Three Record-Setters Face Off for Hakone Ekiden Glory: by Brett Larner It's almost time for Japan's biggest a...

It's almost time for Japan's biggest and best sports event, the Jan. 2-3 Hakone Ekiden , the Kanto region university men's championships. It seems like every year I've come on here and said, "This is going to be the greatest Hakone ever," but it's true. Things have been accelerating very rapidly in Kanto collegiate distance running. There have been course records at Hakone the last two years, and this fall the other two Big Three University Ekidens, the Izumo Ekiden and National University Ekiden Championships, also saw course records. Two years ago 15 athletes in Hakone's field had bests at the sub-13:40, sub-28:30 and sub-1:03:00 level. Last year there were 19. This year there are 32, from 15 of the 20 schools in the field. Where is it going to end? The battle between the three course record-setting schools this year, Toyo University , Komazawa University and Aoyama Gaku...

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