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Ishigaki Marathon
The Ishigaki Marathon is the southernmost marathon in Japan. With water stops every 2.5 kilometers, relatively few runners, and a nice course, this marathon would be a good one to aim for a PR. There are a lot of ups and downs, but none of the hills are particularly difficult. The time chips are only detected at the finish, so you only get a record of your gun time. However, it should be pretty easy to line up close to the start if you are aiming for a PR. My wife is from Ishigaki, and this was my first race after acquiring Japanese citizenship, so this race holds a special place in my heart. I was happy to see my supporters (Yoko, her mom, and Yoko's aunt and uncle) at the 32K mark. Yoko gave me a sports drink, and her mom waved a Japanese flag. Click on any of the photos below to start the slideshow.
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The Elevation Chart. (Click to enlarge.) As you can see, there are a lot of hills; however, none of them are particularly steep or long. In fact, the variety makes this a relatively easy course to run.

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My Certificate of Completion, with a time of 3:53:34.

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At the 32K mark.

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Crossing the finish line.

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Receiving my completion medal.

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Shortly after finshing.

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With Yoko at the finish.

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My medal and certificate.

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Holding my certificate.

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