Monday, August 20, 2007

September Runs

Oh, I have been a bad blogger. There are several runs in September.

Sept 2, Genshirin Cross Country in Ebetsu
Sept 2, Nihon Saihokutan Heiwa Marathon in Wakanai
Sept 2, Kuriyama Marathon in Kuriyama
Sept 2, Ishikari Salmon Marathon in Ishikari
Sept 9, 2007 Hokkaido Marathon in Sapporo (You'll have to watch this one on TV)
Sept 9, 2007 Takeda Family Marathon in Sapporo run in conjunction with the Hokkaido Marathon.
Sept 16, 2007 Kitahiro Ekiden (Relay Race) in Kitahiroshima
Sept 16, 25th Niseko Marathon Festival in Niseko
Sept 17, Takikawa Cosmos Marathon 2007 in Takikawa
Sept 23, Pipaoi Healthy Road Race and Half Marathon in Bibai
Sept 30, 2007 Hakodate Half Marathon in Hakodate
Sept 30, Yoichi Mikaku Marathon (This one is delicious!) in Yoichi
Sept 30, Hamamasu "Ippe, Kadareya" Rindo Walk and Run in Ishikari (Rindo is a forest road)
Sept 30, 2007 Olympic Day Run Shibetsu Taikai in Shibetsu

Ganbaro Yubari Festival

Ganbaro Yubari Festival

A race to help out the failing City of Yubari, the home of Yubari Melons. Yubari is trying hard to restructure in the face of bankruptcy.

Courses: Half, 5k
Fee: 1000
Apply by 7/30

This also marks the 30th anniversary since the making of the movie "Kofuku no Kiiroi Hankachi", roughly translated as "Yellow Handkerchief(s) of Happiness". The course will be decorated with yellow handkerchiefs in celebration.

All finishes will get to eat some of the famous Yubari Melon!

The event will aslo be tying up with "24 jikan terebi Ai ha chikyu wo suku" and the race and charity events will be broadcasted to all of Hokkaido and all over Japan.

The day before the race will be a viewing of the movie and BBQ along with many other attractions.

Apply to:

Hokusho Road Race

Hokusho Road Race

Distance: 20k, 10k, 5k, 3k
Place: Sorachi, Hokuryu
3000yen for a pair (3km only)

Get application from organizers
Places to 6th
Goods: T-shirt, number
Starts: 10am
Start: Hokuryu-cho Himawari no Sato
Water: yes
Other: nurse, parking, distance markers

Run through fields of sunflowers!

Tel 0164-34-2111
Fax 0164-34-2117


Friday, August 17, 2007

Tokachi Healthy Marathon comes to and end.

After finishing it's 29th meet, the annual Tokachi Healthy (kenko) Marathon has come to an end! There will be no more. At least that is what a postcard that came in the mail from the organizers said the other day. After losing the Toyokoro Salmon Marathon two years ago, there are now now large foot races left in Tokachi! I'm not sure if you can consider Urakawa part of Tokachi, but it is the only race over 10k left near by.This is so sad. Hopefully the race in Honbetsu will gain momentum.
Limited information is included in the calendar entries. For more information, leave a comment. I try to post the deadlines for the races. The place where the race is held is also included. You can see where it is by clicking on the map link.