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Race Name Tokyo Marathon 2015
(also serves as
Selection Race of Japan Men's Marathon Representatives for The 15th IAAF World Championships in Athletics
The Abbott World Marathon Majors Series (AWMM) )
Organizer Tokyo Marathon Foundation
Co-Organizers JAAF (Japan Association of Athletics Federations); Tokyo Metropolitan Government;
Fuji Television Network, Inc.; Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd.; The Yomiuri Shimbun;
Nippon Television Network Corporation; Tokyo Shimbun
Supporting Organizations Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology;
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism; Metropolitan Tokyo Mayors' Council;
Japan Sports Association; Japanese Olympic Committee; Japan Sports Association for the Disabled; Nippon Keidanren (Japan Business Federation);
Keizai Doyukai (Japan Association of Corporate Executives);
Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Tokyo Medical Association;
Tokyo Disaster Prevention & Emergency Medical Service Association;
Tokyo Private Ambulance Call Center Registrants’ Liaison Council; Tokyo Nursing Association;
Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau; Tokyo Federation of Neighborhood Associations;
Tokyo Federation of Shopping Center Promotion Associations & Tokyo Federation of Shopping Centers; Tokyo Amateur Athletic Association; Community Sports Commissioners Tokyo; Sankei Sports;
Yukan Fuji; SANKEI LIVING SHIMBUN Inc.; Nippon Broadcasting System, Inc.; Fuji Sankei Business I;
SANKEI EXPRESS; FUSOSHA Publishing Inc.; Hochi Shimbun; Radio Nippon Co., Ltd.;
Tokyo Chunichi Sports
Managing Organization Tokyo Athletics Association
Operation Supporter Tokyo Sports Association for the Disabled
Presenting Sponsor Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd.
  1. 1. Marathon (Men, Women, Wheelchair Men, Wheelchair Women)
  2. 2. 10km Race (Men and Women for Junior & Youth, Visually Impaired, Intellectually Challenged,
    Organ Transplant Recipients and Wheelchair categories)
Date & Time Sunday, February 22, 2015
 9:05 a.m.Wheelchair Start
 9:10 a.m.Marathon and 10 km Start
10:50 a.m.10km Finish
16:10 p.m.Marathon Finish
Broadcaster Fuji Television Network, Inc.
  1. 1. Marathon:
    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building — Iidabashi — Imperial Palace — Hibiya — Shinagawa — Ginza — Nihonbashi — Asakusa Kaminari-mon — Tsukiji — Toyosu — Tokyo Big Sight
    (The course is certified by the JAAF and AIMS)
  2. 2. 10km Race:
    Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building — Iidabashi — Imperial Palace — Hibiya Park
    (Results are considered unofficial. Finishing place is determined by net time.)
Competition Rules The races will be conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations of the IAAF, the JAAF and the Race Organizer.
IAAF Road Race Label Regulations also apply to Tokyo Marathon 2015, which has been certified by the IAAF as a Gold Label road race. Blood testing for doping control will be carried out in accordance with the IAAF regulations.
Time Limits
  1. 1. Marathon : 7 hours (2 hours and 10 minutes for Wheelchair category)
  2. 2. 10km Race : 1 hour and 40 minutes (35 minutes for Wheelchair category)

* The enforced time limits are based on the gun time (not a chip time).
* The cut-off time will be enforced at each checkpoint due to limited duration of traffic control, security operation and event operation. The runners who fail to pass through the checkpoint before the cut-off time will be disqualified from the race.
Furthermore, trailing runners who lag excessively behind the cut-off time pace may be asked to leave the course any time.

The list of checkpoints and their respective cut-off times (tentative) is provided below.
(as of June 17, 2014) respective cut-off times (tentative)

