The Nayoga marathon, in Japan, aim to stand out and to be the most important in the world calendar, announcing for the next season a $ 250,000 prize for the winner.
The competition, which is exclusively for women, and is qualified by the World Athletics with the platinum label, complying with the highest quality levels.
The date set for the event is March 13, with the expectation that there are no restrictions on entry to the country or flights and the call is again 22 thousand runners.
Five thousand runners
It is year, the number of participants was five thousand and the winner it was Mizuki Matsuda, 25, who crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 21 minutes and 51 seconds. It is worth noting that he was also a reserve athlete for the Japanese marathon team at the Tokyo Olympics.
Because he ran with a strong wind, this affected the times of the runners and made the test slower. As for the podium, in second place came Sakaya Sato, with 2 hours, 24 minutes and 32 seconds, while third came Natsumi Matsuita, with a time of 2 hours, 26 minutes and 36 seconds.
At the same time, the organization allowed the “virtual participation” of foreign brokers. While waiting for the best conditions, the expectation is to have athletes from different parts of the world for the next edition.
Greatest in female-only races
The Nagoya Marathon is the largest in the world in terms of a 42k exclusively for women, certified by Guinness World Records.
It was released on March 11, 2012, with 13,114 participants., revamped from the Nagoya International Women’s Marathon, the elite race known as the qualifying event that allowed many Japanese stars to qualify for international competitions, including two Olympic Games gold medalists such as Naoko Takahashi and Mizuki Noguchi.
Requirements for elite athletes
Athletes who aspire to win the $ 250,000 must be registered at JAAF (Japan Association of Athletic Federations) and will have to be over 19 years old.
At the same time, must have a JAAF-registered record in a certified competition inside or outside of Japan from March 1, 2020 in the following items:
- Full marathon in less than 2 hours 50 minutes.
- 30 kilometers traveled in less than 1 hour 55 minutes.
- Full half marathon in less than 1 hour 15 minutes.
- 20 km or 20,000 meters covered in less than 1 hour 11 minutes.
- 10 km or 10,000 complete meters in less than 34 minutes.
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