POSTED: March 5th 2012
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Tokyo 2020: Fashion district gets a taste of the women's marathon

Over 4,000 women took to the street for the 10k marathon / Tokyo 2020
Over 4,000 women took to the street for the 10k marathon / Tokyo 2020

Support and excitement was high for the city's bid to bring the Olympics back / Tokyo 2020
Support and excitement was high for the city's bid to bring the Olympics back / Tokyo 2020

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The 10 km Shibuya Omotesando Women’s Run winding through the famous Omotesando Tokyo fashion district on Sunday was a sight to behold as 4,000 women took to the street and runners showed their excitement and support for the 2020 Olympic bid.

Masato Mizuno, ceo of the bid, said, “The Shibuya Omotesando Women’s Marathon is a vivid example of the remarkable presence of women in sports. Japanese women themselves have a long record of accomplishment, crowned most recently by their victory in the last FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

Alongside the main race there were several other events going on such as a 1 km family run and 1 km and 2 km kids’ runs.

The main women’s course ran through the Shibuya area where there are restaurants, clubs, shops, event venues and more and lots of people enjoyed the race. Halfway through the run the athletes passed through the Omotesando area, the center of high fashion known as the “Champs-Elysees of Tokyo”.

The Shibuya Omotesando Women’s Run furthered the Japanese reputation for promoting women’s sports. Starting in 1979, the Tokyo International Women's Marathon, was the first sanctioned women’s marathon by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF).

Over 15,000 runners are set to take part in the Nagoya Women’s Marathon next Sunday.

The Japanese NOC also strives to keep the number of women athletes high and for the last Olympiad in Beijing in 2008, the participation rate was one of the highest at 49.7%.

Tokyo is bidding against Baku, Doha, Istanbul, and Madrid to host the 2020 summer Games. The final vote will take place in September 2013 at the IOC session in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


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