Maximum Numbers of Participants 1. Marathon: 35,500 participants
2. 10 km: 500 participants
  1. 1) Marathon: Must be at least 19 years of age on the race day
    1. 1-1) General participants
      Runners, including handicapped, domestic and international runners recommended by the race organizer, capable of completing the race within 6 hours and 40 minutes.
      This category includes 3,000 Charity Runners and 3,000 Premium Members of ONE TOKYO (Tokyo Marathon Foundation's official club).
      - Athletes registered with the JAAF in fiscal 2014.
      - Athletes not registered with the JAAF.
      *Each runner who has difficulties in running the race alone must be accompanied by one guide runner. Running with a guide dog is not allowed.
    2. 1-2) Elite Athletes (*Application period opens in December.) [100 athletes]
      - Athletes, registered with the JAAF in fiscal 2014, who satisfy the special requirements set forth by the JAAF
      - Invited Athletes: Domestic and international runners recommended by the JAAF
    3. 1-3) Semi-Elite Athletes [1000 athletes]
      Athletes who are recommended by the races that are affiliated in the RUN as ONE – Tokyo Marathon program
    4. 1-4) Wheelchair (Those who are physically unimpaired are not allowed to participate.)
      Total of 25 athletes, both men and women, capable of completing the race within 2 hours and
      10 minutes riding the racing wheelchair
  2. 2) 10km Race:
    1. 2-1) Junior & Youth
      Total of 275 male and/or female runners between 16 and 18 years of age on the race day, who are capable of finishing the race within 1.5 hours (Runners born between February 23, 1996 and February 22, 1999 are eligible)
      *Including 100 runners that are selected separately by an organization mandated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to run projects linked to the Great East Japan Earthquake recovery efforts.
    2. 2-2) Visually Impaired
      Total of 50 male and/or female runners aged 16 and above on the race day capable of finishing the race within 1.5 hours
      *Each runner who has difficulties in running the race alone must be accompanied by one guide runner. Running with a guide dog is not allowed.
    3. 2-3) Intellectually Challenged
      Total of 100 male and/or female runners aged 16 and above on the race day capable of finishing the race within 1.5 hours
      *Each runner must be accompanied by one guide runner.
    4. 2-4) Organ Transplant Recipients
      Total of 50 male and/or female runners aged 16 and above on the race day capable of finishing the race within 1.5 hours
      *"Organ Transplant Recipients" only include those who have undergone organ or bone-marrow transplantation.
    5. 2-5) Wheelchair
      Total of 25 male and/or female athletes aged 16 and above capable of finishing the race in 35 minutes on the racing wheelchair. (Those who are physically unimpaired are not allowed to participate.)
Entry Fee 1. Marathon: Domestic - 10,800 Yen (from overseas - 12,800 Yen)
2. 10km Race: Domestic - 5,600 Yen (from overseas - 6,700 Yen)
  1. 1. Procedure
    Online entry
  2. 2. Application Period
    From Friday, August 1, 2014 10:00 a.m. JST to Sunday, August 31, 2012 5:00 p.m. JST.
  3. 3. Screening
    Entrants will be selected by the lottery if applications exceed the maximum number.
    Lottery results will be notified to all applicants in late September (tentative).
  4. 4. Payment
    Accepted applicants must pay the entry fee by credit card before the deadline.
    If the payment is not received by the due date, the application will be void.
  1. 1. Marathon
    Top eight male and female finishers will be presented with awards.
  2. 2. 10km
    Finisher’s ceremony will be held.
Prize Money For the marathon race, prize money based on the results will be awarded in accordance with
separate rules.
Number Card Pick-Up
  1. 1. Date: February 19, 20 and 21, 2015
  2. 2. Venue: Tokyo Marathon EXPO 2015 at Tokyo Big Sight (West Exhibition Hall)
  3. 3. Hours:
    11:00 a.m. JST to 8:30 p.m. JST (tentative) on February 19 and 20
    11:00 a.m. JST to 7:30 p.m. JST (tentative) on February 21
    * Please note that the registration desks will close earlier at 7:30 p.m. on February 21, so that participants will have time to prepare and rest before the race day.
    *Details for wheelchair participants will be informed separately.
  1. (a) Number cards cannot be picked up on the race day (February 22).
  2. (b) Participants must pick up their Number Cards during the hours specified above.
  3. (c) A photo ID is required for registration.
    (Number Cards must be picked up by runners in person; registration by the nominee representing a runner is not permitted.)
  4. (d) Participants who fail to present photo IDs cannot pick up their Number Cards.
For inquiries KNT Tokyo Marathon Entry Desk
Global Business Management Branch
Sumitomo-shoji Kanda-Izumi-cho Bldg. 12F, 1-13 Kanda-Izumi-cho, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 101-0024, JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-6891-9354   Fax: +81-3-6891-9412
E-mail: tm2015@or.knt.co.jp
Office Hours: 09:30-17:30 (Except Saturdays, Sundays and National Holidays)
  1. 1. Entry fee will not be refunded in the event of the cancellation of the race if such cancellation is not attributable to the organizer.
  2. 2. The participants who are registered with the JAAF must make sure to confirm their registration status with the JAAF prior to applying for a place in the Tokyo Marathon and enter correct registration information in the application form.
    The organizer reserves the right to verify the status.
    On the race day, JAAF-registered participants are assigned to the start block that is right behind the elite runners' block.
  3. 3. Please be prepared for the race. This includes a physical check-up and sufficient training before the race.
  4. 4. Personal belongings of the participants may be checked in at the start point.
    The organizer will transport them to the finish area. Arrival of the checked items may be delayed due to traffic conditions.
  5. 5. Poor road conditions/delays in public transportation do not serve as grounds for excuse for participants' failure to complete the Number Card pick-up during the prescribed period or failure to arrive in time for the race start.
  6. 6. No designs, logos or trademarks associated with corporate and product names may be worn or displayed for publicity purposes during the race (on the course and start/finish areas).
  7. 7. The organizer may authorize third parties to sell photographs and other souvenirs.
  8. 8. The event organizer may allow pedestrians to cross the course depending on the decision by the police and the course judges even during traffic control periods (while participants are running).
    Participants are requested to yield the running course to secure the safety of those crossing pedestrians.
    Participants’ understanding and cooperation are appreciated.
  9. 9. Instructions by the organizer must be followed with respect to all matters not provided for herein.
  10. 10. Receipts for entry fees, etc.
     No receipts will be issued.
     Please refer to the account statement issued by your credit card company.
  11. 11. The general information contained herein is good for the Tokyo Marathon 2015 only.
    *Applications from elite runners will be accepted from December.
    *Applications from charity runners will be accepted from Tuesday, July 1, on a first-come, first-served basis (up to 3,000 charity runners)
    *Priority applications may be submitted by the premium members of ONE TOKYO, the official club of Tokyo Marathon Foundation, from Tuesday, July 1 to Thursday, July 31 (3,000 places)
    *Applications from the semi-elite runners (*1,000 runners recommended by the races that are affiliated in the RUN as ONE – Tokyo Marathon program) will be accepted from Friday, August 1 to Sunday, August 31.

