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Marathon vacation in Japan (part 2)

June 30, 2005

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29. First night at Lake Saroma, Hokkaido; view from Green Village hotel room
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30. USA 100K women’s team: Tania, Nikki, Anne, Ann, Anthea, and Karen
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31. USA 100K men’s team: Scott, Patrick, Howard, Mark, and Greg
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32. Men’s team in kimonos: Patrick, Howard, Mark, Scott, team leader Tim Yanacheck, and Greg
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33. Banquet hall at opening ceremonies; Greg and Scott decipher the Pocari Sweat nutrition label
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34. Team members and support crews meander around before the parade
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35. Howard’s friend Tak tries to get the team ready for a photo
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36. Team USA during parade
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37. Less than an hour until the start of the race
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38. Is this lace tight enough to last 62.1 miles?
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39. Nikki and Karen with Karen’s husband Stan and daughter Madison (asleep on ground)
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40. Runners line up as Deborah escapes
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41. Seconds before the start
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42. The start: Tania (USA) and Glen Redpath (Canada)
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43. Early miles: Patrick, Scott, Howard, and some foreigners
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44. Early miles: Greg, Mark, a friendly British guy named Matt (#810), et al.
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45. Early miles: Nikki
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46. Greg at 80K, assisted by Colin, Liz (handing out Gu), and Lion, Mike, and Tak (with sponges)
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47. Patrick finishes
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48. Greg, immediately after finishing
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49. Extracting the ChampionChip from Greg’s shoe
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50. Nikki finishes
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51. Tania, triumphant
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52. Ann finishes
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53. Anthea finishes
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54. Greg’s wicked blood blister
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55. Giant moth found in our hotel
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56. Green Village hotel exterior
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57. Another view of Green Village hotel
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58. Bidding farewell to the rice fields
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