This last weekend was the Tokyo Marathon, one of the “Big Six” worldwide marathons (along with Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City).
I was fortunate enough to be able to run this year’s race (along with 36,000 of my closest friends!). Having not been successful at getting in through the lottery, I entered as a charity sponsor runner and participated on behalf of the Japan Special Olympics organization.
The course starts in Shinjuku, drops down around the Imperial Palace, heads out past the Tokyo Tower to a turn-around in Shinagawa, comes back through Akasaka to Ginza, then it travels out to the Sky Tree in Asakusa, takes a u-turns back to Ginza, and then heads left to the finish at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba.
A very special thanks goes out to the spectators (most notably my family and friends) that provided much needed support and motivation at all the right places along the route…I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate it and how much you helped.