Tokyo Marathon 2018

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Short review

Being the youngest among Abbott World Marathon Majors, Tokyo Marathon has grown significantly since its inaugural run in 2007. Each year it attracts 300,000 applicants and 36,000 go on course.

With its motto, ‘The Day We Unite’, the Tokyo Marathon brings together runners, volunteers, and spectators. In 2011, the Tokyo Marathon implemented its own charity program, ‘Run with Heart’, through which donors can contribute to various charitable activities. In 2016, the number of charity runner entrants reached its capacity of 3,000 for the first time and close to $3 million was raised.

3 reasons to go
  • Major event
  • Exceptionally well-organized
  • Takes place in a capital city
2 reasons not to go
  • Very crowded
  • High entry fee
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Road Running

Distance:

10K , Marathon

Price:

from $97

Major

Wheelchair

Organized since 2007

Short review

Being the youngest among Abbott World Marathon Majors, Tokyo Marathon has grown significantly since its inaugural run in 2007. Each year it attracts 300,000 applicants and 36,000 go on course.

With its motto, ‘The Day We Unite’, the Tokyo Marathon brings together runners, volunteers, and spectators. In 2011, the Tokyo Marathon implemented its own charity program, ‘Run with Heart’, through which donors can contribute to various charitable activities. In 2016, the number of charity runner entrants reached its capacity of 3,000 for the first time and close to $3 million was raised.

3 reasons to go
  • Major event
  • Exceptionally well-organized
  • Takes place in a capital city
2 reasons not to go
  • Very crowded
  • High entry fee

1 Road Running races on 25 January 2018 in Tokyo

Tokyo Marathon

42.195 km

923 m

from $97

35000 runners

usually take part in the race

42.195 km run course map

42.195 km

Weather for Jan 25, 2018

45.73 °F

Wind: 6.3 m/s.

Partly cloudy throughout the day..

Very Good for running

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Contacts of the organizers & official website

Sumitomo-shoji Kanda-Izumi-cho Bldg.13F, 1-13 Kanda-Izumi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0024, JAPAN
Phone: +81-3-6891-9417, fax: +81-3-6891-9409
Registration: [email protected]
Charity: [email protected]

We recommend checking the official website for up-to-date information.

The information about Tokyo Marathon is based on information provided by the organizers or found on the official website of the event.

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Best reviews

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Cristian A. from tripadvisor.ru

Possibly the only marathon I would run again!

After running quite a few marathons so far, this would be one I would run again for sure! This is the best organized I've ever seen, and it's in the most hospitable capital I've visited. out of the 6 marathon majors, put this at the top of your priority list.
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Don Schroeder from bibrave.com

Tokyo Marathon - Great Time

This was my first full international marathon, done a half before but never a full.

They did a good job at the Expo, they had separate lines for English speaking (which is helpful as I don't speak Japanese) and they moved quickly. The race sponsor Adidas had merchandise that was not too expensive, little disappointed that other companies did not have items with Tokyo marathon on it.

We passed on doing the "Friendship Run" 5k on saturday morning. It was not really close to our location, but when we saw pictures from friends that went it looked fun. Wished we had taken the time and done th... Show full review
e subway ride to it.

At the race morning, you have to go thru security with metal detectors, it moved pretty quick, you then have to find your van/bag dropoff that will take your items to the finish line. You're assigned one of six gates to get in, seems like this is done to spread people out, once in it was a general area that everyone is in.

After this, I had time to spare and headed over to the bathroom lines, these lines moved really slow. Also, some were English Style, some were not, I was half way thru the slow line when I realized I was in non English style line, not an issue for me, but would of sucked for something that would need to switch after waiting in line.

The course is pretty flat, I was in Corral E, so it was kind of crowded at the beginning, but I had decided to enjoy it, so really did not try to run around people at the beginning. On several parts of the course you run out and then turn back. It was nice to see the elites and cheer for them as you saw them coming back.

The nutrition on the race is different than US based races, there is no gu or gels on the course, I did not even see any for sale at the Expo.

For nutrition, I switched between water and Pocari Sweat (their gaterade). I tried several other foods that they had on the course. The had tomatoes on the course, I ended up having 3 small ones during the course. Nice not doing all the packaged items for once.

Towards the end of the marathon, They have 3 bridges/hills at the end. They were pretty narrow, and a lot of people are walking/going slow at this point. So it was difficult to keep or pick up the pace at the end.

After crossing the finish line, they give you a finisher towel instead of space age blanket. A nice change, as something you can reuse/ show off later.They have many different options than US based races, they had acupuncture but I passed as I needed to meet up with people. They did have a group hot foot bath that I tried for a few minutes. Nice to get the feet some loving after running a marathon.

The family meet up was kind of crazy, To get into the building (to get to the meet up location) my friend needed to go thru security, which had a long line, so I went outside to meet her and we spent about 10 minutes trying to find each other.

Overall Tokyo marathon was a great experience, the crowds were a constant positive pick you up.
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E. H. from marathonguide.com

Dissapointing

Tokyo marathon was my 4th major marathon event and I have to say the least favourite.

Not the best expo I have been to, not as good as the other majors, the official jacket could not even be found there. The start pens were fairly crowded and it would be advisable to get there early to line up.
The course was quite boring with not many landmarks to see but reasonably quick with the first 5K gradual downhill and flat after that apart from a few bridges. The crowd were great with enthusiastic support throughout the whole race. There were plenty water tables on course which also had energy... Show full review
drinks. The finish line which was a bit of an anticlimax had no water, you had to walk about a kilometre before you were handed a small bottle. The bag collection was easy and well organised and the busses back to the start line were running well. Nearly 2 weeks now since the race and still can't find race results after numerous emails to the organisers not only by myself but scores of other runners that all have been ignorantly ignored by the organisers. Another gripe is that the official race photos are a crazy £160 for the set with no option to buy one. I would spare yourself the 12 hour flight and give Tokyo marathon a miss unless you are trying to notch up the 6 majors as it falls well below par than many other marathon events nearer home. Tokyo Marathon falls well short of what a major experience should be and should be stripped of its status.

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