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.