Tuesday, January 02, 2007

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".


At 11:36 PM, Blogger Dsole said...

Here in Madrid there is a marathon every year called "San Silvestre" on December 31th along the city-center. It's so hard it's so cold in the street and they only wear this little clothes..
Happy new year from Madrid!

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At 11:43 PM, Blogger Carlos said...

Happy New Year, macky. Nothing like some sports to enter 2007 and burn those extra pounds of fat we got during past celebrations.

At 11:52 PM, Blogger Aurelia said...

Happy new year from Nantes!
I've already heard of hakone in "samourai champloo" was it the same place?

At 1:43 AM, Blogger edwin s said...

I think marathons are exciting. I did one once. I was so tired at the end of the day.

At 3:58 AM, Blogger Annie said...

Hi Macky, This is a nice picture to look at and to think about. I think I will walk rather than run.

At 6:24 AM, Blogger Marie-José said...

Marathon = running every day !!!
Thanks for this nice shot.
Happy new year !

At 6:37 AM, Blogger macky said...

It sounds cold... By the way, I've heard that people in Spain eat grapes at New Year's Eve. Is it true?
I have eaten too much at New Year Day. I need to do some sports:-)
Is it the cartoon about samurai? I think it is the same place. Hakone is in Tokaido, the road connecting between Tokyo and Kyoto and the Hakone Pass is one of toughest ones.
edwin s:
You did marathon once! Oh, very great!! I often do jogging but it is too hard to do full marathon.
Me too. But I need to do jogging...
You do running every day? Very healthy!


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