Himeji, Feb 12 (News On Japan) - A 5km marathon held on Sunday around Himeji Castle was invalidated after organizers forgot to install markers at the half-way turning point, sending runners off course.
In the "Fun Run 5K" segment of the Himeji Castle Marathon event, which was also participated in by Hyogo Prefecture Governor Motohiko Saito, the plan was to place cones at the turnaround point. However, due to a delay in setting up, several runners ended up veering off the designated course.
Consequently, the organizers decided to nullify the results of the 5K event, turning all completed times into references only.
Details regarding the handling of the 3,000 yen participation fee and other specifics will be announced later on the event's official website. This incident has prompted a review of operational procedures to prevent similar issues in future events, ensuring the integrity of the race and the satisfaction of all participants.