General Information

Information about the Tokyo Marathon 2017 for anyone involved.

FAQ

Applying for entry (general)

Q

How old must I be to participate?

A

You must have turned 19 years old by the race day for full marathon, or be between 16 and 18 years old for the 10km race.

Q

I live in Japan and am wondering if I can apply through the English entry website?

A

Foreign residents that do not speak Japanese may do so, but if you are able to read Japanese, please apply through the Japanese website.
Please be aware that people who apply through the English website are considered overseas entries and are required to pay the overseas entry participation fee (marathon: 12,800 yen, 10km: 6,700 yen).

Q

I am a Japanese citizen living abroad. Can I apply through the English website?

A

Anyone living overseas may do so.
We might request you to present your ID to prove that you live overseas at the registration desk.

Q

I am stationed in Japan with the US Navy, what should I choose as my country for an address?

A

Please select Japan.

Q

If I do not belong to a marathon association, do I have to fill in anything for affiliation?

A

No.

Q

This is my first marathon, so I do not have a best time or predicted finish time.

A

Only those who have participated in the past should fill in a best time. Otherwise, please leave the “best time” box blank. Please fill in your predicted time based on your running ability.

Q

There is no mention of participants with disabilities for the marathon.

A

There is no distinction made for disabled participants, but entry is allowed. Any disabled participant who wishes to run the marathon but will have difficulty running alone should indicate that they will need a guide runner. (Running with a guide dog is not allowed.)

Q

How do I request for a guide runner?

A

Guide runners are only allowed for marathon participants who are disabled and cannot complete the course on their own.
You can request for a guide runner when you send in your entry. Disabled runners whose entries have been accepted will be contacted separately in regards to the request for a guide runner.

Q

I'd like to enter in the wheelchair category. How should the athletes registered with a sports organization for the disabled apply?

A

There is no distinction made for the athletes registered with a sports organization for the disabled.
Those wishing to participate in the wheelchair category should apply like other participants for the marathon (general) or 10km race. Elite athlete applications open in December. Athletes should be registered with the IPC to be qualified as elite athletes.

Q

Can I switch from the 10km to the full marathon, and vice versa, after I have entered?

A

No changes can be made after you have submitted your entry.

Q

If I am unable to participate on the day of the marathon, may I have someone run in my place?

A

Substitute runners are not allowed. Anyone running under a false name will be disqualified.

Q

How many people have applied?

A

The total number of applicants will be announced on the website after the deadline for application.

Q

What happens if you receive more entries than are allowed?

A

Participants will be chosen through a lottery if we receive more entries than are allowed. In such case, we will make an announcement on the website.

Q

If you do conduct a lottery, when will we be informed of the results?

A

We will inform all applicants of the results of the lottery in late September.
Notification will be sent to the e-mail address you entered with your application.
The notification will only be sent once, so please enter an e-mail address that you will be using for at least the rest of the year. Please be advised that we do not accept inquiries regarding lottery results by phone.

Q

If my entry is accepted, by when and how should I pay the participation fee?

A

Please pay the participation fee using a credit card. If we cannot confirm your payment by the deadline, your entry will be cancelled.

Q

Will last year's lottery results have any impact on this year's lottery results?

A

No.

Q

I worked as a volunteer last year. Will my application be given priority?

A

No.

Q

How have you been dealing with the personal information of applicants for previous events?

A

To improve service and safety levels for participants, personal information may be used to deliver the Runner Handbook, records, miscellaneous information related to the event including ones provided by the sponsors and supporting organizations, race results (rankings), insurance, and medical support.
Information shall be supplied to third parties in the following cases in which;
- It is necessary to supply the information to third parties, such as related businesses and suppliers within the scope of managing this event.
- The information is required by an insurance company for the purpose of making an insurance application.
- The medical information is required for academic purposes.
- The event organizer announces race results details via TV broadcasts, newspapers, magazines, or the Internet.

Q

Can multiple applicants use the same e-mail address?

A

Yes. However, multiple applications by the same person will be rendered invalid.

Q

Can I apply for entry by phone?

A

We do not accept entry applications by phone or with paper applications. Please apply from a computer or smartphone. From the 2017 events onwards, you may not apply from a conventional cell phone (non-smartphone model).
Please apply from a computer or smartphone. We are sorry for any inconveniences this may cause.

Q

I have not received the "TOKYO MARATHON Entry URL Notification". What should I do?

A

We have sent "TOKYO MARATHON Entry URL Notification" to the e-mail address you entered.   If you have not received this notification, it means that your entry has not been completed. In this case, please confirm the following:

  1. 1) Did you enter all the information through to the entry completion page?
  2. 2) Did you enter your e-mail address correctly?
  3. 3) Have you checked your Trash folder or any other folders within your e-mail software?
  4. 4) Are you using a free e-mail account?
  5. 5) Are you using e-mail software that treats unregistered e-mail contacts as spam?
  6. 6) Do the current e-mail settings of your work/school e-mail account restrict incoming messages (filtering function)?
  7. 7) Have you checked your security software settings?
  8. 8) What are the spam settings of your e-mail provider?

*Your usage environment, e-mail settings, and provider environment may be the problem.

Q

Is there any way to confirm that I have completed my entry correctly?

A

After you have submitted your entry, you will receive a confirmation e-mail.

Q

Why is the participation fee for Japanese participants different?

A

The participation fee for overseas entries is higher due to costs incurred by translation and overseas postage.

Q

When can I apply for accommodations?

A

We will send the information about accommodations along with the results of the lottery.

Q

Is there any restrictions on carrying liquids?

A

Restrictions on carrying liquid items details are not determined yet. For your reference, please check TOKYO MARATHON 2016 Runner Handbook.

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  • Toray Industries, Inc.
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  • Mizuho Bank, Ltd.
  • Seven-Eleven Japan Co.,Ltd.
  • ASAHI BREWERIES, LTD.
  • American Express International, Inc.
  • ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS CO., LTD
  • KAGOME Co., Ltd.
  • Photocreate Co.,Ltd
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