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GUNMA 100KM Walking Event

GUNMA 100KM Walking Event
May 12th 2018

This past weekend ALTRA JAPAN sponsored several races but we will be writing a report about the GUNMA 100KM walking event.

This was GUNMA 100KM’S 8th year hosting the event and the course is the same course as the New Year Ekiden and over 360 challengers would be attempting this event.

The slogan of the GUNMA 100KM is  “Challenge your limits”.

Friday, May 11th, people gathered at the GUNMA Maebashi Meeting Hall for a pre-race all-you-can-eat/drink party. ALTRA also did a try-on demo with the TORIN 3.0 shoes.
Many people were able to try ALTRA shoes for the first time and learn about ALTRA’S  ZERODROP/FOOTSHAPE features. At the party, ALTRA’S ambassador TARO TANAKA from Fukuoka gave a demonstration how to properly tie shoes. When walking 100KM it is important to have your shoes tied properly! 
Guest comedians Ankan Minkan also came to enjoy the party.

They would be doing the walk the following day as well.

After everyone enjoyed the party together, everyone went back home to get their final preparations ready for the next day!

Saturday morning at 9AM the walk started at the GUNMA City Hall.ALTRA AMBASSADOR Taro high-fived everyone as they were off on their 100KM journey!

This year the weather was warm and sunny! Much better than lasts year’s cold/rainy weather!

The 100KM course starts at the City Hall in Maebashi walkers loop counterclockwise to Oota City Hall, east of Maebashi, then heading back to Maebashi.

Course map

There are Aid-Stations every 10KM or so where walkers can refuel with various aid station goodies, take a quick rest and change clothes! 
Walkers continued their journey through the night.

Gunma people love their mascot “Gunma-chan”

Many walkers enjoyed a massage at the 56KM mark late at night!
Early Sunday morning walkers made their way into the finish line! Many fans and staff were there to cheer on the participants!
ALTRA JAPAN was also very happy to see  many participants wearing various models of ALTRA shoes!


Guest Comedians ANKAN MINKAN successfully completed the walk and greeted the remaining finishers at the goal gate.
After the final walkers finished at 1PM, partipants could finally rest/relax.  It was very emotional seeing many participants cross the finish line with tears in their eyes.

Many people took pictures after the race with various mascots and the comedians.
We recommend the GUNMA 100KM to anyone who is looking to challenge them-self while making lifelong friendships along the way. GUNMA people are very hospital and this can be an experience of a lifetime!

If you need help registering for the race, let us know and we can assist in the registration process.
STRIDE LAB-TAMA-CITY
050-1229-1339
info@stridelab.jp

See you next year?!

http://gunma100kmwalk.com/