Kimimachi Futatsui Marathon
- Registration Fee: 2500 yen
- Date: Usually during the 3rd weekend in October. 2008 Marathon involves a festival on October 18th followed by actual running on the 19th.
- Where: Futatsui Gym (二ツ井総合体育館) in Noshiro Google Maps (click here)
Marathon is a bit of a misnomer for this running contest. There are 3 lengths of courses available, including the 4k, 10, and half marathon. While hard-core runners are present, the atmosphere is more participatory, and lots of students take part in the run. There's even a partner race, where a parent and child run together. Even if you're not a runner, it's fun to come out and get a feel for the small town festival vibe and cheer everyone on.
The pre-marathon festival includes activities like mochi-pounding, yosakoi, and taiko. Saturday activities are held from 10am to 5pm, Sunday activities are held from 8am to 3:30 pm.
Same day registration is allowed in the gym.