4 April 2014

Registration opens for Osaka Marathon 2014

Corporate running clubs may want to note that the Osaka Marathon Organising Committee has just begun accepting applications for the 4th Osaka Marathon, to be held on October 26.

Launched in 2011, Osaka Marathon is Japan's second biggest marathon after the Tokyo Marathon, with about 30,000 Japanese and foreign runners participating. The marathon is popular for its scenic course along the route and attracts more than 1.25 million spectators.

The 3rd Osaka Marathon attracted 1,547 runners from 35 countries and regions. The Organizing Committee expects as many non-Japanese to run in the 4th Osaka Marathon, and has created websites in different languages to accommodate them:

Entries are accepted in:

There is a quota of 28,000 runners in each of two categories. The Marathon category (42.195 km), costs 12,000 yen* for overseas entrants, while the Challenge Run (8.8 km) costs 6,000 yen*.

*The participation fees apply to entrants from abroad. An additional donation to
charity of at least 2 units, 500 yen per unit, will be requested in addition to a handling fee of 500 yen.