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Japanese half-marathon sees a jaw-dropping 360-plus runners break 1:10

A Japanese half-marathon produced some incredible numbers on the weekend including more than 360 runners breaking 1:10. (Photo: @0830Ht via Twitter.)

Ageo City Half-Marathon

A half-marathon in Japan saw an astonishing number of runners break the 1:10 barrier with 197 also breaking the 66-minute mark. More than 360 athletes are believed to have run under 1:10 at the Ageo City Half-Marathon on Sunday, according to results posted by Japan Running News, making it one of the world’s deepest races.

By comparison, Canadians have put up 42 marks below 1:10 in 2016 though some runners have multiple performances. Rob Watson, one of five Canadians to have broken 66 minutes, is the fastest in the half-marathon in 2016 having run 1:03:58 in Houston. Those numbers are per Marathon Canada rankings. Not all runners who ran fast in Ageo, located in eastern Japan, are Japanese.


Rintaro Takeda was the men’s winner running 1:01:59 on Sunday. Japan is popularly known as one of the world’s largest running markets with a very deep population of fast runners. One of the country’s popular events are ekidens, a term for road relay races.

More Ageo City Half-Marathon race numbers

At Sunday’s race, the top two collegiate finishers earned a trip to the NYC Half courtesy of the New York Road Runners. Japan Running News reports that the 361st finisher ran 1:09:57.

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Canadians who follow long-distance running will have their attention focused in on Japan next month as Reid Coolsaet will be running the Fukuoka Marathon. The national marathon record of 2:10:09 was set in Fukuoka by Jerome Drayton in 1975 and is one of the few longstanding records of more than two decades remaining in Canadian athletics. He has held the record since 1969.

RELATED: Two-time Olympian Reid Coolsaet to run the 2016 Fukuoka Marathon.

The women’s race is believed to have had a less deep field compared to the men’s race. The women’s winner, Asumi Kato, 18, ran the half-marathon in 1:16:55.

Finish line video

As can be seen in the above video, the amount of runners who cross the line minutes back of the winner is a constant stream. The field is deepest around the 65-minute mark of the race, approximately three minutes behind the winner. You can see the full results here.