Hakone Ekiden, marathon relay in a new year
Ekiden, a long distance relay race, is popular for watching in Japan and the Hakone Ekiden is especially popular. It is held in 2 and 3 January every year and selected college teams in Japan compete. Each runner have to run over 20 kilo meters and each team, consisted of ten members, have to run over 200 kilo meters.
The sport is not so exciting as football, baseball and basketball, but watching this sport make people re-realize the spirit, one for all" and "all for one".