2020 Olympics

Tokyo Olympics Marathon Course To Be Measured By End of Year, Test Event Planned – Running Fitness Article

Tokyo Olympics Marathon Course To Be Measured By End of Year, Test Event Planned At a press conference in Sapporo on June 23, the organizing committee of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games announced plans to have the Olympic marathon course in Sapporo measured and certified before the end of the year. The announcement marked a return to preparation for the Olympics, which had been suspended due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.The organizers also plan to stage a test event on…

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JRN’s Ten Most-Read Stories of 2019 – Running Fitness Article

JRN’s Ten Most-Read Stories of 2019 The New Year and Hakone Ekidens were big news among JRN readers as always. But in Japanese long distance, this year was all about the 2020 Olympic marathon, and especially about the Sept. 15 MGC Race, Japan’s first modern attempt at a one-shot Olympic trials format for choosing its Olympic marathon lineup. Five of this year’s ten most-read stories were about the MGC Race, its qualifying races, and about the Olympic marathon itself. The…

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Tokyo Olympics Organizers Announce 2020 Sapporo Olympic Marathon Course – Running Fitness Article

Tokyo Olympics Organizers Announce 2020 Sapporo Olympic Marathon Course On Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee (Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee) finalized the above marathon course for the Games of the 32nd Olympiad (Tokyo 2020) under the approval of World Athletics (WA).Follow the finalization of the course, WA technical delegate and council member Sylvia Barlag commented, “It is always a challenge to create Olympic marathon and race walk courses. They require a balance between the…

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Second Half of Sapporo Olympic Marathon Course to be Two Laps of 10 km Loop – Running Fitness Article

Second Half of Sapporo Olympic Marathon Course to be Two Laps of 10 km Loop Moved from Tokyo to Sapporo, the 2020 Olympic marathon course was fixed Dec. 18 with its previously undetermined second half to consist of two laps of a 10 km loop. World Athletics approved of the plan, which has runners doing laps of the northern half of the 20 km first half of the course. The Olympic Organizing Committee will formally announce the course on Dec.…

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IOC and World Athletics Officials On Sapporo Junket to See Potential Olympic Marathon Course – Running Fitness Article

IOC and World Athletics Officials On Sapporo Junket to See Potential Olympic Marathon Course IOC and World Athletics officials are in Sapporo to see the potential course for next summer’s Tokyo Olympics marathon. On the morning of Dec. 14, a group of around 20 officials from both groups and members of the Olympic Games Organizing Committee visited Odori Park, the designated start and finish point for the marathon. The first 20 km of the course have been set, but the…

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Tokyo Paralympics Marathon Course to Remain Unchanged and In Tokyo – Running Fitness Article

Tokyo Paralympics Marathon Course to Remain Unchanged and In Tokyo A few weeks ago the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games marathons were abruptly moved to Sapporo on a whim by the IOC. The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games marathon, however, will still be held in Tokyo as scheduled on Sept. 6, the final day of the Games. With runners faced by a variety of physical challenges all competing for gold, the Paralympic marathon can be enjoyed from courseside just as much as…

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Sapporo City Council Weighs Proposal for $6.5 Million Supplementary Budget to Resurface 8.7 km Segment of 2020 Olympic Marathon and Race Walk Courses – Running Fitness Article

Sapporo City Council Weighs Proposal for $6.5 Million Supplementary Budget to Resurface 8.7 km Segment of 2020 Olympic Marathon and Race Walk Courses On Dec. 9 the Sapporo City Council heard a proposal for a 700 million yen [~$6.5 million USD] supplementary budget to cover costs of roadwork on the 2020 Olympic race walk course and as yet not fully determined marathon course. 8.7 km of the 10.7 km of the courses under city jurisdiction were judged to need repair…

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No Consensus Reached on Olympic Marathon Course – Running Fitness Article

No Consensus Reached on Olympic Marathon Course The IOC held an executive board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland on Dec. 4. With regard to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics marathons and race walks, which the IOC decreed last month must be moved to north as an effort to combat expected high temperatures, the IOC’s executive board turned down a plan from the Tokyo organizing committee for the marathon to be held on a two-lap course through the Sapporo city center. The board…

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2020 Sapporo Olympic Marathons and Race Walks to be Held With Four-Day Schedule – Running Fitness Article

2020 Sapporo Olympic Marathons and Race Walks to be Held With Four-Day Schedule With the 2020 Tokyo Olympic marathons and race walks having been moved to Sapporo by the IOC, organizers have settled upon a four-day period for the events to be held and are currently in the final stages of settling the exact schedule. The men’s marathon will be held as scheduled on the final day of the Olympic Games, Aug. 9, with the women’s marathon moved from its…

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Fukuoka, Osaka, Kosa and More – Running Fitness Article

Fukuoka, Osaka, Kosa and More The Fukuoka International Marathon is traditionally the main event on the Japanese calendar the first Sunday in December. Internationally its star is fading as Valencia’s rises, but Fukuoka has still managed to pull together the kind of boutique field that has been its signature for decades. Moroccan El Mahjoub Dazza ran 2:05:26 in Valencia two years ago and leads four guys including 2018 European marathon champion Koen Naert (Belgium) under 2:08 plus the debuting Shadrack…

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Ohtawara City Government Plans to Drop Its Two Major Public Events, the Ohtwara Marathon and Yoichi Festival – Running Fitness Article

Ohtawara City Government Plans to Drop Its Two Major Public Events, the Ohtwara Marathon and Yoichi Festival On Nov. 20 it was learned that the Ohtawara municipal government is seriously considering discontinuing two of the city’s major events, the Ohtawara Marathon and the Ohtawara Yoichi Festival. Due to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 Tochigi National Sports Festival the two events are likely to not be held for a period of at least three years, but due to the…

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‘Tokyo Governor Calls for Olympic Races to Remain in Capital and Criticises “Unprecedented” IOC Decision’ – Running Fitness Article

On Oct. 30 it was learned that based on the premise of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics marathons and race walks being moved to Sapporo as a safeguard against hot temperatures, the IAAF and other involved parties have proposed two plans to compress the five events into three days. Both plans call for the men’s and women’s marathons to be held the same day. In the first plan the men’s and women’s 20 km race walks would be held Aug. 7,…

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