Tokyo International Marathon
It actually consisted of two marathons - the Tokyo International Marathon which took place on even years, and Tokyo-New York Friendship International Marathon which took place on odd years. In the inaugural year, 1981, both marathons took place. However, because it was not possible to support two marathons a month apart in the same city, from 1982, the alternating format went into effect.
It was replaced by the Tokyo Marathon, a race which is open to general runners of both sexes. Between 1979 and 2008 there was also a Tokyo International Women's Marathon for female elite runners in November.
Key: Course record
|1981 Feb||Hideki Kita||Japan||2:12:04|
|1981 Mar||Rodolfo Gomez||Mexico||2:11:00|
|1982||Vadim Sidorov||Soviet Union||2:10:33|
|1996||Vanderlei de Lima||Brazil||2:08:38|
|1999||Gert Thys||South Africa||2:06:33|