With a Japanese public holiday coming up (Nov 23 Labor Thanksgiving Day) and American Thanksgiving just around the corner, we know some of you will be mindlessly scrolling your phone...
So how about signing up for a race to give you that extra boost of motivation to finish this year strong!? But seriously, everything from 10k to full marathon - all around Japan.
Kasai Rinkai Park Night Half Marathon (Tokyo)
Dec 10 | May 28-Nov 27
Half Marathon, 10k
Running starts from 1800. Laps around 5k course.
It's a new week! Are y'all ready to S L A Y.
No, we aren't about that kind of Monday energy either.
P.S. We got a little busy last week, so it's been a hot minute since our last entry - sorry!
Check out what's on tap this week with our selection of triathlons and marathons in Japan that might pique your curiosity.
ISHIGAKI TRIATHLON: Opening Soon
Registration (first come, first served) opens Tuesday, November 15 at 1200. Last year, it sold out very quickly - as in about 24 hours. It's worth noting that the COVID-19 situation was significantly different back in late 2021. In recent years prior to the pandemic, registration typically stayed open for several days, if not weeks. Considering "races are back", Ishigaki seems unlikely to be an instant sell-out. Still, if you're interested, it'd be wise to register early.
With the pandemic seemingly 'under control', Japan has been intent on life "with Corona". Restrictions on activities have lifted and race organizers are eagerly (or warily?) shaking off the dust on their dormant events. But it appears many runners have not yet come out of hibernation. Like Punxsutawney Phil who's just seen his shadow, they're biding their time - and with tightened purse strings.
Recently, there has been a significant uptick in marathons around Japan opening for registration. But something unexpected is happening - the number of registrations have decreased significantly compared to previous years. Also in related news, entry fees for many races, especially large-scale course certified marathons - have noticeably increased.