The Nagoya Women’s Marathon is happening on Sunday, March 10 and a few of the elite athletes attended the pre-race media conference to share their goals for race day. Gotytom Gebreslase of Ethiopia hopes to break the course record of 2:17:18.

Gebreslase, the 2022 Eugene World Athletics Champion and 2023 Budapest World Athletics Championships silver medallist said, “My goal for Sunday is to run under 2 hours 18 minutes. And if the weather and pacemakers are good, I will try to break the course record of 2:17:18.” Her competitor Eunice Chebichii Chumba of Bahrain, the 2023 Asian Games Champion said, “My preparation has been going well, and my focus will be to improve my personal best of 2:20:02.”

(From left to right) Ayuko SUZUKI, Rika KASEDA, Yuka ANDO, Momoko WATANABE, Hikari OHNISHI, Gotytom GEBRESLASE, and Eunice Chebichii CHUMBA

For Japanese athletes, the Nagoya Women’s Marathon will be the last chance to win a place on the 2024 Paris Olympic Games team by beating the new national record of 2:18:59 just set by Honami Maeda this January. The 2020 Tokyo Olympians Ayuko Suzuki will aim to break the target of 2:18:59 so she can compete in the Olympics again to show what she really can do adding that she was ready to turn the support of the local spectators of her hometown Aichi into strength. Sharing the same goal with Ayuko, Rika Kaseda commented that she had prepared for a high-speed race and would challenge herself to keep up with the pace of other fast athletes to grab the last ticket for Paris 2024.

In addition to these top elite athletes, many recreational runners will join the Nagoya Women’s Marathon 2024 from home and abroad, making it an exciting race with 18,000 participants. All finishers will be presented with an event’s exclusively designed Tiffany & Co. pendant and a New Balance T-shirt as the finisher prize.

Sunday’s race will be streamed live free of charge to 37 countries and regions (Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Kenya, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, and United States of America) on the race’s official website at Stay tuned for the race to start at 9:10 a.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2024, Japan time!

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