Three-hundred runners representing eight nations and all 50 states will participate in the second America’s Ekiden relay race on April 9.
The defending champion Irish team will be challenged by teams from the United States, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, Italy, Japan, Kenya and Mexico.
Each team consists of five runners who each run one relay leg. The race has been shortened this year from 50 kilometers to the marathon distance of 26.2 miles.
Four of the five members of last year’s Irish team--Marcus O’Sullivan, John Treacy, Frank O’Mara and John Doherty--will return to defend their title. They will be joined by Ekiden newcomer Gerry Curtis.
The road race, which will be televised by NBC on tape-delay, begins and ends in New York’s Central Park.