November 27, 2015,10:45 +0900(JST) Kansai Regional Corporate Ekiden
On November 15, the 58th Ekiden (long-distance running relay) for Business Corporations in the Kansai Region was held in Ryujin, in Tanabe City, Wakayama. Our athletics club took 4th place and qualified for the All-Japan Men's Corporate Team Ekiden Championships (the New Year Ekiden) to be held on January 1 next year. The team will compete in the Championships for the third consecutive year. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to you all for supporting our team.
Looking back our team results in the past two years in the Ekiden in Ryujin, they finished in the 4th place in 2013 and 2nd place in 2014. Thus, I would be lying if I said that I had not built up certain expectations--This year they can possibly ...? Although I encouraged the team members to aim for the victory before the race, the things didn't go so easy as I had expected. Chance plays a part in every game.
As for the New Year Ekiden, the team finished the race in the 25th place in the past two years. I wish the team members get themselves into good physical and mental condition so that the team could mark the best record in time and rank this time.