Tachikawa Marathon Race
March 8, 1998
- The course of the half-marathon race is routed both in the park and in the Tachikawa downtown.
- The courses for both 10km and 3km are routed in the park only.
- You can enter into the park free of charge if you register for the marathon (Park entrance fee is 400yen).
- I participated 10km-race.
- The day before the race was stomy. However, on the marathon day, it was fine. It was chilly in the morning and thus the wind was cold.
- The race starts from "Everybody's Field" in the middle of the park. You can clearly see the Mt. Fuji covered with snow from there if the weather is fine.
- The time was counted by using runner's chip.
- The runners must stand side by side in numerical order.
- The 10km race started at 11:30AM. Everybody started to run at a time. However, at the starting point, it was dangerous since runners were apt to hit each other due to crowdedness.
- The course turns one and half circles of the park.
- The course has several gentle ups and downs.
- You can pass through Japanese Garden which are still under construction (Usually, you cannot enter into).
- You don't need to worry about the traffic, because you are running in the park.
- I participated this race twice. The last record was just 50min. However, this year, I found that it already took more than 30min. when I passed 6km point. Thus I hurried and had to speed up. I tried to run as hard as possible. However, eventually, the time was 49min. 35sec. Almost the same record as that of last year.
- I was just 300th among the 620 participants.
- You can have free tea and poke soup after the race.
- After the race, I and my comrade looked for the pub around Tachikawa Station for celebrating the completion of the race. We finally found the pub very close to the place where the stake ticket was sold. The pub was opened in broad daylight! Besides, to my surprise, it was so crowded! Almost all guests were watching TV horse races while drinking!