Tokyo Marathon

I had the pleasure of running the 2016 Tokyo Marathon. I entered the lottery and was chosen. For ways to run the Tokyo Marathon, read my blog post "How to Get Into an Abbott World Marathon Major". For my race report on the Tokyo Marathon, click here. For an overview of my trip to Japan, click here. I provide tips on hotels, restaurants, etc. I also provide things to do and see. I have another helpful article here: "Highlights of the Tokyo, Boston and London Marathons". 

The 2019 Tokyo Marathon will take place Sunday, March 3, 2019. 

WHERE TO STAY: I stayed at the Hotel Sunroute in Shinjuku. For more details, read my race report and trip recap. 

Below is the course map of the 2017 race. 

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Organized by the Tokyo Marathon Foundation, the inaugural Tokyo Marathon was held on February 18 2007, and drew 95,044 applicants and 30,870 participants. Kenya’s Daniel Njenga (2:09:45) and Japan’s Hitomi Niiya (2:31:01) were the first champions. Since then, the Tokyo Marathon has grown to more than 300,000 applicants and nearly 36,000 participants.

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A Race unlike any other

I had the most amazing time running the Tokyo Marathon. Read my race report for more details. This is me at the finish with my finishers towel and medal. Tokyo really knows how to host a marathon. I would love to return to run this race in the future. 



Not only will runners be able to run past the majors sights in Tokyo, they will also be able to enjoy all the character that Tokyo has to offer. From unique food to fantastic entertainment and amazing crowd support. Tokyo sure has character. I cannot recommend it more highly. 


Important documents

The following documents might be helpful. I scanned them from my trip in 2016. Please note: The 2018 course has been updated and is not the same as when I ran it in 2016. Please refer to the Tokyo Marathon website and runner's handbook for more accurate/up-to-date information. 

The documents below are items I scanned from my 2016 race. You might find these helpful. 

  • Starting area maps

  • Prohibited items

  • Security documents

  • Fluid station guide/placement

  • Checkpoints

  • Finish area map

  • Metro map with key sights

Be sure to pick one of these up. This will be helpful to your family or loved ones who are there to cheer for you.

Be sure to pick one of these up. This will be helpful to your family or loved ones who are there to cheer for you.

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