Gwen: “Go WomEN” at the Nagoya Women’s Marathon (2018)
In Travelers, we we ask a few questions to the men and women who have traveled the seas, crossed the finish line, and explored Japan.
How would you introduce yourself?
Hi. I'm a free-spirited girl who spends most of her time creating beautiful motion graphics and rest of her time running or swimming. I believe that if I give my best in what I do, the universe will multiple my efforts.
Which race did you come to Japan for and why did you pick that race?
The Nagoya Women's marathon. For me, the highlight was the Tiffany necklace as a finisher medal.
Was it your first time in Japan and how long did you stay?
This was my second time in Japan. I stayed for 10 days, and I wish I could have stayed longer!
Tell us about the highlight (or two) of your trip.
I love the cleanliness and the culture of the country! Everything is orderly, prim and proper, excellence at its best.
What did you find challenging about your time in Japan?
Haha, it took me quite a while to understand the train system! Oh my goodness, the train map was like looking at blood arteries and veins overlapping one another. The bus system was another story by itself. Also, the entry and exit on buses were opposite to those in Singapore. It's an adventure to travel like a local! (Editor: Entryways and exits on buses actually change by location and bus company throughout Japan!)
Any additional comments?
I had a very good experience racing in Japan. I think racing can be quite stressful, worrying about whether you can get your bags deposited, find the toilets, situate yourself in the right pen, etc. especially in a foreign country. You're running through the city so there isn't much scenery but throughout the 42KM, there were always supporters - tons of them!
The Nagoya Women's Marathon was super well-organised - I simply followed the traffic flow and it brought me right to the race pit. People were nice, and the volunteers made sure I was well taken care of, they even had plastic bags with them for you to throw in your empty gel packets and such. Japan is an excellent country for a "runcation". 5 thumbs up!
At Samurai Sports Japan, we have viewers and participants from all over the world. One thing that unites us all is an interest or passion to compete (or just complete!) in Japan. Whether you're a weekend runner, a die-hard cyclist, or an age group triathlete, many of you are curious about the potential of combining a vacation with participation in a sporting event. Think your racecation is worthy of a mention? Tell us about how you would answer the questions above and give us a holler at firstname.lastname@example.org.