Tokushima Marathon 2011

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While it’s a little far to get to Kansai, this popular race has been chosen as one of the top 100 races in Japan. The scenery while running is beautiful, with views of Mt Bizan – which has been written about in the oldest collection of Japanese poetry, the ‘Manyoshu’ – and there are easy courses to run. In addition the, the last replenishment station is also pretty special. There’s a seven-hour time limit on completing the course. In 2010, 93.7% of participants completed the full marathon. Details of the 2011 competition will be announced in late October. Registration opens on November 1, 2010.