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SPORTS YOKOHAMA Vol.47:

The Day Is Coming at Last – Yokohama Marathon 2015 on March 15
Yuji Sakamoto, Producer of Yokohama Marathon 2015

Yokohama Marathon started in 1981 as a result of a campaign of collecting signatures from local residents. Transformed into a half marathon race in 1992, the event has been popular as a citizen marathon. As a matter of fact, I, too, have taken part of Yokohama Marathon as a runner. This year, the city is going to host a full marathon race, which the citizens of Yokohama have been anxious to see for more than 30 years. I am very excited that I have been able to be involved in this race as the producer.
We have received applications for Yokohama Marathon 2015 from all of the 47 prefectures in the country. We are now committed to making preparations for the race to ensure that participants from other regions of Japan will feel the appeal of Yokohama.
The biggest feature of this race is the marathon course designed for runners to fully enjoy the attractions that the city of Yokohama offers. These include the romantic atmosphere of the port, the exotic feel of Chinatown, streets lined with beautiful buildings – old and new – and the Bay Bridge that is seen in the distance from the Bayside Line of the Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway. The course combines all of these fascinating highlights of the city into a 42.195-km route.
We are also working on a plan that is unique to Yokohama. We will put up a total of 18 aid stations along the marathon course (where water and food will be supplied). The services offered at these aid stations are unique. In addition to the official foods, such as fruits, salt and carbohydrate-rich foods, “lucky meals” will be served that are mainly made from specialty foods locally produced in Yokohama. Also, 18 different kinds of performances will be held at the aid stations to cheer up runners.
I think that the 6,000 volunteers will have a good time at the race, too.
Finally, there is one thing that I would like to say as a running trainer.
The distance of 42.195 km should never be underestimated. Make sure you know how physically strong you are, and do the training in a way that suits you. In this sense, an effort to stay fit in the winter is also important.
There is one more thing. Yokohama Marathon is a huge event, and I want every participant to mind their manners. Do not say or do an offensive thing. Avoid sitting around facilities and shops. Be careful not to liter the streets, speak on the cell phone while running or jeer at runners. There is a set of rules that we should observe to make Yokohama Marathon a great event. Be thankful for the opportunity to run in Yokohama, and enjoy the race of March 15. Above all, I hope that the weather will be good on the day!

Yuji Sakamoto, Producer of Yokohama Marathon 2015

Yuji Sakamoto Profile Born in Chigasaki, Kanagawa in 1947, Mr. Sakamoto is a “running producer.” In 1976, he started running independently at the age of 30 for health reasons (to lose weight). After that, he served for 15 years as the manager of the track team of Tokyo Electric Company where he worked. Mr. Sakamoto trained a group of amateurs and produced a number of excellent runners capable of finishing a full marathon in under two hours and 30 minutes. In 1992, he was involved in the planning of the “24-Hour Marathon” event aired by Nippon Television Network Corporation. He then pursued his career supporting long-distance runners at races and through TV programs. In May 2013, Mr. Sakamoto was appointed as the producer of Yokohama Marathon 2015, a citizen participation full marathon race. Since then, he has been working devotedly to produce this new marathon event.

Enjoy the Performances at Aid Stations – an Unprecedented Attempt to Cheer Up Runners

For runners, an aid station is like an oasis, where they refresh themselves to make it to the finish line. At Yokohama Marathon 2015, a total of 18 aid stations will be set up, making it one of the domestic marathon events with the most aid stations. At these 18 aid stations, water will be supplied in 18 different ways and performances will be held to cheer up runners. Visitors other than runners are also welcome to enjoy these performances.

* Details will be published later on the official website of the race. Go to the following page on the performances: http://www.yokohamamarathon.jp/2015/event/o-performance

Planned performances

This performance is indispensable to Yokohama, a city of jazz.
Will they play music at an aid station?

Planned performances

The word “cheer” means to give encouragement and make someone more cheerful.
Is this performance the basic way of cheering?

lanned performances

Yokohama is the Japanese birthplace of cocktails.
Will they have a bartender at an aid station?

lanned performances

 

Introduction to the Courses

Introduction to the Courses

10-km race course

This is a golden course that starts at the Minato Mirai Ohashi Bridge and takes you to a number of sightseeing spots in Yokohama. After crossing the finish line at Yamashita Park, you may want to have a party at Chinatown to celebrate your feat.

2-km wheelchair race course

Runners with disabilities can participate with their daily-use wheelchairs (including electric-powered ones), which is rare in the country. Guides are allowed to accompany these runners, so all of them, from kids to adults, are sure to make it to the finish line and feel a moment of joy and accomplishment.

Start time・Finish time・Time limit

Start time Finish time Time limit Full Marathon 8:30 15:00 6 hours and 30 minutes 10km 8:30 10:00 1 hours and 30 minutes 10km(wheelchair) 8:25 9:10 45 minutes 2km (wheelchair) 9:30 10:10 40 minutes

Estimated runner passing times (*: Time for the 10-km race included)

  Full Marathon・10km 10km
(wheelchair) head last head Red brick depot (First half) about 8:40 about 9:25* about 8:35 (Return) about 10:35 about 14:45   Yokohama Park   about 8:45 about 9:35* about 8:35 Yamashita Park (First half) about 8:50 about 9:50* about 8:40 (Return) about 10:35 about 14:30   Negshi   about 9:15 about 10:50   Shinsugita   about 9:25 about 11:15   Nanbuitibha   about 9:30 about 11:30   Finish (10km) about 8:50 about 10:00 about 8:50 (Full Marathon) about 10:40 about 15:00  

