When a rest day involves 30,000 steps…! We had a few places to visit in Kyoto and racked up about 4km of walking before heading back towards our starting point and the Miyako Messe.
As expected, the level of organisation at the “Kyoto Marathon Okoshiyasu Welcome Square” was extraordinary. The simple ID check was followed by enthusiastic volunteers handing out the runners’ kit.
Then entry into the sponsors’ zone for a photo and an opportunity to buy more gear from CW-X Wacoal, as worn by Ichiro Suzuki.
Toyota as a major sponsor showed off their Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle (review later). Lots of supplement and sports companies handed out sample bags (with samples of brochures, mostly) before we got off the first floor.
It continued on 3F with more sponsors. Asahi were handing out 0.00% Super Dry (review later), bus and train tickets to the start were for sale and yet more sporting goods. Only the Japan Post display was subdued and silent.
Stalls from the Tohoku region sold arts, crafts and foods from the areas affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. (Runners from those areas can enter the marathon for free.) I bought some things and a pack of persimmons from Fukushima that were dried on the tree to intensify the flavour.
Finally, I picked up a t-shirt at the official goods store. There’s a map on the back, you see.