On 11 September, the 18th annual Mountain Village Daikon Marathon was held in Hida, Gifu. This halfmarathon through a mountain course is meant to bring the community together, and this year saw 697 runners take part in the 3-, 5-, and 10-kilometer courses.
However, partway through this year’s Daikon Marathon, disaster struck in the form of a swarm of angry yellow hornets which descended on the runners and stung at them mercilessly. Roughly one in six runners were stung, totaling 115 injured. Luckily, medical staff at the scene said that no one was seriously hurt.