A small group of Nambanners made their way to Watarase for the inaugural Smile Half Marathon earlier today. Watarase is located in the far north of Saitama where it borders Tochigi, Ibaraki and Gunma prefs. The course is three loops around a large reservoir. It’s a great location — very green and tranquil. It is pancake flat on a good tarmac surface and based on GPS readings is very accurate.