【100 Great Landmarks along Marathon Route】
1. Glico Man, Shinsaibashi, Osaka
Glico Man installed in 1935, the giant neon athlete on a blue track is a symbol of Glico candy(a famous brand). Runner also stopped and took photo.
Giico Man, actually is Shisou Kanaguri, the father of Marathon in Japan. He is the founder of Fukuoka Marathon & Hakone Ekiden. (Tokyo-Hakone Round-Trip College Ekiden Race). Promote Marathon sport in Japan was his life time passion.
It is claimed that the energy of original Glico candy in 1930s is enough for a man(165cm, 55kg) to run 300M. That’s why they adopted the logo of running man as the brand symbol.