- For the 2015 race, runners can only apply via the Internet sites, as indicated in last year's guidelines. No hard-copy application forms will be available

Terms and Conditions for Tokyo Marathon Application

  1. 1. In case of accidents, illness or loss of personal property, liability of the organizer is limited to emergency treatment.
  2. 2. After submitting an application, cancelling or switching the event category due to personal reason is prohibited.
  3. 3. Illegal participation (participation by a runner other than the registered runner) as well as falsifying age or gender is strictly prohibited. In such cases, your entry will be void.
  4. 4. Entry fee will not be refunded if the race was cancelled due to natural disaster such as earthquake, storm, snow, accidents, or other incidents beyond the control of the race organizer.
  5. 5. In case of overpayment or double payment, the overpaid amount will not be refunded.
  6. 6. Copyright of images, photographs and articles covering the event, and their usage right for TV broadcasting, newspapers, magazines and internet, belongs to the race organizer.
    Aforementioned copyright includes but not limited to names and other personal information such as age and address (country, prefecture and city only) of entrants mentioned in the article covering the event.
  7. 7. The event organizer will comply with the privacy protection laws and assures the confidentiality of information provided by the race entrants.
  8. 8. The event will comply with all domestic laws and regulations.
  9. 9. In addition to aforementioned Terms and Conditions, the event will adhere to all race regulations.

Guidelines for participants’ attire while running in Tokyo Marathon 2015

Upon entry to the race participants are requested to comply and agree with the following guidelines. Let's all enjoy the marathon in a pleasant and responsible manner.

The event organizer does not permit any participant to run in a costume that is in violation of the event rules, other laws and regulations, or public order and morals, as well as the prohibitions specified in the following examples 1 to 9.
If any of these is applicable to a participant, the event organizer may not allow the participant to join the race or may keep the participant from continuing to run even after the race has already started.
When applying for entry it is understood that participants have agreed that objections to these rules shall not be accepted.

