Nothing stops Tokyo in its tracks like the sight of bare, muscular legs in mid-winter.
Unlike most of the Tokyo Marathons to date, the weather was glorious, albeit frigid. The bright sunny weather drew out hundreds of spectators along the course of the Tokyo Marathon 2013, which was, of course, closed to traffic.
The Tokyo Marathon 2013 had its share of wackiness in the form of oddball costumes, but at heart marathons are serious affairs, and was dominated by African runners, especially from Kenya.
The defending champion was Michael Kipkorir Kipyego of Kenya, but he was beaten by compatriot, Dennis Kipruto Kimetto, who with a time of 2:06:50 was six seconds faster than Kipyego. This time set a Tokyo Marathon record, breaking that set by Swiss runner, Viktor Rothlin, in 2008. Kimetto also won himself USD120,000 for his sterling effort.
The winning women's runner was the Ethiopian Aberu Kebede who beat compatriot Yeshi Esayias into second place with a winning time of 2:25:34. This was six seconds below the Tokyo Marathon women's record set by another Ethiopian woman, Atsede Hbtamu, in 2012.
See a YouTube video of the Tokyo Marathon 2013, brought to you by David of JapanVisitor.com.
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