The 2021 Nagoya Women’s Marathon ran on Sunday. The World Athletics Platinum Label race is the largest women’s marathon in the world. It is the first mass participation distance race to be held in Japan since the Covid-19 pandemic started. Despite the unfavourable weather conditions with strong winds, a total of 4,704 womenof all abilities took in the race.
The winner was Mizuki Matsuda (JPN), a substitute athlete for Japan’s marathon team for the Tokyo Olympic Games. She ran alone and won for the first time in the time of 2 hours 21 minutes 51 seconds.
A total of 15,000 personnel were involved, including runners, volunteers, medical professionals, race officials and staff. To act in best practice to seek to ensure everyone’s health and safety. The organizers took all possible measures against Covid-19 throughout the event. The organizers said, “Our event would have not been possible without each and everyone’s support and cooperation. It gives us greater joy than anything else that we were able to stage the event, at a time of great challenge for all, with all suitable precautions delivered.”
Alongside the in-person race, a global virtual race, the Nagoya Women’s Online Marathon 2021, also started. The participants of the virtual race may run the race anytime and anywhere before the event ends on April 30, 2021.