Beppu Bay, near the turning point of the race between Beppu and Ōita
|Location||Beppu and Ōita, Japan|
|Official site||Beppu-Ōita Marathon|
The Beppu-Ōita Marathon (別府大分マラソン Beppu Ōita Marason) is an annual men's marathon race that takes place every February between the cities of Beppu and Ōita on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The race has IAAF Silver Label Road Race status and is a listed course of AIMS (Association of International Marathons).
First held in 1952 as a 35 km race, the looped marathon course begins at the bottom of Takasaki Mountain and reaches Beppu's Kankoko International Port before turning back towards the finishing point in the Ōita Municipal Athletic Stadium. The event is sponsored by The Mainichi Newspapers Co. and is formally known as the Beppu-Ōita Mainichi Marathon. It hosted the Asian Marathon Championship in 1994.
The course is AIMS-certified which means that performances on the course are eligible for national and world records. The course has historically provided fast times: in 1963 Tōru Terasawa's time of 2:15:15.8 was recognised as the marathon world best and fifteen years later Shigeru Sō brought the course its second world best with his winning time of 2:09:05.6 in 1978.[nb 1] Furthermore, Koichi Morishita's win in 1991 was the fastest time recorded that year. Gert Thys of South Africa won the race in 1996 with a time of 2:08:30 and his mark stood for seventeen years until Yuki Kawauchi completed the course in 2:08:15 in 2013.
The marathon race attracts approximately 500 entrants each year, of whom around two-thirds finish the course. The large majority of the runners are Japanese, or Japanese-based. A small number of international athletes are invited to compete each year, although other foreign athletes also appear in the race for pace setting purposes. An additional road race, the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Half Marathon, was held in conjunction with the main race between 1976 and 2001.
Key: Course record 35 km courseAsian Marathon Championship race
|Year||Men's winner||Time (h:m:s)|
|2018||Desmond Mokgobu (RSA)||2:09:31|
|2017||Kentaro Nakamoto (JPN)||2:09:32|
|2016||Melaku Abera (ETH)||2:09:27|
|2015||Tewelde Estifanos (ERI)||2:10:18|
|2014||Abraham Kiplimo (UGA)||2:09:23|
|2013||Yuki Kawauchi (JPN)||2:08:15|
|2012||Harun Mbugua (KEN)||2:09:38|
|2011||Ahmed Baday (MAR)||2:10:14|
|2010||Jonathan Kipkorir (KEN)||2:10:50|
|2009||Adil Ennani (MAR)||2:10:15|
|2008||Tomoya Adachi (JPN)||2:11:59|
|2007||Atsushi Fujita (JPN)||2:10:23|
|2006||Gert Thys (RSA)||2:09:45|
|2005||Satoshi Irifune (JPN)||2:09:58|
|2004||Hiroaki Takeda (JPN)||2:12:02|
|2003||Samson Ramadhani (TAN)||2:09:24|
|2002||Sammy Korir (KEN)||2:11:45|
|2001||Takayuki Nishida (JPN)||2:08:45|
|2000||Kazutaka Enoki (JPN)||2:10:44|
|1999||Éder Fialho (BRA)||2:09:54|
|1998||Akira Shimizu (JPN)||2:09:11|
|1997||Rolando Vera (ECU)||2:12:00|
|1996||Gert Thys (RSA)||2:08:30|
|1995||Patrick Carroll (AUS)||2:09:39|
|1994||Hajime Nakatomi (JPN)||2:11:28|
|1993||Maurilio Castillo (MEX)||2:13:04|
|1992||Dionicio Cerón (MEX)||2:08:36|
|1991||Kōichi Morishita (JPN)||2:08:53|
|1990||Bogusław Psujek (POL)||2:11:56|
|1989||Satoru Shimizu (JPN)||2:12:26|
|1988||Bruno Lafranchi (SUI)||2:11:58|
|1987||Yoshihiro Nishimura (JPN)||2:12:03|
|1986||Taisuke Kodama (JPN)||2:10:34|
|1985||Hiromi Taniguchi (JPN)||2:13:16|
|1984||Cor Vriend (NED)||2:12:05|
|1983||Yoshihiro Nishimura (JPN)||2:13:55|
|1982||Bob Hodge (USA)||2:15:43|
|1981||Shigeru So (JPN)||2:11:30|
|1980||Yutaka Taketomi (JPN)||2:13:29|
|1979||Hideki Kita (JPN)||2:13:30|
|1978||Shigeru So (JPN)||2:09:06|
|1977||Yasunori Hamada (JPN)||2:13:57|
|1976||Yukio Shigetake (JPN)||2:14:23|
|1975||Ken’ichi Ozawa (JPN)||2:13:11|
|1974||Yasunori Hamada (JPN)||2:13:05|
|1973||Kenji Kimihara (JPN)||2:14:56|
|1972||Yoshiro Mifune (JPN)||2:19:11|
|1971||Kenji Kimihara (JPN)||2:16:52|
|1970||Kenji Kimihara (JPN)||2:17:12|
|1969||Tadaaki Ueoka (JPN)||2:14:04|
|1968||Seiichirō Sasaki (JPN)||2:13:24|
|1967||Kenji Kimihara (JPN)||2:13:34|
|1966||Toru Terasawa (JPN)||2:14:35|
|1965||Toru Terasawa (JPN)||2:14:38|
|1964||Toru Terasawa (JPN)||2:17:49|
|1963||Toru Terasawa (JPN)||2:15:16|
|1962||Hideaki Shishido (JPN)||2:23:54|
|1961||Hiroshi Uwa (JPN)||2:23:45|
|1960||Kazumi Watanabe (JPN)||2:23:30|
|1959||Yoshitaka Tsukiji (JPN)||2:23:40|
|1958||Kurao Hiroshima (JPN)||2:25:16|
|1957||Nobuyoshi Sadanaga (JPN)||2:26:40|
|1956||Kurao Hiroshima (JPN)||2:26:24|
|1955||Katsuo Nishida (JPN)||2:29:19|
|1954||Yoshitaka Uchikawa (JPN)||2:34:48|
|1953||Keizō Yamada (JPN)||2:29:05|
|1952||Hideo Hamamura (JPN)||2:01:50|
Winners by country
- The International Association of Athletics Federations has published a progression of road racing world bests and records that were widely recognized prior to ratification and official acceptance by the IAAF. According to that progression, Derek Clayton's 2:08:34 performance in Antwerp on May 30, 1969 was a world best at the time. Other road racing authorities, including the Association of Road Racing Statisticians, consider Clayton's performance to have occurred on a short course and recognize other athletes in the progression for world best in the marathon.
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