Japan Pension Runners

Posted: February 23, 2008 in marathon running

I was looking at the results on last weekends Tokyo Marathon and one 4 hour runner said the greatest agony was not running in the cold weather but was the humiliation of being overtaken by Japenese pensioners!

“I thought I was doing quite well and then there’s some 70-year-old granny I’m just catching up to,” 33-year old bank employee, Jones said.

One runner who wasnt bothered by the pensioners was the winner, Switzerland’s Viktor Roethlin, who powered to victory in two hours, seven minutes and 23 seconds.

Japan has one of the highest life expectacies in the world, at 81 years of age. The number of people over 65 years of age is estimated at 25 million.

The promoters of Tokyo marathon dont just see them as part of 2 million spectators to cheer the marathon runners along Tokyo streets but potential marathon runners.

As our banker runner learnt, this old runners are no push overs. They will beat you in a young man’s game!


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