 the Tokyo Marathon will change from the last Sunday in February to Mar. 3 to avoid potential conflicts with the new Emperor's Birthday holiday, which will take place each year on Feb. 23 following the imperial succession in 2019. Tokyo will remain on the first Sunday of March thereafter, the longtime date of the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon. As a result, in 2019 Lake Biwa will be held a week later on Mar. 10, the same day as the Nagoya Women's Marathon.

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