February’s Ome 30 km Street Race Canceled As a result of Pandemic

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On Oct. 14 the organizers of Tokyo’s Ome 30 km Street Race introduced that the favored occasion’s fifty fifth working, scheduled for Feb. 20, 2022, is not going to go forward and can as an alternative be postponed a 12 months. Organizers mentioned that as a result of ongoing coronavirus pandemic that they had considerations about having the ability to stage the occasion in a method secure for runners, native residents, race employees and volunteers. The Ome 30 km’s fifty fifth working was initially scheduled for February, 2021 however was postponed to 2022, which means the brand new resolution will in impact be a two-year postponement. 

The Ome 30 km Street Race was based in 1967. Beginning within the western Tokyo suburb of Ome, the race follows a mountainous route alongside the higher Tama River gorge and again. That includes each 30 km and 10 km races, the race seen wins from Olympic gold medalists like Naoko Takahashi and Mizuki Noguchi, and is certainly one of Japan’s hottest races for novice runners, with over 12,000 finishers yearly. Instead of the 2022 occasion, organizers will maintain a digital race.

Translator’s word: Ome follows the Tokyo Marathon’s lead in canceling. New case numbers in Tokyo have dropped into the double digits. Different massive races elsewhere within the nation together with the Shimonoseki Kaikyo Marathon and Kanazawa Marathon  have introduced that they may maintain their races earlier than the top of the 12 months, and others in the identical time-frame as Ome together with the Nagoya Ladies’s Marathon and Shonan Kokusai Marathon in Tokyo’s neighboring prefecture of Kanagawa are additionally planning to go forward. Within the face of the dramatically improved numbers and research displaying that mass-participation races should not a big supply of unfold when staged with correct protocols, the cancelation of two main races in Tokyo, particularly one as distant as February, suggests that there’s extra to this story

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translated and edited by Brett Larner

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