COVID-19 in Japan: Marathon Running on App

By | April 7, 2020

The organizers of the annual marathon in Nagoya city (Japan) have made a special organization plan without having to gather in large numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As planned, the Nagoya marathon for women and the Nagoya City marathon will take place on March 8, attracting about 20,000 participants. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 across the country, the organizers were forced to cancel both tournaments.
In order to reduce the frustration of the athletes, but still ensure the health and safety for everyone, the organizers offer a plan to organize the creative prize without having to gather in large numbers to avoid the spread of COVID. -19. Accordingly, they created two applications that allow the athletes alone to complete the distance of 142.95 km through online tracking.

Instead of running on a predetermined route, athletes can choose any venue they want, as long as they maintain an appropriate social distance. The above official insisted. Runners are not allowed to run in groups.

Two applications are given by the organizers: one for those who want to finish the race in one run and the other allows participants to extend the running time for several days. Runners must complete the run between March 8 and May 31. The app will help measure and confirm their achievement.

The COVID-19 pandemic broke out, leading to a series of canceled sporting events in Japan, including the Tokyo Marathon, one of the six largest running events in the world, under the World Marathon Majors system, in addition to Boston, New York, Chicago, London and Berlin. The organizers have canceled the registration of 38,000 amateur athletes, which are scheduled to take place on March 1. Although no refunds will be issued after the event is canceled, they will have slots for the 2021 Marathon.

Even the largest sports festival on the Olympic Games in Tokyo has to be postponed to 2021. To host the Olympics, Japan has to spend about 13 billion USD. After having to postpone the calendar a year due to the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the country is expected to spend another $ 3 billion.