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Last year, the first Kanazawa marathon was held in November however the weather was awfully bad, thus it is going to be held in 23th October this year due to the reasons of the other special events in Kanazawa and weather condition and so on. 

So this article provide you up-to-date information about the time checkpoints of the course, the rete completion and also typhoon/ humidity matters in Kanazawa Marathon 2016.

 

Hope these informations will help your preparation and make your best run on that day.

They have changed the running course 

The time checkpoints and the part of the course have changed since this year. 

These graphs show information about the time checkpoints of last year and this year.

    <  2015 .11.15> Start 9:00/ Finish16:00    
  Checkpoint    Distance   Stage distance    The place of checkpoint  Closing time
 1   5.4km     5.4km  Shinmeigu   10:06
 2   8.6km     3.2km Hokkoku bank   10.35
    3-5                                                  None of change
     6   28.2km     5.5km JA Kanazawa    13:42
    7   33.9km  5.7km Hirosaka Ave    14:36
    8   36.3km     2.4km Ishikawa prefectural government building    14:59
 9   38.8km     2.5km Matsumura-machi Ave    15:23
  Finish   42.195km     3.395km Seibu ryokuchi park    16:00
   < 2016 .10.23>  Start 8:50/ Finish 15:50     
  Checkpoint    Distance Stage distance The place of checkpoint  Closing time
      3.8km      3.8km   Shinmeigu    9:40
 2     7.1km      3.3km   Hokkoku bank    10:10
 3-5関門                                     None of change
     6    26.7km      5.6km   JA Kanazawa    13:17
    7    32.5km   5.8km   Hirosaka Ave    14:12
    8    34.8km      2.3km  Ishikawa prefectural  government building    14:34
 9    38.8km      4.0km Matsumura-machi Ave    15:13
  Finish    42.195km      3.395km Seibu ryokuchi park    15:50

The one notable point is that the start point to the first checkpoint have been shorten, which lead the closing time earlier than last year.

 

What is the rate of completion?

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   Classification   Participants  Number of completed runner   Proprtion of completed runner
Men’s full marathon    9,121    8,880   97.36%
Women’s full marathon    2,698    2,597     95.14  %
 Total   11,819   11,447    96.85%

The proportion of completed runner was 96.85% last year, which was remarkably high rate. The temperature was considerably higher than usual though it was rainy day and some people were shivered and got hypothermia.

 

What is the weather this year? Is typhoon coming?

Let’s look at the information of last year.

img via tenki.lp
img via tenki.lp

 If I look at the weather in the end of October last year, the warmest temperature was at 24℃ however the coldest is at 16.6℃ in spite of the sunny day. Moreover, the wind velocity was not recorded over 1-9 (m/s) last year. 

 

In conclusion

Humidity matters and tips for humid run 

Please remember, Kanazawa city is quite humid city in all year. You should drink A LOT of water/sports drink and take a good nutrition the day before.  As George Chiampas, D.O., the medical director of the Chicago Marathon said

Of all the climate measurements we take to assess heat risk for our runners, humidity is the biggest factor…

Humidity makes warm summer runs even more taxing because the higher the moisture content of the air, the hotter it feels.

So again,…

Don’t limit your hydration to water. Go for soda and other fluids

I hope you have the perfect weather this coming Kanazawa marathon and all runners enjoy the day ! 

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