Organized by the Tokyo Marathon Foundation, the inaugural Tokyo Marathon was held on February 18 2007, and drew 95,044 applicants and 30,870 participants. Kenya’s Daniel Njenga (2:09:45) and Japan’s Hitomi Niiya (2:31:01) were the first champions. Since then, the Tokyo Marathon has grown to more than 300,000 applicants and nearly 36,000 participants.

Through its theme, ‘The Day We Unite’, the Tokyo Marathon brings together runners, volunteers and spectators. In 2011, the Tokyo Marathon implemented its own charity program, ‘Run with Heart’, through which donors can contribute to various charitable activities. In 2016, the number of charity runner entrants reached its capacity of 3,000 for the first time and close to US$3 million was raised.

The official race logo was renewed for its 10th anniversary event in 2016 to portray the runners, volunteers and cheering crowds along the course, which symbolizes the race theme.

As Tokyo was chosen to host the 2020 Olympic Games, the Tokyo Marathon is also gaining more attention and popularity from home and abroad.

The 2017 Tokyo Marathon saw the introduction of a new course that finishes in front of the Tokyo station area. As Tokyo was chosen to host the 2020 Olympic Games, the Tokyo Marathon is also gaining more attention and popularity from home and abroad.

Inaugural running

2007

  • RECENT PARTICIPATION
    YEAR FINISHERS MALE FEMALE
    2007 25,102 19,505 5,597
    2008 26,665 20,738 5,927
    2009 29,128 22,807 6,321
    2010 30,182 23,823 6,359
    2011 32,415 24,678 7,737
    2012 34,678 27,355 7,323
    2013 34,819 27,819 7,000
    2014 34,126 27,203 6,923
    2015 34,049 26,827 7,222
    2016 34,697 27,121 7,576
    2017 33,932 26,246 7,686

Course records

Men 2:03:58 (Wilson Kipsang, KEN, 2017)
Women 2:19:47 (Sarah Chepchirchir, KEN, 2017)
Men's Wheelchair 1:26:00 (Kurt Fearnley, AUS, 2016)*
Women's Wheelchair 1:41:04 (Wakako Tsuchida, JPN, 2016)*

*Wheelchair course records are those set after the race was sanctioned by the IPC in 2016

Prize purse

US$400,000/JPY40.5 million (US$108,000/JPY11m to male & female champions)

Wheelchair prize purse: US$41,000/JPY4.2m (US$9,800/JPY1m)

Time & record bonuses

US$677,000/JPY76m (US$267,260/JPY30m for world record; US$44,540/JPY5m for national record; US$26,725/JPY3m for course record)

Wheelchair time & record bonus: US$30,295/JPY3.4m (US$295,000/JPY1m for world record; US$49,000/JPY500,000 for national record; US$1,781/JPY200,000 for course record)

Largest field

34,819 finishers (2013)

Estimated spectators

1.6 million

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