At a web-based government board assembly on June 30, the KGRR made the choice to open up the October, 2023 Hakone Ekiden Yosenkai qualifying race to universities from throughout the nation in honor of the Hakone Ekiden’s one hundredth operating. The choice offers universities from outdoors the Tokyo-centric Kanto Area the possibility to compete within the Hakone Ekiden centennial version on January 2 and three, 2024 in the event that they make the reduce on the Yosenkai.
The Hakone Ekiden is historically solely open to school males’s groups from inside Kanto. Groups from different components of the nation must meet the identical standards as Kanto Area faculties with the intention to participate within the qualifying race, the minimal of which is presently having at the least 10 athletes with 10,000 m bests beneath 34 minutes at licensed competitions.
There are precedents for universities from elsewhere within the nation to participate. Kansai College competed thrice in Hakone’s early historical past, and on the fortieth operating in 1964 each Ritsumeikan College and Fukuoka College ran. On the eightieth operating in 2004 a Nationwide College Choose Group made up of high collegiate athletes from throughout the nation took half.
Together with the choice to go nationwide, it was additionally determined to not have a Kanto Area College Choose Group for the one hundredth operating. No choices had been made concerning the a hundred and first operating and past. KGRR government Masahito Ueda commented, “All the best way again to the primary operating, there was initially no intention of the Hakone Ekiden being restricted to Kanto. I might wish to revisit that start line and take this chance to re-examine the Hakone Ekiden.”
Translator’s observe: No signal of the actually progressive step of getting a college ladies’s division on the one hundredth Hakone Ekiden being taken.
translated by Brett Larner