History
Ekiden in Japan 'Eki' means' station, stage, and "den" transmit ". In the Edo period (1603-1867), messengers on foot traveled the Tokaido road between Edo (old name for Tokyo) and the former imperial capital Kyoto, located 500 km further south through Atami, Shizuoka located at southern foot of Mt Fuji, Hamamatsu, Nagoya. These emissaries of the Tokugawa Shogun and ran between each relay on this mythical route Tokaido, popularized in the mid-nineteenth century by a series of drawings of Hiroshige "The 53 stages of Tokaido". This road is now the Tokaido Highway No. 1, just the equivalent of our National 7. It continues after Kyoto to Osaka, Kobe, Okayama and Hiroshima over 1100 km south of Tokyo. Today messages are transported by post, telephone or Internet, and travelers using the pressed Tokaido Shinkansen linking Tokyo since 1964 in Kyoto in just 2 hours. But the tradition remained, and early twentieth century, students had the idea to measure as part of a team sporting event played at the beginning of each year. So for over 80 years, 1 and 2 January, runs the Tokyo-Hakone Ekiden, Tokyo to Hakone on the first day (107.2 km) and on the return journey the next day (109.2 km). From Tokyo to Hakone via Kawasaki, Yokohama, Fujisawa, Chigasaki and Odawara, over 3 million enthusiastic spectators will encourage athletes to be selected for which this race is a great honor. The riders are students of the largest Japanese universities and schools for the conquest of the trophy is a major objective that goes beyond the sporting context. Each of the five torchbearers will travel about a half-marathon before transmitting the relay scarf (the colors of his school) he wears around his torso to his comrade. The race was difficult because there are some two dozen teams competing from the start and the riders are found singly or in very small group, and for some the race is like a real against the clock running more than 19 km / h average. Riders give the maximum of their possibilities, and once they finished their relays are warmed, massaged and then they go to rest because the next day they will reverse the route on the relay that they have just run. Spectators gathered along the route waving flags with the colors of their favorite team or those of the sponsor of the event (Asahi Beer) and encourage each competitor shouting "Gambat, Gambat (courage). The last relay is the most difficult because the route leaves the shores of the Pacific to rise sharply towards the mountains of Hakone and the atmosphere on the last ten kilometers is comparable to that known at the ascent of Alpe d'Huez by the riders of the Tour de France, the best seats being occupied from dawn by spectators who came from afar and warm singing, drinking (tea in general, warm sake sometimes) pending the passage of the riders who will be an opportunity to yell encouragement and say, demonstrative.
History
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