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The Tokyo marathon is one of the largest marathons in
the world and now has the distinction of being included
since 2013 as one of the 6 World Marathon Majors, along
with Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York. There
are over 35,000 participants for the event, in a race
that is generally oversubscribed by a ratio in excess on
10-1, making this one of the harder marathons to enter
The Tokyo marathon in it’s current form has been taking place only since 2007, but prior to that there were 2 previous marathon events in the city, the Tokyo-New York Friendship International Marathon and the Tokyon International Marathon, which had the odd feature of sharing the event on alternate years. As well as the marathon there is also a 10k race that takes place on the same day.
The Tokyo marathon, as is usual with races of this size, has
staggered start times:
9.05am: 10k race and Wheelchair marathon
9.10am: Marathon starts
10.50am: 10k finish
4.10pm: Marathon finish
There is a new course for the Tokyo marathon in 2017 – see the full course map here:
Tokyo marathon course
For local viewers the marathon is broadcast live on TV by the
Nippon Television Network Corporation
The Tokyo marathon has enjoyed excellent TV and online coverage in recent years and this year will be no exception, with the entire race streaming live online:
Tokyo marathon live stream
There is plenty of accommodation to choose from in Tokyo, but it will be busy over the marathon weekend to be sure to book in advance. Also note that if you are travelling to Tokyo specifically to take part in the marathon the organisers may be able to help you with accoomodation, information should arrive with your race pack.
You can check out availability and make online reservations for local hotels here.
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