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Tokyo: Why did you decide to run the Tokyo Marathon?

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Mark Buckton caught up with some of the runners in a sweaty state after Sunday’s big race.

Beofra Butler
U.S. military, 41 (American)
Because I live in Korea, traveling to do the Tokyo Marathon is easy. I heard it was a wonderful race, so I thought I would take advantage and come over. Today is my 32nd marathon. My next will be in Boston.

Francisco Morelos
Marketing, 35 (Mexican)
I am planning to run all the major marathons, and Tokyo is one of them. Last year I did Chicago, so Tokyo is my second. It is amazing here, friendly people and a great course — a great run.

Sarah Costeira
Consulate staff, 24 (French)
This is my first marathon, and I trained and have run today with my friends just for the challenge of doing it. Unfortunately we got separated during the race so I am looking for them now. My next will be in Bintan (in Indonesia).

Sandy Santos
Staff nurse, 33 (Filipino)
I joined the run today because I want to do the major marathons, and it is also something that makes me healthy. Also, it is close to my home in the Philippines even though now I live and work in Ireland.

Henry Kelly (right)
Sales, 32 (English)
For me it is a good way to be able to see my brother (Alex, left) and best friend (Oliver, center). They are both based in Hong Kong, so running the marathon can help bring family and friends together.

Harumi Kanbayashi
Lady of leisure, 48 (Japanese)
It is my third time to do the Tokyo Marathon. I really enjoy it and I live in Saitama, so it’s not far. I wanted to be Cinderella today, but instead I came as Snow White. I’m an Asian beauty, even if my hair is messy now.

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