  1. 1. Dressed in clothing or wearing gear that may be dangerous to other runners as it may hurt them or cause a fall. Running with the whole part of the face covered.
    - Dressed in clothing that may hurt other runners due to body contact such as those with swords or sticks attached, armored clothing, riveted clothing, full-body / animal suit, etc.
    - Carrying or shouldering bulky items longer than 30 cm such as a banner or a flag.
    - Long skirts or kimono that may cause a fall.
    - Running in tandem or in a manner that may be obstructive to other runners.
  2. 2. Dressed inappropriately for a sports event or in clothing that is unpleasant to other runners or spectators.
    - Being naked or wearing underwear that appears nearly naked.
    - Costumes that suggest nudity.
  3. 3. Clothing for the purpose of political or religious assertions or propaganda, as well as advertising.
    - Dressed with a sash showing the name of a political party or in clothes with political and religious assertions printed on them.
    - Costumes that imitate a politician or religious leader, and products.
  4. 4. Clothing for the purpose of promoting or advertising an individual name, a specified region or an organization that the event organizer does not acknowledge.
    - Dressed in clothes with “XXX Shopping Street” printed on them
  5. 5. Use of articles that could cause other runners to mistakenly recognize as a starting signal and cause confusion to the management of the race (such as lighting equipment that produces bright or flashing lights, whistles or horns, and fireworks that produces blasting or explosive sounds) or devices with a strong volume of sound that could disturb other runners.
  6. 6. Acts that cause a delay to the race such as dancing, performing, playing instruments, or standing near the starting or finish lines, or in the streets along the course.
  7. 7. Soliciting monetary contributions, signatures, etc.
  8. 8. Preventing pedestrians from crossing the course at certain points, when and where they are allowed to do so.
  9. 9. Occurrence of issues other than those provided in numbers 1 to 8 that the event organizer judges inappropriate to the race.

Participant T-Shirt Size

The sizes are based on the Japanese (JASPO) standard, and the T-Shirts are designed to fit runners’ bodies.
Please use the following list as a guide to determine your T-Shirt size.
*Please note that you cannot change the T-Shirt size after registration. Participant T-Shirt Size

Application and Race Participation Process

Application and Race Participation Process

Regulations and Guidelines on the Application Procedure

Applicants who cannot observe the following will be rejected in the entrant selection (or disqualified when it is found after the race), and no refund will be made.
Moreover, applicants will never be allowed to participate in our future races.

  1. 1. A duplicate application for the race entry by the same applicant is prohibited.
  2. 2. Falsifying name, age, gender, nationality, residence, or record is strictly prohibited.
    Modification of entry information in the application form or cancellation of entry after submitting application will not be allowed.
    If the organizer identifies problems with entry data, the Marathon Office will contact the runner either by e-mail or telephone.
  3. 3. Certain PCs, browsers and operating systems may cause errors in your application process through the internet.
  4. 4. The organizer will not be responsible for delay in the application process due to any network connection problems during the application process.
  5. 5.The lottery result will be notified to all applicants via e-mail by the end of September (subject to change).
    Till then, applicants should not change their e-mail address, or they cannot confirm the result.
    Please be aware that we will not verify correct delivery of e-mail.
    The organizer will not be liable to any detriments caused by undelivered e-mails, due to wrong e-mail address, security software settings and so forth.
  6. 6. Please be aware that Entry Desk or Marathon Office will not be able to answer questions regarding the status of an entry, result of a lottery, etc.
  7. 7. Successful entrants are required to pay their entry fee by a designated date. If the entrants fail to do so, their entries will be canceled automatically, and cannot participate in the race.
    Please also note that the entry fee will not be refund.
  8. 8. Be sure to complete entrant registration (Number Card pick-up) during three days before the race day (EXPO).
    To register, present your valid photo ID. No registration will be permitted on the race day. Please also note that proxy registration is not accepted.
  9. 9. Transferring Number Card to other runner or allowing a substitute runner is strictly prohibited.

*Please note that any assistance for your visa application (official invitation letter, etc.) is not available.

Privacy Policy

The organizer, in recognition of the importance of protecting personal information, abides by all laws and ordinances concerning the protection of personal information and adheres to the organizer's privacy policy when handling personal information.
The organizer may use personal information for the purpose of delivering better services to the participants.
Information may be used in connection with the preparation of the Runner Handbook, results notifications, notifications of relevant information, and the delivery of services by event sponsors, support organizations and their affiliates, in addition to results (rankings) announcements.
The organizer or its representative may contact participants to confirm the information stated in their application forms.

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  • ASICS Corp.
  • BMW Japan Corp.
  • Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
  • Calorie Mate
  • McDonald・スfs Company (Japan), Ltd
  • Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
  • Seven-Eleven Japan Co.,Ltd
  • Photocreate Co.,Ltd.
  • Toray Industries, Inc.
  • GMO Registry, Inc.
  • Tokyo Big Sight Inc.
  • Hisamitsu Pharmaceutical Co.,Inc.
  • Koyou Holdings Co.,Ltd.
  • Shimizu Octo,Inc.
  • Dole Japan, Inc.