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Event Name KYOTO MARATHON 2023
Main Concepts “DO YOU KYOTO? Marathon” and “From Kyoto to tomorrow ~Restart~”
  1. Promotion of citizen sports
  2. Whether you run, cheer, or support – you play a leading role!
  3. Presenting the wonders of Kyoto to Japan and to the world
  4. Revitalization of Kyoto/Japan
Organizers City of Kyoto, Kyoto Athletic Association
Co-organizers Kyoto City Gymnastics Association, The Kyoto Shimbun Newspaper Co., Ltd., Kyoto Broadcasting System Company Limited, α-STATION (FM-Kyoto Inc.)
Planning and Operation Kyoto Marathon Executive Committee
Managing Organization Kyoto Athletic Association
Operation Support Kyoto Sports Association for the Disabled, Kyoto City Sports Instructors Board, Kyoto Medical Association, Kyoto Private Hospital Association, Kyoto City Hospital Organization, Kyoto Nursing Association, Kyoto EMT Association, Kyoto Tachibana University, Meiji University of Integrative Medicine, The Kyoto City Liaison Council of Local Women’s Societies, Association of Kyoto Runners (tentative)
Supporting Organizations Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), Japan Association of Athletics Federations, Japan Sports Agency, Japan Tourism Agency, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto Prefectural Board of Education, Kyoto City Board of Education, Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kyoto City Sports Association, Kyoto Convention Bureau, Kyoto City Tourism Association, Kyoto Shopping Streets Association, NHK Kyoto (Japan Broadcasting Corporation Kyoto Branch), Mainichi Broadcasting System,Inc., The Asahi Shimbun Company Kyoto Bureau, The Mainichi Newspapers Kyoto Branch, The Yomiuri Shimbun Kyoto Bureau, The Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd. Kyoto Bureau, Nikkei Inc. Kyoto Branch, K.K. Kyodo News Kyoto Branch, Jiji Press Ltd. Kyoto Bureau, J:COM(tentative)
  1. Marathon (42.195 km)
  2. Pair-Ekiden (1st Stage: approx. 27.6 km, 2nd Stage: approx. 14.6 km)
  3. Wheelchair race (6.1 km)
  4. Online marathon(42.195㎞)
Date & Time Sunday, February 19, 2023
08:55: Wheelchair race start
09:00: Marathon and pair-Ekiden start
15:00: Marathon and pair-Ekiden finish
* We are planning to held an online marathon in October, 2022 (tentative).
Maximum Number of Entrants
  1. Marathon: 16,000 runners
  2. Pair-Ekiden: 100 pairs (200 runners)
  3. Wheelchair race: 20 athletes
  4. Online marathon: 3,000 runners

* The above numbers include participants recommended by organizers.

Time Limit Marathon & pair-Ekiden: 6 hours (based on gun time)
* Online marathon: No time limit.
  1. Marathon and pair-Ekiden
    Start at TAKEBISHI Stadium Kyoto(Nishikyogoku Athletic Park)and finish in front of Heian-jingu Shrine (course certified by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations [JAAF], International Association of Athletics Federations [IAAF], and Association of International Marathons and Distance Races [AIMS])

    * Relay point for pair-Ekiden: Kyoto Botanical Gardens

  2. Wheelchair race
    TAKEBISHI Stadium Kyoto(Nishikyogoku Athletic Park)to Arashiyama
  3. Online marathon
    anywhere (only Japan)
Cutoff Time and Checkpoints For reasons of traffic control, security, and event operation, the cutoff time will be enforced at each checkpoint.
Regardless of the time limit at checkpoints, during the race, if a contestant’s progress is extremely delayed, race officials may disqualify him/her from the race.
* Online marathon: No cutoff Time and checkpoints.
Competition Rules The races will be conducted in accordance with the 2022 rules and regulations of the JAAF and this competition.
  1. Marathon
    ①Men and women: First 20 runners for each
    ②Men and women by age groups (every 5 years): First 3 runners for each
    ③Men and woman who are residents of Kyoto City : First 8 runners for each
    * At the awards ceremony, the awards will be presented to the top 8 runners in category 1 described above. Certificates will be sent to other award-winning runners at a later date.
    * No awards for pair-Ekiden
  2. Wheelchair race
    First 3 runners
  1. Marathon and pair-Ekiden
    ①Participants must have been born before April 1, 2004.
    ②Participants must be able to complete the race within 6 hours. (Participation by wheelchair is not permitted.)
  2. Wheelchair race
    Participants must be wheelchair users as of February 19, 2021, with a physical disability certificate issued pursuant to the provisions in Article 15 of the Act on Welfare of Physically Disabled Persons (1949 Act No. 283). Participants must also have received a recommendation from the Kyoto Sports Association for the Disabled and have been accepted by the organizer.
  3. Online marathon
    Participants must have been born before April 1, 2010.
Entry Fees
  1. Marathon: Domestic participants: JPY18,000; Overseas participants: JPY20,000
  2. Pair-Ekiden: JPY31,000 (for a pair)
  3. Wheelchair race: JPY3,000
  4. Online marathon: JPY3,000

* Overseas participants who apply for the event on the English, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese website are not eligible to participate in the pair-Ekiden and wheelchair race.

Application Applications must be made online.
* In the case of excess applications, participants will be chosen by lottery.
* Online marathon: first-come, first-served
Check-In Friday, February 17, 2023
Saturday, February 18, 2023
* Check-in times are subject to change.
* No check-in will be accepted on the day of the race (February 19).
* ID must be presented at check-in (no substitutions permitted).
Place: Miyako-Messe (Kyoto International Exhibition Hall)
  1. Based on the “Guidance on holding road races” of the Japan Association of Athletics Federations, the marathon will be held with measures against infectious diseases.
  2. Only registered applicants are eligible to compete in the race. (Substitutions are not permitted.)
  3. Participants may not wear costumes or exhibit any advertising materials, such as designs and trademarks that signify company/product names, at the event venue or on the courses.
  4. To support medical institutions and medical professionals in Kyoto City, as well as individuals and business operators who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and prevent its further spread, and promote sports applicants can donate voluntary. (single unit of donation: JPY500)