- Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon
Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon
Marugame Stadium is the start and finishing point of the race
Date Early February Location Marugame, Japan Event type Road Distance Half marathon Established 1947 Official site Marugame Half Marathon
The Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon (香川丸亀ハーフマラソン Kagawa Marugame Hāfu Marason ) is an annual road running competition which takes place in early February in Marugame, Japan. It currently holds IAAF Silver Label Road Race status and the professional races attract over 1000 entries each year.
The race in Marugame was first held in 1947 as a full-length marathon, known as the Kagawa Marathon. A companion 20 km race began in 1949 in addition to the scheduled marathon. The course lengths were gradually reduced over time: the main race lasted as a full marathon until 1961 when a 35 km race was held and the shorter race became a 10 km competition. The main race was again shortened in 1971, being reduced to a 20 km race. The competitions were known as the Kagawa Road Races until 1997, when the main race was slightly extended to the half marathon distance and the competition received its current moniker.
Competitors in the professional races are largely Japanese athletes, supplemented by African athletes based in the country. In addition, a small number of foreign athletes are invited to compete each year. The level of competition is strong: Kenyan runner Mekubo Mogusu recorded a sub-60 minute time in 2007 for the men's course record (59:48), while the women's course record of 1:07:26, set by Kayoko Fukushi in 2006, is the Asian record for the half marathon. The course is AIMS-certified making performances at the course eligible for national and world records.
The course of the half marathon is largely linear, beginning at the Marugame Stadium and heading eastwards before abruptly looping back to follow the same path back towards the finish point within the stadium.
Key: Marathon 35 km 20 km
Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) 1st 1947 Toshio Fuke (JPN) 2:47:30 2nd 1948 Toshio Fuke (JPN) 2:39:54 3rd 1949 Giichi Noda (JPN) 2:40:08 4th 1950 Toshio Fuke (JPN) 2:39:21 5th 1951 Toshio Fuke (JPN) 2:39:41 6th 1952 Giichi Noda (JPN) 2:37:27 7th 1953 Fumio Kuramoto (JPN) 2:49:16 8th 1954 Giichi Noda (JPN) 2:35:08 — 1955 Not held — 9th 1956 Matsuichi Murakami (JPN) 2:54:56 10th 1957 Hideaki Nagai (JPN) 3:15:20 11th 1958 Muneyuki Maekawa (JPN) 3:00:54 12th 1959 Takayoshi Yokoi (JPN) 2:44:02 13th 1960 Takayoshi Yokoi (JPN) 2:45:43 14th 1961 Yukio Kimura (JPN) 2:12:18 15th 1962 Kazuo Tanisawa (JPN) 2:09:13 16th 1963 Yukio Kimura (JPN) 2:09:53 17th 1964 Ryuji Kobayashi (JPN) 2:03:43 18th 1965 Sumio Kohama (JPN) 2:01:47 19th 1966 Tsutomu Tsunei (JPN) 2:02:02 20th 1967 Kazuo Tanisawa (JPN) 2:01:57 — 1968 Not held — 21st 1969 Iwao Hamamoto (JPN) 1:55:15 22nd 1970 Iwao Hamamoto (JPN) 1:56:55 23rd 1971 Noboru Miyatake (JPN) 1:05:59 24th 1972 Yoshimitsu Nakamura (JPN) 1:07:06 25th 1973 Masatomo Seki (JPN) 1:08:50 26th 1974 Hiroshi Yamaguchi (JPN) 1:08:03 27th 1975 Masatomo Seki (JPN) 1:08:44 28th 1976 Masakazu Ichimura (JPN) 1:07:42 29th 1977 