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The Day Is Coming at Last – Yokohama Marathon 2015 on March 15
Yuji Sakamoto, Producer of Yokohama Marathon 2015

Yokohama Marathon started in 1981 as a result of a campaign of collecting signatures from local residents. Transformed into a half marathon race in 1992, the event has been popular as a citizen marathon. As a matter of fact, I, too, have taken part of Yokohama Marathon as a runner. This year, the city is going to host a full marathon race, which the citizens of Yokohama have been anxious to see for more than 30 years. I am very excited that I have been able to be involved in this race as the producer.
We have received applications for Yokohama Marathon 2015 from all of the 47 prefectures in the country. We are now committed to making preparations for the race to ensure that participants from other regions of Japan will feel the appeal of Yokohama.
The biggest feature of this race is the marathon course designed for runners to fully enjoy the attractions that the city of Yokohama offers. These include the romantic atmosphere of the port, the exotic feel of Chinatown, streets lined with beautiful buildings – old and new – and the Bay Bridge that is seen in the distance from the Bayside Line of the Tokyo Metropolitan Expressway. The course combines all of these fascinating highlights of the city into a 42.195-km route.
We are also working on a plan that is unique to Yokohama. We will put up a total of 18 aid stations along the marathon course (where water and food will be supplied). The services offered at these aid stations are unique. In addition to the official foods, such as fruits, salt and carbohydrate-rich foods, “lucky meals” will be served that are mainly made from specialty foods locally produced in Yokohama. Also, 18 different kinds of performances will be held at the aid stations to cheer up runners.
I think that the 6,000 volunteers will have a good time at the race, too.
Finally, there is one thing that I would like to say as a running trainer.
The distance of 42.195 km should never be underestimated. Make sure you know how physically strong you are, and do the training in a way that suits you. In this sense, an effort to stay fit in the winter is also important.
There is one more thing. Yokohama Marathon is a huge event, and I want every participant to mind their manners. Do not say or do an offensive thing. Avoid sitting around facilities and shops. Be careful not to liter the streets, speak on the cell phone while running or jeer at runners. There is a set of rules that we should observe to make Yokohama Marathon a great event. Be thankful for the opportunity to run in Yokohama, and enjoy the race of March 15. Above all, I hope that the weather will be good on the day!

Yuji Sakamoto, Producer of Yokohama Marathon 2015

Yuji Sakamoto Profile Born in Chigasaki, Kanagawa in 1947, Mr. Sakamoto is a “running producer.” In 1976, he started running independently at the age of 30 for health reasons (to lose weight). After that, he served for 15 years as the manager of the track team of Tokyo Electric Company where he worked. Mr. Sakamoto trained a group of amateurs and produced a number of excellent runners capable of finishing a full marathon in under two hours and 30 minutes. In 1992, he was involved in the planning of the “24-Hour Marathon” event aired by Nippon Television Network Corporation. He then pursued his career supporting long-distance runners at races and through TV programs. In May 2013, Mr. Sakamoto was appointed as the producer of Yokohama Marathon 2015, a citizen participation full marathon race. Since then, he has been working devotedly to produce this new marathon event.

Enjoy the Performances at Aid Stations – an Unprecedented Attempt to Cheer Up Runners

For runners, an aid station is like an oasis, where they refresh themselves to make it to the finish line. At Yokohama Marathon 2015, a total of 18 aid stations will be set up, making it one of the domestic marathon events with the most aid stations. At these 18 aid stations, water will be supplied in 18 different ways and performances will be held to cheer up runners. Visitors other than runners are also welcome to enjoy these performances.

* Details will be published later on the official website of the race. Go to the following page on the performances: http://www.yokohamamarathon.jp/2015/event/o-performance

Planned performances

This performance is indispensable to Yokohama, a city of jazz.
Will they play music at an aid station?

Planned performances

The word “cheer” means to give encouragement and make someone more cheerful.
Is this performance the basic way of cheering?

lanned performances

Yokohama is the Japanese birthplace of cocktails.
Will they have a bartender at an aid station?

lanned performances

 

Introduction to the Courses

Introduction to the Courses

10-km race course

This is a golden course that starts at the Minato Mirai Ohashi Bridge and takes you to a number of sightseeing spots in Yokohama. After crossing the finish line at Yamashita Park, you may want to have a party at Chinatown to celebrate your feat.

2-km wheelchair race course

Runners with disabilities can participate with their daily-use wheelchairs (including electric-powered ones), which is rare in the country. Guides are allowed to accompany these runners, so all of them, from kids to adults, are sure to make it to the finish line and feel a moment of joy and accomplishment.

Start time・Finish time・Time limit

Start time Finish time Time limit Full Marathon 8:30 15:00 6 hours and 30 minutes 10km 8:30 10:00 1 hours and 30 minutes 10km(wheelchair) 8:25 9:10 45 minutes 2km (wheelchair) 9:30 10:10 40 minutes

Estimated runner passing times (*: Time for the 10-km race included)

  Full Marathon・10km 10km
(wheelchair) head last head Red brick depot (First half) about 8:40 about 9:25* about 8:35 (Return) about 10:35 about 14:45   Yokohama Park   about 8:45 about 9:35* about 8:35 Yamashita Park (First half) about 8:50 about 9:50* about 8:40 (Return) about 10:35 about 14:30   Negshi   about 9:15 about 10:50   Shinsugita   about 9:25 about 11:15   Nanbuitibha   about 9:30 about 11:30   Finish (10km) about 8:50 about 10:00 about 8:50 (Full Marathon) about 10:40 about 15:00  

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