In May 2017, the Iwate Oshu Kirameki Marathon was held under the special sponsorship of the Tohoku Regional Office. It was the first full marathon event held in Oshu City. The courses (10 km and full marathon) were officially certified by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations. As the elevation range was relatively flat at 20 meters or less, runners hoping to set their personal bests flocked to this race from 44 Japanese prefectures as well as from Taiwan. About 70 runners and 30 volunteers from the Tokyo Electron Group also participated in this event.
The day of the race was hot like a summer’s day, with the temperature going up steeply in the morning to reach 32 degrees Celsius in Esashi City. Despite the heat, our volunteer staff found the experience rewarding. “I was moved by the dedication of the runners,” a volunteer commented, while another who staffed a water station recalled “It was very nice to be thanked by the runners. I will treasure this experience.”