21 Feb

A Peeling Offer At Tokyo Marathon

Tokyo MarathonTomorrow's ninth Tokyo Marathon on Sunday (22 February), will feature the use of the world's first 'edible wearable'. Fruit and vegetable company, Dole, has created a GPS-powered banana which uses an LED to show race times, heart rate and messages of encouragement from spectators sent via Twitter.

The banana is connected by wire to a separate device that the runners carry. Once the race is over the runners will be able to eat the banana.

A Dole spokesperson said: "The banana will be peeled first to remove its content and then resealed after a LED display and a smaller banana is put inside."

It's not the only fruit-themed device featuring at the event. Japanese juice maker Kagome has unveiled the 'Tomatan' - a hands-free tomato machine. The humanoid-looking backpack can be loaded with six mid-sized tomatoes; enough to power runners through today's 3k fun run.

The men's marathon will see defending champion and course record holder, Dickson Chumba take on multi-major winners Tsegaye Kebede and Geoffrey Mutai, as well as Olympic and World Champion Stephen Kiprotich.

Three runners with PBs faster than 2:23 will line-up for the women’s race plus two marathon debutantes are worth watching. Contenders include Berhane Dibaba who came second in the women’s race last year, setting a PB of 2:22:30, and Ethiopian Yeshi Esayias who has a personal best of 2:24:06 and was second in both 2013 and 2012. The race will also see world half marathon bronze medallist Selly Chepyego, who has a 10,000m PB of 31:22.11, making her marathon debut.

For more information on the event, visit the Tokyo Marathon website.  If you fancy a trip to this fantastic event in  2016 watch out for future details at the Sports Tours International website.