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Thailand Ocean To Ocean Race – Part 4. Race

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[日本語は下記]

(This article is following my last article.)

Let me write about Thailand Ocean To Ocean Running Race again.

This time, I am writing about our race result.

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Kazumi was there at the start line, with me, at 9:57pm, on DEC5(SAT), at Pacific Ocean at Choomporn, Thailand, heading for Indian Ocean at Ranong, Thailand.

In the past several months, I witnessed her untiring effort in our training.

Now, she had enough “running quality” (technique, knowledge, information) and enough “running quantity” (running mileage, training quantity) to be at the start line.

And, most importantly, she had the “courage” to start this race.

She was ready to complete this 121.5Km race, her first over-100KM race in her life.

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Finally, 20 hours and 6 minutes later, at 6:03pm, on DEC6(SUN), Kazumi completed her 121.5KM run.

The 4th overall position.

The female winner.

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A very difficult race, as we had predicted.

Countless sharp hills. (Kazumi did not walk, for all the first 85KM, the countless sharp hill part of this course. This is thanks to her “running quality” and “running quantity,” which she has achieved in her training.)

Brutal heat. (Especially, heat became extreme, after point 85KM.)

Continuous running, without sleeping.

Kazumi, or many runners, could give up any time.

But, she was hanging in there.

She just focused on her each step.

She never gave up.

Kazumi’s “strong will” and “strong determination” have brought her to the finish line.

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This has become my most memorable race, out of 103 full/ultra marathons in my life.

I have witnessed Kazumi’s greatness, both as a runner and as a person, through running together with her, all the way of 121.5KM, for 20 hours, and through training together for the past several months.

In addition to “running quality” and “running quantity”, the most important final key factor, which brings us success, is our “strong will” and “strong determination.”

This is true in this kind of tough race.

And, this is true in our life, too.

I have learnt this from Kazumi.

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Kazumi has completed a ultra marathon.

She has gone through and has survived the real tough ultra marathon.

She has got the “experience,” which we cannot get from training.

Now, she is not just a ultra marathon finisher.

Kazumi is a ultra marathoner, now.

Kazumi has achieved “courage,” “effort,” “running quality,” “running quantity,” “strong will,” “strong determination” and “experience.”

Now, Kazumi is a proud member of our Thailand 100 Miles Run Club, as a runner, and most importantly, as a person.

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At the goal, meeting wonderful members of Bangkok Japan Fun Runners Club and of Bangkok Runners (Kazumi and I are also members of these two running clubs.)

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Kazumi and I, of Thailand 100 Miles Run Club, would like to give our biggest thanks to;

1. VIBRAM and PRIZE, for giving us wonderful sponsorships
2. ISUZU, for guiding us safely on the road, all the way
3. EMS (Emergency Medical Service), for protecting us, all the way
4. Race Organizer Team, for arranging this most wonderful race
5. All the friends, for sharing their friendship with us
6. Kazumi’s family, especially her husband, G0-san, for encouraging her/us
7. My wife, Neung, and our mother, for driving our support car all the time, without sleeping, with full of encouragement, smile and love

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K, of Bonita Cafe and Social Club, and of Thailand 100 Miles Run Club

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(In Japanese)

(本記事は、前回記事の続編です。)

Thailand Ocean To Ocean Running Raceについて、再度書きます。

今回の内容は、レース結果です。

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12月5日(土)夜10時、KAZUMIはスタート地点にいた。
僕も、彼女の横にいた。
場所は、タイのチュンポン県にある太平洋岸。
目指すは、ラノン県にあるインド洋。

この数ヶ月、彼女が本気でトレーニングをしているのを見てきた。

このレースに必要な“走りの質”(技術、知識、情報)と“走りの量”(走行距離、練習量)は準備できた。

そして、何よりも大事なことだが、スタートに立つ“勇気”を彼女は持っていた。

彼女は、生まれて初めての、100KM超のレースに挑戦しようとしていた。

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20時間6分後の12月6日(日)午後6時3分、ついに、彼女は、121.5KMを完走した。

総合4位。

女子優勝。

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想定通り、きついレースだった。

断続的な坂。(コースの85KMまでは、坂の連続。しかし、彼女はその間一度も歩かなかった。これは、トレーニング成果の“走りの質と量”の賜物。)

酷暑。(特に、85KM地点以降、強烈な日差しだった。)

徹夜のランニング。

誰もがリタイアを考える、そんなタフなレースだった。

でも、彼女は、負けなかった。

黙々と、一歩一歩を刻んでいた。

決してあきらめなかった。

彼女の“強い想い”と“強い決意”が、彼女をゴールに導いた。

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僕はこれで通算103回のフル/ウルトラマラソンを走ったことになりますが、今回最も思い出深いレースになりました。