Masahiro Takebayashi (JPN) 1:06:23 30th 1978 Masahiro Takebayashi (JPN) 1:04:26 31st 1979 Masahiro Takebayashi (JPN) 1:04:43 32nd 1980 Masahiro Takebayashi (JPN) 1:03:53 33rd 1981 Masahiro Takebayashi (JPN) 1:03:45 34th 1982 Sachi Utsunomiya (JPN) 1:04:09 35th 1983 Toshihiko Sasaki (JPN) 1:08:33 36th 1984 Yasumasa Takagi (JPN) 1:04:57 37th 1985 Shoji Nakanishi (JPN) 1:05:33 38th 1986 Masahiro Takebayashi (JPN) 1:05:11 39th 1987 Masahiro Takebayashi (JPN) 1:04:45 40th 1988 Shoji Nakanishi (JPN) 1:08:19 41st 1989 Masahiro Takebayashi (JPN) 1:06:34 42nd 1990 Masahiro Takebayashi (JPN) 1:06:16 43rd 1991 Minoru Kishimoto (JPN) 1:02:21 44th 1992 Masahiro Takebayashi (JPN) 1:08:30 45th 1993 Hiroshi Fujisawa (JPN) 1:04:09 46th 1994 Masayuki Arakawa (JPN) 1:08:11 47th 1995 Masayuki Arakawa (JPN) 1:05:36 48th 1996 Yoshihiro Hiramori (JPN) 1:04:20
Key: Course record
Edition Year Men's winner Time (h:m:s) Women's winner Time (h:m:s) 49th 1997 Yoshihiro Hiramori (JPN) 1:09:01 Not held — 50th 1998 Yoshihiro Hiramori (JPN) 1:09:00 Not held — 51st 1999 Daisuke Matsubara (JPN) 1:08:02 Not held — 52nd 2000 Kazuhito Yokota (JPN) 1:02:59 Rie Ueno (JPN) 1:09:57 53rd 2001 Hidemori Noguchi (JPN) 1:02:28 Ikumi Nagayama (JPN) 1:09:28 54th 2002 Laban Kagika (KEN) 1:01:43 Mari Ozaki (JPN) 1:09:33 55th 2003 Zakayo Ngatho (KEN) 1:00:21 Yasuko Hashimoto (JPN) 1:09:32 56th 2004 Pharis Kimani (KEN) 1:01:55 Yasuko Hashimoto (JPN) 1:10:46 57th 2005 Laban Kagika (KEN) 1:01:36 Takako Kotorida (JPN) 1:09:34 58th 2006 Takayuki Matsumiya (JPN) 1:02:13 Kayoko Fukushi (JPN) 1:07:26 AR 59th 2007 Mekubo Mogusu (KEN) 59:48 Kayoko Fukushi (JPN) 1:08:00 60th 2008 Harun Njoroge Mbugua (KEN) 1:01:35 Philes Ongori (KEN) 1:07:57 61st 2009 Mekubo Mogusu (KEN) 1:00:37 Mara Yamauchi (ENG) 1:08:29 62nd 2010 Daniel Gitau (KEN) 1:01:08 Nikki Chapple (AUS) 1:08:37 63rd 2011 Samuel Ndungu (KEN) 1:00:55 Kayoko Fukushi (JPN) 1:09:00
- Note: All statistics apply to international half marathon only
Winners by country
Country Men's race Women's race Total Japan 6 9 15 Kenya 9 1 10 England 0 1 1 Australia 0 1 1
Athlete Country Wins Years Yoshihiro Hiramori Japan 2 1997, 1998 Laban Kagika Kenya 2 2002, 2005 Yasuko Hashimoto Japan 2 2003, 2004 Kayoko Fukushi Japan 2 2006, 2007, 2011 Mekubo Mogusu Kenya 2 2007, 2009
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- ^ AIMS Race Directory. AIMS. Retrieved on 2010-02-07.
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- Official website (Japanese)
IAAF Silver Label Road RacesOsaka International Ladies Marathon • Beppu-Ōita Marathon • Kagawa Marugame Half Marathon • RAK Half Marathon • Nagoya International Women's Marathon • Rotterdam Marathon • Madrid Marathon • Yangzhou Half Marathon • Ottawa 10K Road Race • Ottawa Marathon • Freihofer's Run for Women • Metro Men's Race 10km • Amsterdam Marathon • Gyeongju International Marathon • Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon • Toronto Waterfront Marathon • Chuncheon Men's Marathon • Venice Marathon • Marseille-Cassis Classique Internationale • JoongAng Seoul Marathon • Turin Marathon • Yokohama Women's Marathon • Singapore Marathon • San Silvestre Vallecana
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