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The Nagoya Women’s Marathon organizers are expecting 22,000 participants for the 2022 edition of their run.

The event, to be held on Sunday, March 13, is the world’s largest women’s only marathon race. The next race will be the first mass participation to take place in Japan since the pandemic was declared.

The course is a flat and fast, spectator-friendly route with approximately 20 turns.

Mizuki Matsuda won the race in 2021. She clocked a 2:21:51 finish time, after leading for most of the race. Her first half split was 70:23.

The 26-year-old’s personal best of 2:21:47 was set in 2020 at the Osaka Marathon.

The course record was set in 2020 by Japanese runner Mao Ichiyama at 2:20:29. Bahraini athlete Eunice Kirwa won the race three times consecutively in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Kirwa set her personal best of 2:21:17 during the 2017 edition at the age of 33. The year prior she earned a silver medal at the Rio Olympic Games clocking a 2:24:13 performance.

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