Kirinjishi Half Marathon

I participated in Kirinjishi Run in Shin-Onsencho, yesterday.  The town is located about 3 hours drive from Osaka on the Sea of Japan side of Hyogo Prefecture.

This was already the 28th annual race of this town and total of some 3,000 runners participated.

The opening ceremony was held at the local elementary school.

The start of the 3K - mostly children.

Walking to the starting point of our race - Half Marathon.

The route of the run recorded with my Garmin watch.

The award ceremony for the top finishers of women runners.

The dance of Kirinjishi, mystical animals at the closing ceremony.

The entrance to the shotengai in front of Hamasaka Station.

The weather was clear and the temperature went up about 28 degrees Celsius - very hot!

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