Tokyo Marathon   東京マラソン

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Each year the marathon has over 36,000 participants.

Each year the marathon has over 36,000 participants.

A masked participant Tokyo marathon reflects the atmosphere of the Tokyo Marathon.

A masked participant Tokyo marathon reflects the atmosphere of the Tokyo Marathon.

The finish line after 42 km of the Tokyo Marathon.

The finish line after 42 km of the Tokyo Marathon.

On the double

The biggest marathon in Asia is run every year in February. But where does it go, and how can you be among the 36 000 participants?

You will have to toil for exactly 42 kilometers and 195 meters to come to the end of it. Starting at City Hall in Shinjuku, passing north of the Imperial PalacE, by the lawns of Hibiya Park, before crossing Shinagawa, Ginza , Nihonbashi, Asakusa and Tsukiji . The marathon ends on the artificial island 'of Odaiba in Tokyo Bay. Although the date is slightly different each year, the race is traditionally held in February since 2007. In 2015 it will start on February 22nd!

Happy atmosphere

The Tokyo Marathon goes through the most emblematic districts of the capital, and an enthusiastic crowd cheer the participants on along the entire route, distributing soup and chocolate bars. Mascots and overexctied grandmothers make it one of the most popular marathons with runners. It seems to have helped launch the fashion of jogging and running in Japan, and with its limit of 7 hours to complete the race, it gives a larger number of amateur participants the hope of crossing the finish line .

Entry

To participate in the race, the future runner must be aged 19 years or over and pay a fee of 10 000 yen for Japanese participants, 12 000 yen for foreigners. Applications should be completed online on the marathon's official website, between  August 1st and 31st. If the number of entries exceeds the permitted limit of participants, entries will be ​​selected at random.

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