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  1. I've balloted for the 4th consecutive time and finally got lucky too! So I guess we're both 4th time lucky. I'm so excited and happy as its my first WMM. Happy training!
  2. Did the 8km two weeks ago, I was 10min late and was surprised that the barrage was spookily quiet when I arrived, almost thought I went to the wrong place. Then I realised everyone had flagged off and this is the smallest scale fun run I have ever participated (totally surprised again). I managed to catch up with the main group and overtook the last few walkers/runners, but it didnt look like there were more than a few hundreds participants. I'm not sure if it was due to the haze or the hype of fun runs dying down, participation rate really unlike the Star Wars Run I took part in last year. I remember the organisers were still promoting the race when it was very near the event, so probably signup was low. I was glad that the race was not canceled due to the haze but it was quite unpleasant running in the unhealthy haze range that evening.
  3. I did Osaka past two years and this is my third consecutive Osaka marathon. Beast is right about the temperature, its quite comfortable and I believe its nothing like Tokyo marathon. For the past two years it was late November race (only a week apart from this year's edition) and I ran in short sleeves top plus long compression pants, pretty much the same attire as what I would wear for a local race. Of course, we gotta check the temperature nearer to the date and might have to add on a light jacket if weather is rainy on race day.
  4. Oh yah, you're right, I remember starting off the race with the relay people last year. Hmm.. I saw it in the mailer as something new, I guess its the distance that is new, if I'm not wrong the relay was not 12.8km x 4 last year.
  5. Yeah, agree that it is good they are listening to feedback to push back the start time. I do remember the weather got better when it was nearer to 6pm. Something new this year is the team relay? Think they lost some participants due to asics relay last year so they try to make up for it? And they're also going eco friendly this year. "Join us on this eco-friendly journey and use the reusable cups given out at the finish line for your drinks. Take the extra step and choose the opt out option for your bag and t-shirt/singlet." I've thrown/donated the hydration backpack given last year so I guess I dont mind the eco friendly option.
  6. Nice work lonewolf! Well, its really living up to its name of running towards zero waste. ?
  7. Agree with that, I dont mind just having the bib to run and nothing else, too many race tee at home and I find it a hassle to travel to town for REPC. Hopefully they can consider just posting the bib to us, cutting cost further and its more environmentally friendly. Honestly, I have a problem dealing with the freebies in the race pack collected over all these years, feel like its a waste if i just throw them away.
  8. Bridging shuttle service to and from stadium mrt was quite good last year, queue was long at the end of the race but moving fast.
  9. From the poster lonewolf posted up there, its a sunset race. Guess the timing will be like last year, but agree that it was horribly warm last year when the race started around 5-6pm. It was only slightly cooler after total sunset. Race atmosphere was not too bad last year although the venue was GBTB east.
  10. Seems like more last minute sellers than buyers this year..
  11. Until now no news, a bit disappointed as I had taken part in the past two editions. Doesnt make sense to have it on any other dates than 4th May, so i guess it's not happening this year.
  12. Date and new route is out, start and end point will be at Osaka Castle area. The race date is pushed back by another week, 1st of December for the 2019 edition. Check out the new route in this link:
  13. Yep, I definitely hope they will change the course and end at city centre, hopefully race pack collection too. It was a pain heading back to my hotel in Namba as I got injured. Didnt do well this time round but I'm glad I completed. The Japanese are very strict in race execution, a lot of runners were blocked from heading to their start pens as they did not make it before 8.45am. I'm not sure if they started right at the back or what, but there were really a whole lot of them as I was standing right at the junction where they tried to run to their blocks from Osaka castle side. Hoards of runners were just strolling along at first, and 5 min before 8.45am, I could see many of them really running and rushing.
  14. Official photos by allsports are ready for viewing https://allsports.jp/event/00595873.html
  15. That is bad news for me, due to work commitments, I only took part these two years when they pushed it to end November. Weather was cooling and good for running as its very late autumn and early winter (about 10+ degrees). Nevertheless, a new course ending at city area is a good change as the last 5 km or so was pretty much ulu land and Intex Osaka is rather out of the way. I also vaguely remember that the race date for the following year was out on race day last year but this year there was only this huge banner mentioning the change in route. So I guess a change in date might really take place.
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