by Brett Larner
The 2012 National Jitsugyodan Half Marathon Championships take place this Sunday in Yamaguchi. Cancelled last year following the Tohoku disasters, this year's race is the first selection race for the Japanese team for this fall's World Half Marathon Championships and also features the addition of a women's road 10 km division. The elite fields are among the deepest of any Japanese road race, including sub-61 Kenyans Jacob Wanjuki (Team Aichi Seiko) and James Mwangi (Team NTN), five Japanese men with sub-62 PBs, the highly-anticipated debut of 20-year-old 27:41 man Chihiro Miyawaki (Team Toyota) and many more. Click here for complete entry lists.
Overseas viewers should be able to watch TBS' broadcast of the race online via Keyhole TV starting at 2:00 p.m. Japan time on Sunday, Mar. 18. Later in the day the National University Women's Half Marathon Championships will also be broadcast on Fuji TV starting at 2:15 a.m. on Mar. 19.
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