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February 22, 2011

A full marathon for robots is planned for later this month in Japan (Photo: Vstone)

A full marathon for robots is planned for later this month in Japan (Photo: Vstone)

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Vstone, an Osaka-based technology firm, is organizing the world's first marathon for robots. As many of you will already know, a marathon is 42 kilometers (or about 26 miles), and these little mechanical men are ready to run the whole thing.

The miniature bipedal robots (some autonomous, some remote-controlled) possess a far shorter stride than the average runner, so they won't likely be clocking in under anything close to four hours. They'll have to complete a total of 422 laps of a 100-meter track to make up the distance.

A full marathon for robots is planned for later this month in Japan (Photo: Vstone)

The Robot Marathon, or Robo Mara, will span three days to allow for the robots' slower pace. The whole event kicks off on Thursday, February 24, at 10am (Japan time) and will finish sometime on Sunday the 27th. Incidentally, the final day will coincide with the real Tokyo Marathon.

If you can't make it to Osaka, you can tune in to the live stream via robot-maker Vstone's Ustream channel. For a preview of the action, check out Vstone's video below.

Of course, this is not the first time that we've seen the Japanese robots venture into the sporting world. At last year's Robotech, we saw them take to the ring for robot sumo, and we managed to film the highlights too.

Vstone (Japanese) via The Japan Times

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