If you read this blog for a long time, you maybe know, two years ago I participated in Tokyo Marathon 2007. Well, it was the first Marathon that Tokyo had for everybody.
Big cities like London, NYC have the big marathon event with long history, but Tokyo didn't have, although have the race for the top athletes.
Then the governor of the Metropolis of Tokyo had proposed having one in Tokyo. It was a good surprising and I was so lucky that I drew a lot.At Tokyo Marathon 2007 only one -third people could run.
And then, last year at Tokyo Marathon 2008 I couldn't get space for me. Nowadays running is just like the fashion in Tokyo. At that time it was more than 5 times people applied.
With regard to this year, can you imagine??? According to the official website, as follows...
State of the number of applicants: Total 261,981 (68% to past race)
State of the number of participants: 35,000 (7.5 times: ratio of applicants to participants)
Well, how much people like marathon?
It seems impossible to run any more, doesn't it???
So, I gave up, and didn't run whole the summer, fall...
One day in November I got a mail that I can participate...
How lucky I am !!
As for my friends, only I could get a lottery.
Last Sunday was the day of the Tokyo Marathon 2009.