This year was the last year as since we amalgamated Matsumoto doesn't want to support it anymore.
Ironically, the problem was that the event is too popular and takes too much work to put on.
A couple of years ago K ran the 21k half marathon and Meg and Amy and I went to watch him.
Ever since Meg has been saying that one day she was going to run.
I'm sure the whole school getting in a bit of a funrun frenzy every October doesn't hurt either, hey?
So, it being the last chance and all we registered.
Not in the half marathon.
We're not that crazy fit- or crazy!
We entered the incredibly tame 2km run.
And despite Meg falling over a kid who fell over when his shoe came off and Amy our little sprinter having had enough already at the 800m mark we did really well.
Yeah! We finished!
Finish line picture with our automatically generated ultra hightech certificate. It was really cool. I had a plastic chip thingy on my bib and it beeped as we went through the finish line and by the time we walked the 5m to the tent they were printing out our personalised certificate.
After the run K and Amy lined up for a bowl of rice with a raw egg on top.
I did not.
I did line up for apple juice and pork and veggie soup though.
Everything was all you can eat/ drink and all of it was free.
There was more action at the food tents than on the track!
Amy had a bowl of soup, a bowl of egg and rice, two glasses of apple juice and a bottle of ultra-creamy milk. The perfect post-run pick-me-up, right?
Meg at the egg and rice stall.
It was a lot of fun and I'm kicking myself we didn't run before.
And that Matsumoto city wasn't petitioned into keeping it!