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19th Okinawa Marathon on Sunday

Date Posted: 2011-02-11

The daddy of all marathons winds its way across Okinawa Sunday, with an estimated 11,000+ runners expected to test themselves on the 42.195 kilometer marathon course or on the 10 kilometer course.

Mother Nature is promising to cooperate somewhat on both Saturday, when runners complete registration procedures at Okinawa Prefecture Comprehensive Park, and on Sunday when the 19th annual Okinawa Marathon kicks off at 9 a.m. Temperatures of 63F are expected by midday, but forecasters predict overcast and cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers which could make things a troublesome for runners.

An estimated 11,000 runners are registered to be going for the distance, heading north past Awase and Takahara, then east to Yokatsu Junior High School in Yonashiro, and again north to Agena Intersection and just past Camp McTureous to the midway point at 21.097 kilometers. From there, the course heads south and west past higher elevation Kariyushien, Chibana and Ikento, and onto Kadena Air Base.

The Air Forces 18th Wing will provide support as runners transit the base, entering through Gate 2 and exiting through Gate 5, the 31.2 kilometer point of the run. The two gates will be closed to vehicle traffic from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m. The pedestrian gates are expected to be open to those with authorized base passes. Traffic will be delayed, as marathon runners have priority over vehicles Sunday. Traffic will be controlled by Security forces, with route crosswalks established at Main Street Food Court, USO crosswalk, and at a temporary crosswalk behind the Officers' Club.

From Kadena, the marathon home stretch will bring runners past Yamauchi Junior High School, Kyuyo High School, Yamauchi, Adaniya, Camp Foster and Ishinda. Toguchi Intersection, at the 40.3 kilometer point, will be the final checkpoint of the marathon.

The 10 kilometer race starts at 9:30 a.m., with several thousand runners traveling from Okinawa Prefecture Comprehensive Park along Route 227, making a turn at the five kilometer point near the Nakagusuku Wharf Gate 3 for the return run to the Comprehensive Sports Park.

The 19th annual Okinawa Marathon is sponsored or supported by the Athletic Sport League of Japan, Okinawa Central Municipality Area Office Association, Ryukyu Shimpo, OTV broadcasting, the Okinawa Track and Field Association, the Okinawa Prefecture Parks and Sports Development Society, Prefecture Board of Education, the Prefectural High School Gymnastic Union, Marine Corps Community Services, Kadena Air Base and 60 other organizations.

An Okinawa nutritionist has been offering advice on how to prepare for Sunday's races. Starting today, says Michiko Taba, runners should begin taking pasta, rice or bread in larger quantities than normal, because they accelerate the metabolism and make glycogen absorb easily.

She also recommends taking oranges and grapefruit. Friday and Saturday should be more of the same, but only very light food intake on Sunday morning. Taba says to avoid oily foods on Sunday, and to eat at least three hours before the marathon.

No meat should be consumed on race day, says Taba. Bananas and energy drinks are good, but she cautions not to eat too much. Water should be consumed throughout the race. And to top it off, she says don't eat sweets just before the race; contrary to myths, such foods are not good for sugar levels. After the race, again no meat or oily foods, adds Taba. She says soft foods are best because they're easy on the stomach.

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