life in hiroshima and beyond

13 December 2009 @ 10am


Japan’s Running Boom

©Florence Nobuko Smith

©Florence Nobuko Smith

I am quoted in this short piece on Japan’s current running boom on one of the Japan Times blogs by Jason Jenkins

With Japan’s “running boom” arguably at its peak, races around the country are filling up faster than ever. The 2009 Tokyo Marathon saw 226,378 applicants competing for 30,000 spots: a 68% increase from the year before, and this year’s Peace Marathon in Hiroshima had around 2,000 more participants than 2008. What may be most significant about these numbers is that a majority of these new applicants are first-timers and women. Japanese running clubs are also seeing their numbers swell with new runners, especially those clubs with membership fees that offer professional coaching.

Read the full article.

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