1,262 runners take part in the first Toyako Marathon in 3 years
A total of 1,262 runners from throughout Hokkaido and beyond took part in the 48th Toyako Marathon, which was held for the first time in three years in the town of Toyako in the Iburi region of central Hokkaido on May 15. Blessed with clear skies, the participants ran the lakeside course amid the abundant natural environment.
Due to COVID measures, a half marathon was held rather than a full marathon. Runners were divided into three groups, which started at staggered 10-minute intervals from 9:00 a.m. Masks were handed out at the finish.
Monde Yasutaka, who won the men’s race in 1 hour, 8 minutes and 17 seconds, said, “Races have been cancelled due to the COVID virus, so it’s been difficult to participate. This is my first Toyako Marathon, so It’s great to win it.” A smiling staff member who provided support for the marathon as a volunteer from the town said, “The marathon makes me feel that spring has arrived. I am happy to see the local community come back to life”.
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