The new additions arrive, because of the cancelled Nagoya Women's Marathon
The marathon had previously been held every year since 1980.
The race's stacked field puts the course record in jeopardy.
By the 33rd kilometer, it was his race to lose.
The race is a World Championship qualifier.
Regardless of the decline in Japanese runners, they still will spend $100 million on tourism.
Running is now a "cool" thing to do in Japan.
In a country with a tradition of removing footwear, there are surprisingly few barefoot runners.
The marathon-distance relay race was ultimately decided in the fourth leg.
Japan's top marathoner pulled out because of "intense abdominal pain".