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2010 As Seen By JRN Readers

JRN's most-read articles of 2010 by month:

January
Toyo University gets the star treatment.Jan. 4
Master shoe craftsman Mimura joins Adidas. - Jan. 13

February
Yoshihisa Hosaka gets world record #3 at Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon. - Feb. 7
Coach Ken Green talks about Jeff Hunt's race-making Beppu-Oita debut. - Feb. 9
"I'm hoping I can be that next chapter in the history books." - Newmade marathoner Jeff Hunt in his own words. - Feb. 10
A tale of two Fujiwaras - Tokyo Marathon 2010. - Feb. 28

March
Arata Fujiwara evaluates the 2010 Tokyo Marathon. - Mar. 2
The 2010 Rome Marathon in pictures. - Mar. 25

April
Yurika Nakamura on the frontlines in Boston. - Apr. 15

May
"I came here to test myself." - Stephen Mayaka on the Kenyan student runner's life. - May 5
Hakone's new star takes first 5000 m win - Taku Fujimoto. - May 24
Iizuka redux: the future king of Japanese sprinting? - May 25
Arata Fujiwara sets Ottawa Marathon course record. - May 30

June
Miss International Queen 2009 to run 100 km 'New Half Marathon.' - June 9

July
Shota Iizuka live up to expectations with first-ever Japanese World Junior 200 m gold. - July 24

August
Marathons maxing out - Tokyo expects applications 10x field limit. - Aug. 4

September
Mitsuoka schools Hakone stars, Nishihara and Takahashi score meet records, Iizuka flat on final day of Japanese University Nationals. - Sept. 12
Osaka and Kobe announce dates of new mass-participation marathons. - Sept. 13
Days shy of 100, Miyazaki targeting triple gold at Masters Championships. - Sept. 16

October
Kaori Yoshida sub-2:30 PB at Chicago Marathon.Oct. 11

November
On his own two feet: Arata Fujiwara faces New York. - Nov. 3
Arata Fujiwara ING New York City Marathon DNF.  - Nov. 8
Freshman Suguru Osako 1:01:47 Jr. national record at 2010 Ageo City Half Marathon. - Nov. 21
Japanese University Select Team takes first-ever International Chiba Ekiden win. - Nov. 23

December
Your 2010 Fukuoka International Marathon viewing guide. - Dec. 3
Murayama 28:23.18 for high school year-leader. - Dec. 4
Fast times depend on pacemakers - inside the strangeness at the Fukuoka International Marathon. - Dec. 12
Kagoshima Jitsugyo takes surprise National High School Boys Ekiden title. - Dec. 27

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