Ethiopia sweeps Chiba Ekiden

November 24, 2008

Ethiopia, who won the men’s race five times and women’s race three time, won the 2008 International Chiba Ekiden in 2:05:27. It was a course record for the mixed gender race, which was inaugurated last year.

13 teams from 11 countries contested the 20th edition of the Ekiden which was contested today, a national holiday. Since last year, the race which is contested over six stages totaling the marathon distance of 42.195Km, has been run as a mixed gender race. The first 5Km stage, third 10Km stage, and fifth 10Km stage are reserved as men’s stages, while 5Km second stage, 5Km fourth stage and 7.195Km sixth and final stage are reserved for women.  –More–