Tokyo Marathon 2018

Tokyo Marathon

Tokyo Marathon 2018 東京マラソン

Sunday morning in Tokyo was Tokyo Marathon time again. This was the 11th Tokyo Marathon, which began in 2007.

Runners at the Tokyo Marathon 2018, Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan.
Man and Superman, Tokyo Marathon (2018)

Weather

Like most Tokyo Marathons, the weather wasn’t great, being overcast. But, also unlike most Tokyo Marathons, it didn’t rain, which was a blessing for all involved, both runners and spectators.

Mickey Mouse spectator and runners at the Tokyo Marathon 2018, Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan.
The rat race, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

Winners

This year’s winner was Kenya’s Dickson Chumba, who also won in 2014, and, with a time of 2:05.30, shaved 12 seconds off his last win.

Seiko time keeping and runners at the Tokyo Marathon 2018, Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan.
Clowning around at the 25km mark, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

The fastest woman was Birhane Dibaba, of Ethiopia, who had a time of 2:19:51.

Supporters at the Tokyo Marathon 2018, Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan.
The serious business of looking silly, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

Asakusabashi

I was in Asakusabashi (with its local Freshness Burger branch that’s a haunt of mine) in late morning to watch the show. The cheering crowds are often as spectator-worthy as the runners in a variety of fancy dress costumes themselves, so my camera took in both.

Supporters at the Tokyo Marathon 2018, Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan.
Cheering their heads off, Tokyo Marathon, 2018

The race goes down Edo-dori Avenue, that runs through Asakusabashi. And the nearest side street to where we live was an example of traffic control overkill that I’d never witnessed before. Meaning it was blocked off by a massive container truck!

Supporters at the Tokyo Marathon 2018, Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan.
Initial impression, 2018 Tokyo Marathon

Tokyo Marathon 2018 Photos

Enjoy these shots of the 2018 Tokyo Marathon as it happened at Asakusabashi in the heart of the capital.

Participants in the Tokyo Marathon 2018, Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan.
Sunday garb, Tokyo Marathon 2018

 

Heavy duty road block in Yanagibashi, Tokyo Marathon 2018, Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan.
No parking on side of street, Tokyo Marathon 2018

 

Runners at the Tokyo Marathon 2018, Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan.
Spotty performance, Tokyo Marathon 2018

 

Runner at the Tokyo Marathon 2018, Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan.
Charity, Tokyo Marathon 2018

 

Runners at the Tokyo Marathon 2018, Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan.
There’s Wally – at the Tokyo Marathon 2018

 

Costumed runners at the Tokyo Marathon 2018, Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan.
Starving crowds pursue fleeing cake, Tokyo Marathon 2018

 

Costumed runners at the Tokyo Marathon 2018, Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan.
Wild about winning at the 2018 version of the Tokyo Marathon

 

Group of officials at the Tokyo Marathon 2018, Asakusabashi, Tokyo, Japan.
Streetside business, Tokyo Marathon
Thousands of people take part in the Tokyo Marathon. Watching the participants makes it pretty clear why they are taking part. The winners are professionals, in it to prove their athletic prowess. After that, “ordinary” people proving the effects of a personal fitness regime and affirming health is probably the biggest motivator. But the proliferation of costumes makes it clear that for most people – participants and spectators – fun is the biggest element.
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