Tokyo Marathon

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Tokyo Marathon
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The 2009 Tokyo Marathon
LocationTokyo, Japan
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2020 Tokyo Marathon

The Tokyo Marathon (東京マラソン, Tokyo Marason) is an annual marathon sporting event in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. It is an World Athletics Platinum Label[1] marathon and one of the six World Marathon Majors.[2] The latest edition of the race took place on 3 March 2019. It is sponsored by Tokyo Metro.

The 2020 Tokyo Marathon was canceled for the general public due to the 2019 novel coronavirus. Those athletes were given a deferral. Elite athletes were still invited to participate.[3]


The first Tokyo Marathon was held on 18 February 2007. However, years prior to 2007, Tokyo Marathon 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.[citation needed]

The 2007 marathon was also a representative selection race of the 2007 World Championships in Athletics in Osaka. The total number of participants was set at 30,000. Of that, 25,000 people signed up for the marathon, and 5,000 signed up for the 10K run.

Masakazu Fujiwara became the race's first Japanese male winner at the fourth edition.[4]

The 2011 Tokyo Marathon was held on Sunday, 27 February 2011. It was the first Tokyo Marathon in which the weather was not rainy.

In February 2014, Dickson Chumba won in a record time of 2:05:42. This was only the second time a runner ran below 2h06 in Japan, after Tsegaye Kebede in Fukuoka Marathon (December 6, 2009). His runner-up, Tadese Tola did also run below 2:06, in a time of 2:05:57.[5]

Rock musician Hyde composed an inspirational song titled "Believe in Myself" for the 2020 event.[6]

Numbers of applicants and runners[edit]

Runners taking part in the 2008 Tokyo Marathon

When registrations closed for the 2015 Tokyo marathon 308,810 people had applied for the full marathon, and 1,014 had applied for the 10km race. This gave a total number of 309,824 applicants and an oversubscription rate of 11.3 for the marathon.[7]

For the 2019 event, there were 331,211 applicants. 330,271 of the applications were for the full marathon and 940 were for the 10km race.[8]

Elite runners[edit]

Apart from the invited athletes, runners registered with JAAF who satisfy the following requirement can register in the Elite field.[9]
In 2014, the requirements were:


  • Full Marathon (2:23:00)
  • Half Marathon (1:01:30)
  • 10K (Road) (28:10)


  • Full Marathon (2:54:00)
  • Half Marathon (1:11:00)
  • 10K (Road) (32:10)



Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building -> Iidabashi -> Nihonbashi (10km Finish) -> Asakusa -> Koto (Halfway Point) -> Nihonbashi -> Ginza -> Shinagawa -> Hibiya Park -> Tokyo Station (Full Marathon Finish)[10]


Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building -> Tokyo Imperial Palace -> Hibiya Park (10km Finish) -> Shinagawa -> Ginza -> Nihonbashi -> Asakusa -> Tsukiji -> Tokyo Big Sight (Full Marathon Finish)


Fun runners finishing the 2012 race

Key:   Course record

Year Men's winner Country Time (m:s) Women's winner Country Time (m:s)
2019 Birhanu Legese  Ethiopia 2:04:48 Ruti Aga  Ethiopia 2:20:40
2018 Dickson Chumba  Kenya 2:05:30 Birhane Dibaba  Ethiopia 2:19:51
2017[11] Wilson Kipsang  Kenya 2:03:58 Sarah Chepchirchir  Kenya 2:19:47
2016 Feyisa Lilesa  Ethiopia 2:06:56 Helah Kiprop  Kenya 2:21:27
2015 Endeshaw Negesse  Ethiopia 2:06:00 Birhane Dibaba  Ethiopia 2:23:15
2014 Dickson Chumba  Kenya 2:05:42 Tirfi Tsegaye  Ethiopia 2:22:23
2013 Dennis Kimetto  Kenya 2:06:50 Aberu Kebede  Ethiopia 2:25:34
2012 Michael Kipyego  Kenya 2:07:37 Atsede Habtamu  Ethiopia 2:25:28
2011 Hailu Mekonnen  Ethiopia 2:07:35 Noriko Higuchi [12]  Japan 2:28:49
2010 Masakazu Fujiwara  Japan 2:12:19 Alevtina Biktimirova  Russia 2:34:39
2009 Salim Kipsang  Kenya 2:10:27 Mizuho Nasukawa  Japan 2:25:38
2008 Viktor Röthlin   Switzerland 2:07:23 Claudia Dreher  Germany 2:35:35
2007 Daniel Njenga  Kenya 2:09:45 Hitomi Niiya  Japan 2:31:02

See also[edit]


  1. ^ World Athletics Platinum Label Road Racing. World Athletics (2020). Retrieved on 2020-01-15.
  2. ^ "Tokyo Marathon joins World Marathon Majors series - ESPN". 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  3. ^ "To the registered runners of the Tokyo Marathon 2020". (in Japanese). Retrieved 2020-02-18. External link in |website= (help)
  4. ^ "News". Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  5. ^ [1] Archived March 10, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "HYDE to Release New Single Inspired by Tokyo Marathon 2020". Jame World. Retrieved 2020-01-30.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-04. Retrieved 2015-09-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Tokyo Marathon 2019 General Runner Application Status Update!". Tokyo Marathon. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "Guideline for applicants ď˝œ TOKYO MARATHON 2014 : The Day We Unite". Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2015-03-05.
  10. ^ "Course Map(Provisional) | TOKYO MARATHON 2018". Retrieved 2017-04-10.
  11. ^ Ken Nakamura (26 February 2017). "Kipsang and Chepchirchir clock world leads and Japanese all-comers' records at Tokyo Marathon". IAAF. Retrieved 2 March 2017.
  12. ^ "Tokyo Marathon 2011 : Rectifies the result of the ranking of Marathon / Woman | Tokyo Marathon 2012". Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2015-03-05.

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