The lead monk has just completed what the Tendai refer to as a 'Marathon'. He has run something on
the order of a full Olympic Marathon on a nearly daily basis for the past year. To be sure, there were
plenty of stops along the way, rituals and rites to be performed at every stop. On the other hand,
he ran every mile dressed exactly as you see here, including the straw sandals of which he went through
more than a few every day.