It's 2:48AM, Saturday Feb 28th, six days after completing the Tokyo Marathon, and I'm wide awake sitting on my couch in sunny northern California wondering why did take a nap after landing at noon in the States! Yes, major jet lag.
Since, I have nothing better to do on an early Saturday morning let's talk about participating in the 6th World Major Marathon as well as logistics of getting to the marathon and faux pah for the foreign traveler to be aware of. Let's break this up into three parts:
- (This Post): This part about how to get to the race and reflections on the race itself
- Part2 : The two weeks we spent in Taiwan prior to the race
- Part3 : The three days we spent after the race in Tokyo/Hakone (Hot Springs Area)
If you have never heard of the World Marathon Major Races then you should read about each of them here
as each has a rich history of their own. Tokyo was the last marathon to be added and is the largest marathon in Asia. Each year more than 300,000 people apply to get in and only about 35,000 are accepted. It's even harder for local Japanese to get in.