The Apple Marathon was held in Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture on October 4, 2009 where Hisashi Nagai (53), a Deaf company employee from Shizuoka Prefecture, participated first time.
In the 20 kilo-run for men over the age of 50, he missed the victory, finishing in the 3rd place.
He earnestly said, "I survived because the interpreter was provided here. I want to challenge a full marathon again when there is a chance". He has sent a letter to the mayor requesting for an interpreter prior to the event.
He has run since the high school days. He has experienced to stand in the top as the winner at each of the half marathon event in all of the 47 prefectures in the country.
He had continued to win the championship at the half marathon or the 12 kilo-run each held in Ishikawa, Gunma, and Niigata Prefectures straight for three weeks before the Apple marathon.
Hisashi told the reporter through the interpreter, "I started the marathon to call for social participation of the persons with disabilities. Other persons with disability did run here, too, which indeed encouraged me".
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