POSTED: March 3rd 2013
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4,000 participate in the annual Tokyo All-Womens Run

The annual run passed through the Shibuya district among others / Tokyo 2020
The annual run passed through the Shibuya district among others / Tokyo 2020

Hiromi Miyake, London 2012 Olympic silver medallist in Weightlifting, participated / Tokyo 2020
Hiromi Miyake, London 2012 Olympic silver medallist in Weightlifting, participated / Tokyo 2020

CHAD WISE / Sports Features Communications

March 3 – The annual 10-kilometre Shibuya Omotesando Women’s Run attracted more than 4,000 runners in Tokyo’s fashionable Shibuya and Omotesando districts today. London 2012 Olympic weightlifting silver medallist Hiromi Miyake competed in the one-kilometre family run and handed out prizes to children who participated in the event.

Runners ran along Yoyogi Park, which surrounds the Meiji Shrine, built to commemorate a popular Japanese emperor. The park area was also used as the Olympic and Paralympic Village during the Tokyo 1964 Games.

Planned to host Handball and Wheelchair Rugby in the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020, the famous Yoyogi National Stadium was another site along the 10-kilometre course.

The course started in Shibuya, a popular meeting spot and centre for trend-setting fashion. Omotesando served as the halfway point of the course.

“The Shibuya Omotesando Women’s Marathon is a vivid example of the remarkable presence of women in sport,” IOC Member and President of the Japanese Olympic Committee and Tokyo 2020 Tsunekazu Takeda said. “Regardless of gender, all athletes hold a special status in our country. The JOC celebrates the equal presence of women and men in the international sport community.”

Some of Japan’s accomplished Olympic athletes includes Kinue Hitomi, the first Asian woman to participate in the Olympic at the Amsterdam 1928 Games. Tokyo’s International Women’s Marathon was the first women’s marathon sanctioned by the International Amateur Athletic Federation back in 1979.


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