121.5KM、20時間に及んだペアーラン、そして、数ヶ月間にわたった準備/トレーニングを通じて、ランナーそして人間としての彼女の素晴らしさを見ました。

“走りの質”、“走りの量”、これらは大事です。
ただ、最終的に、我々に成功をもたらすのは、“強い想い”と“強い決意”なのだと思います。

これは、特に今回のような過酷なレースでは、当てはまることだと思います。

そして、このことは、僕達の人生においても、同じだと言えます。

このことを、彼女から学びました。

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彼女はウルトラマラソンを完走した。

彼女は、今回の実に過酷なウルトラマラソンを走り抜けた。

今回、彼女は、“経験”を手にした。
“経験”は、トレーニングでは得れない。

彼女は、単なるUltra Marathon Finisherではない。

彼女は、Ultra Marathonerになった。

彼女は、“勇気”、“努力”、“走りの質”、“走りの量”、“強い想い”、“強い決意”、そして、“経験”を手にした。

KAZUMIは、Thailand 100 Miles Run Clubの誇るメンバーです。
ランナーとして、そして、人間として。

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ゴール 我々2人も属するバンコク走遊会とバンコクランナーズに迎えられて

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Thailand 100 Miles Run Clubの僕達二人から、皆さんに心より感謝です。

1. VIBRAMとPRIZE
2. ISUZU
3. 救急隊
4. レース主催チーム
5. 友達みんな
6. KAZUMIさんの家族、特にご主人の剛さん
7. 僕の奥さんのヌンと僕達の母親 一睡もせずに車を運転してサポートしてくれてありがとう!

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K, Bonita Cafe and Social Club, Thailand 100 Miles Run Club

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Author: K

Hi! I am K, a Japanese, living in Thailand. I am a vegan runner, and I own a very small vegan cafe, Bonita Cafe and Social Club, in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2015, I ran across USA, 5,030KM, in 79 days, from April 25 to July 12, thanks to all of my friends and sponsorship companies.

10 thoughts on “Thailand Ocean To Ocean Race – Part 4. Race

  1. Dear Son and Daughter,

    Marvelous work and my heartiest congratulations to you all, especially to Kazumi-sama!!

    Love from Dad and Mom

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    • Dear Dad and Mom, in Utah,
      Thank you very much for your very warm words and encouragement, always.
      Kazumi could give up anytime, but she did not, and she survived.
      Finishing this race and giving up this race are totally two different things.
      We are so glad about her/our result.
      Let us keep on going.
      And, let us keep in touch with you.
      LOVE, from Kazumi, Neung and Atsu

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  2. Congratulations to you, K – and your friend and co-ultra-marathoner Kazumi. What a beautiful tribute from you to your friend! And what an amazing achievement for both of you!!

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    • Amit-san,
      Again, thank you very much for your comment, with lots of beautiful words of encouragement and love.
      I truly am happy to have met you.
      Kazumi has given so much to me, too.
      Our relationship is not give&take style.
      But, we are enjoying encouraging each other.
      Thank you very much for your “giving,” too.
      K

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  3. First of all….Congrats to you and Kazumi!!! WOW!!! What an amazing accomplishment! I’m so proud of you!! Thank you K, for giving us this vivid story of your journey! I could feel your spirit in your story and wish I was there floating with you!! This race was one of the tops of my life so far and I’m so grateful because it was the catalyst to our friendship. Much love and respect to you both!! Jennifer

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    • Jennifer-san,
      Thank you!!!!!!!
      I am glad you have counted this as one of your best races.
      O2O has two different courses, and this course is the different one from the one you and I ran together.
      But, I love both courses.
      Because both of 020’s courses are full of challenging spirit, sense of achievement and friendship.
      Thank you very much for reading my blog always, and I am glad you have liked this article.
      Your encouragement always keeps me going.
      K

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  4. Huge thanks K-san. I know why I did it. because you along with me all the distance.
    I got a great experience for my running life.

    If you want to go fast, go alone.
    If you want to go far, go together.

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    • Kazumi-san,

      There is one more point I want to say.

      When we do something with our untiring effort, and when we never give up, “luck” is coming to us, too.

      Do you remember that CAMRY’s girl?
      She brought you “luck.”

      But, that was brought to you, because you did with your untiring effort and you hung in there.

      So, once again, I want to say that your untiring effort and determination have brought this success to you.

      Have more good rest.
      After you are settled down, let’s celebrate your/our achievement with beer.

      K

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