19th July 2009
A total of 15 club members took part in the 7th Obuse MiNi marathon. The half marathon saw a record 7,500 runners compete this year. Despite being very overcast when the team left central Nagano at 5am, as the race was about to start at 7:30 the heat of the sun had rapidly burned through most of the protective cloud cover. This made for a tough start as runners made their way into the only real uphill section, between 4-6km. Thankfully after about 40 minutes some clouds re-appeared above the course which helped reduce the temperature, even if just a little.