The city of Tsukuba is establishing a new event to promote the health of its citizens. Next January 26 (Sun), a marathon course with distances varying from 2 to 5 km is being laid out around Tsukuba University for a number of categories of runners. Beginning with children's divisions, the categories run up through "seniors", which for this purpose is defined as those over 40! (Doesn't that make you feel old?!)
As with the full length Tsukuba Marathon run every November, this citizen's marathon will start in the track and field stadium of the university and end back at the same place. The shorter distance categories will turn around and head back earlier than the longer distances.
Registration is limited to residents of Tsukuba and surrounding communities, and applications are to be mailed by Dec. 25. The categories of runners begins with 3rd and 4th graders running 2 km, 5th and 6th graders running 3 km, middle school, high school and adult, and "shiniya" (senior) divisions running 5 km. Each age group is likewise divided into male and female divisions. There is also a "family marathon" category where a parent and child run a 2 km course together. All children need their parent's permission to participate.
The participation fee is 200 yen for elementary and middle school children, and 500 yen for all other categories, with a parent and child team in the family marathon also being 500 yen. This is payable at the event when participants receive their "zekken" (a racing number worn over one's outer clothing).
Applications should be mailed to the Board of Education office (shakai taiiku ka), 1979 Konda, Tsukuba 305. Check-in for the race begins at 8:30 am, with the main event beginning at 10 am.
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