On Friday early morning for central europe there will be in Japan "International Chiba Ekiden", a relay on marathon considered very important and well known all around the world being partecipate from nation-teams from many nations.

LIVESTREAMING: race will be broadcasted by local Fuji-Tv and to see japanes tv is necessary to install a little sofware named KeyholeTv that u can find HERE . I have it on my pc and i can say it works really good without giving problems.HERE other important instructions to read and follow about this software.

TIMETABLE:RACE will start few minutes after 1pm local in Japan and is predicted to finish at 3.25pm local (time calculated by tv-production).
let's see some times around the world:
-GMT: start at 4am till 6.25am.
-CET:  start at 5am till 7.25am
-ET:     start at 11pm till 1.25 am (through thursday and friday)
-PT:     start at 9pm till 11.25pm (thursday night)

COURSE: HERE a detailed map of the course

HISTORIC VIDEOS:at this LINK a collection of many videos of "international chiba ekiden " in last years.


International Chiba Ekiden 2012

Kenya is an incredible strong team.Longosiwa opening will not be easy for anyone against him...olympic bronze medal on 5k.He will change with Gladys Cherono very improved this year in half...then Edwin Soi who will begin right from Chiba the revenge of a sesason not so brilliant for a talent as him.Last two women for kenyans are impressive as Priscah Jeptoo and Joyce Chepkirui .Jeptoo has two silver medals very important in last olympics and in last world champs in marathon and a pb as 2h20'14 realized this spring at LondonMarathon.Chepkirui is still not a marathoner but as an amazing 67'03 on half this spring in Prague!!A special mention to Philip Mosima:12.53 in 1996 on 5k and 7.35 on 3k...a fantastic talent too early disappeared and only this year came finally back at 35 years old!!

Against kenians i see United States as a good and solid team with the big name Galen Rupp at the first race.It could be the leader of this young and promising team.
Don't forget russians with a good team and some very well athletes as the woman Zadorozhnaia.
3 japanese teams could be the surprise of the day but for details about them check the preview of JapanRunningNews.