Long distance runners set for Kouri Island Magic Hour Run

The race course is nothing short of spectacular as it crosses the longest bridge on Okinawa from Yagaji to Kouri Island.

Registration for the Kouri Island Magic Hour Run in Nakijin Village is now in its final week, and organizers are putting out the word that international contestants for the Half Marathon and the 10km Marathon are wanted.

The races take place Saturday, April 20th, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Nakijin Athletic Park.  The 21.0975km Half Marathon is to be run in three hours, while the 10km Marathon must be competed in 1 hour 28 minutes.  The ¥5,000 entry fee includes operating costs and accident insurance, and runners receive a cotton t-shirt, coupon ticket, certificate and medals for all runners who complete the marathon.

Awards go to the top three men and top three women runners in the Half Marathon, with prizes also being awarded runners in 20 years ~ 70 years age groups.  For the 10km Marathon, awards go to the top three men and top three women.  Applications must be submitted either through the Japan Post Office, with postal money transfer form, or from the Official Internet Site, www.kouri-i.com/magic-hour-run/.

The Kouri Island Magic Hour Executive Office is open Monday ~ Friday 10 a.m. ~ 5 p.m.  (098) 051-5811.  Email queries can be sent to kourirun1833@gmail.com.

The course is set up with cooperation of the people of Kouri Island and Yagaji Island. The last half of the race will be a night race, so runners need to be prepared with their own lighting.