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Tokyo makes Marathon debut

Posted: Mar. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
Tokyo Marathon

Tokyo is back to win. The Japanese megacity has entered the World Marathon Major race hoping to set a new world record. Tokyo has joined Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York in the six-legged race that will last up to two years but the prize is well worth it: The winner will receive $500,000.

The Tokyo Marathon will make its debut as a World Marathon Majors race Sunday with a potential race record in store in the men’s competition.

Tokyo joins Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York in the six-legged series contested over a two-year period. The winner receives $500,000.

The men’s race on Sunday will feature four runners who own times of 2 hours, 4 minutes and will challenge the Tokyo Marathon record of 2:07:23, set by Viktor Rothlin in 2008. The fastest marathon ever run on Japanese soil is 2:05:18.


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