The Japan running culture is going strong inspired by athletes aiming for record breaking victories in the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The 4-day festival displayed the exceptional approach and planning by the Tokyo Marathon Foundation with their supporting organisations and partners.
Due to the influx of participants over the years the organiser increased the marathon capacity by 2,000 entrants, accepting up to 37,500 runners for the marathon and 500 runners for 10km this year. The Boston Marathon event in comparison, attracts an average of about 30,000 registered participants each year.
Despite the weather being less than stellar for a race – Japanese residents, travellers, and athletes around the world converged for the opening ceremony at a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay, Japan, known as Odaiba.
Race pack pick-up is mesmerising courtesy of Futuristic Yurikamome transportation, Gundam robot sighting, and bold architectural creations around the island. It was also in Odaiba, where the Family Run and Friendship Run was held on 2nd March, culminating with another rainy weather on the day of the marathon.
The following series of photos exhibits the passion of not only participating athletes, but of the many lives of ordinary people with different culture, occupations and lifestyles. The spirit of the marathon is alive to inspire each other to unite as one to form the Tokyo Marathon.
Exhibiting Japan’s Running Culture Through Tokyo Marathon 2019
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