I sometimes wrote about the Ehime Marathon in my blog, which has been held in my hometown for 50 years. It had been only for professional or semi-professional athletes for a long time, but now it is open to the public. Moreover it's getting more and more popular across Japan. About 8,000 city runners are permitted to join the marathon and the competition rate has been more than double every year recently. The other day, four members of my Lions Club, including me, were drawn to obtain permission to join the marathon. The president of the club is an enthusiastic supporter of the marathon and he instantly established the running club in the Lions Club.
As I attended the regular conference of the Lions Club today, several dozen uniforms, shown below, were prepared for not only the runners, but supporters. Seemingly, several club members will support the runners along the route wearing the same uniform. It's really cool, but I would never be allowed to retire from the race. I have to definitely pursue the completion of the marathon.