On a blustery weekend, a Kyoto ambulance trailed the annual Daimonji Ekiden road race.
The race is a major event on the calendar of all elementary school children in the city.
After a long series of qualifying races in the fall, 50 schools run in the big race in early February.
Ten six graders - five girls, five boys - make up a team. Each runner runs about 2 km.
The course wends its through the city, ending near Heian Shrine.
For safety, two policeman on motorcycles lead the procession and an ambulance pulls up the rear.
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