October 29, 2015,10:50 +0900(JST) The Osaka Marathon 2015
On October 25, the 5th Osaka Marathon took place. The weather was fine and chilly. At 8:55 a.m., the wheelchair marathon started from the front of the Osaka-jo Castle Park, then at 9:00 a.m., a short course race, the marathon challenge run started. More than 32,000 athletes, which is the largest participant number of this event, started running toward the goal at Intex Osaka.
After seeing them off at the starting point, I went on ahead to the finish line to receive them. The first finisher was Mr. Hiroki Nishida for the wheelchair marathon with a meet record of 1 hour 27 minutes. This is his second victory of the meet for two years in a row. For the men's full marathon Mr. Daniel Kosgei of Kenya won his first victory of the meet. I hear that Kenyan runners have dominated any races except the 2nd Osaka Marathon. It's typical of "Kenya, the master of long-distance running." For women's, Ms. Maryna Damantsevich of Belarus won for two years in a row with a meet record.
I cheered for runners just in front of the finish line.
After that, amateur runners in a wide variety of colorful costumes reached the finish line one after another. This year Mr. Jimmy Onishi, a Japanese painter and comedian, assumed a goodwill ambassador and joined the marathon. For him this is the first try of running a marathon. As I congratulated him for his succeeding in completing the marathon, he said "This will be the last marathon for me." So I said to him, "Come on! Please come again next year!"
This event is supported by many people such as runners, volunteers, event-related staff, and supporters who cheered for the runners along the course (I hear that the event gathered 1.32 million spectators this year!). It makes me feel that the Osaka Marathon has now become an invigorating event of Osaka in autumn. As for the "charity program," which is a major characteristic of the meet, the amount of contribution-raised money thankfully increases year by year. This year over 120 million yen had already been donated before the event, which exceeded that of last year.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for your support given to all of these things.
With Sumitomo Electric staff members who finished the race and their families.