”You don’t have to worry about your speed, this is just for fun.” – Bob Poulson, pre-race email… Bob P, who kindly organised this fun charity event in Odaiba held on 1st October, described this event prior to race day
Yes, you read right. As the name suggests, it is a Racecourse meant for horses. This rather offbeat event takes place in Urawa, Saitama prefecture – home of the popular J-League football team Urawa Reds.
It all started two years ago, back in June 2014 almost immediately after I crossed the finish line of the same race in 8:58 placing 15th overall. It was my first 100k. It was the hardest race of my life
“Life is a Marathon” or so the phrase goes. I’d like to redefine this. After taking part in a 100km race, I am more convinced that “Life is an Ultra Marathon”.
This well organised spring race was held for the second time after a big success last year. However, its popularity meant that word had spread and the entry for this year’s event closed within just 20 minutes of being online!
“Too fast!” I muttered after glancing at my watch for the 3rd km… which read 4m 07s. It was also the case with the previous kilometre… I was aiming for a 4m12/km even pace throughout. Actually, honestly thought it was