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tokyo marathon wheelchair 車いすマラソン


My random, desktop image of the day happens to be from 7 years ago today, when I hung out in the rain to watch a bit of the 2010 Tokyo Marathon. Today was the 2017 version.

The wheelchair racers (車いすマラソン) lead the pack.

Tokyo Marathon 2013 results

tokyo marathon 2010 rain iidabashi

Tokyo Marathon 2010 in the rain (Iidabashi, Tokyo, Japan)

Today’s Tokyo Marathon 2013 had Kazuhiro Maeda as the top Japanese finisher. Four of the top five finishers were from Kenya with the winner being Dennis Kipruto Kimetto.

I remember, very well, a wet morning three years ago when I was there. Click here for more photos and video from that day.

Tokyo Marathon 2011

Today was the Tokyo Marathon. I’m sad to have missed it as from the pictures I’ve seen it appears that the weather was much better than it was last year when I was there (pictured above).

Tokyo Marathon 2010 photos – Part 3


For all of the Tokyo Marathon 2010 pics click here.

The above picture is my last of the day, just before heading into the Iidabashi Metro Station. I was very cold and very wet at this point. Watching the rest of the race in front of the TV provided a nice contrast. How often do you get to witness the same sporting event in person and on TV in your home and have them both be live?

I took this one from the steps leading up to the pedestrian crossing overhead.

The view from the crossing was great but police kept people moving.

Runners were in shower caps, wet suits, garbage bags, and anything else they could think of to try and keep dry.

More to come…

Tokyo Marathon 2010 pictures

During the past week, by far the most popular post has been this one on the Tokyo Marathon. Maybe the weather was such that the usual number of pictures weren’t taken and people are looking for more? I have a few dozen decent shots that I’ll upload in the near future.

The one above is of the promotional poster for the 2010 Tokyo Marathon that was plastered all over the Tokyo Metro stations in the weeks leading up to the race.

The sign in the above photo asks road users to slow down. Of course it’s intended for the drivers normally on the street and not the runners. It’s kind of funny right next to the GO! GO! GO! sign.

This pack of runners must have had a celebrity in their midst, or maybe the female runner who was in the lead at the time, as there were two camera vehicles in front of them.

Iidabashi 飯田橋

The runners are coming down Sotobori Street (外堀通り) and are turning right onto Mejiro Street (目白通り).

One advantage of being 6’4″ in Japan is you can take photographs like the above.

Tokyo Marathon 2010

The day was cold. The day was wet. But it is difficult to pass up a marathon running through town even in the most adverse conditions. So I got on the Tokyo Metro for a couple of stops to arrive at Iidabashi (飯田橋) to view the race.

I got a position in the front row right next to a curve. I figured it would be a great spot to take pictures as I thought runners would be coming from my right before turning the corner. Unfortunately, my sense of direction got reversed by coming out a station exit I was unfamiliar with and runners actually came from my left which meant I couldn’t see them until a split second before they were past me.

The male winner was a Japanese man, Fujiwara Masakazu (藤原正和), for the first time in the Tokyo Marathon’s short, 4-year history.

Once I could no longer feel my feet (I stepped in a deep puddle early on) or hands (I had an umbrella in one hand and my camera in the other) I decided it was time to go home where I watched the last hours of the race on TV.

Here are a couple of short videos I took from two different locations.