This article is a summary of registration options for foreigners to Japan looking to enter the Tokyo Marathon 2017.
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1. General Entry is open from August 1st 2016
General Entry is drawn by lottery. There are 35,500 spaces and registration exceeds 300,000 ++ entrants to the lottery. You will need to be lucky to get a space, がんばって！
2. Charity runner registration opened from July 2nd 2016
There are 3000 spaces reserved for charity runners and given out on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. If you absolutely certainly MUST run the Tokyo Marathon and don’t want to risk missing it, this is a great option and proceeds going to some great causes that you can select at the time of application. You may raise the donations or simply donate yourself to the value of ¥100,000 (roughly $1000 USD).
More information about the types of charities and the charity registration page are found on the official Tokyo Marathon website here.
3. Overseas Booking Agencies – To be Announced in August
Many fitness focused ‘travelling agencies’ secure spaces and provide additional services (Airport transfers, Race Day transfers, Accommodation and excursions from Tokyo etc) for foreigners travelling to Japan at the agency specified cost. You may prefer this for some additional support for your trip to Tokyo. Two that I have personally used in the past are Travelling Fit (Australia) and Athletes Journey (Singapore). The complete list of agencies will be provided on the official Tokyo Marathon website.
4. RUN as ONE – TOKYO MARATHON 2017 from August 7th 2016
The “RUN as ONE – TOKYO MARATHON 2017” program is for any overseas runners from Japan who meet the semi-elite qualifying criteria and can apply through the page found at http://www.marathon.tokyo/en/runner/run-as-one/
These are the primary options for gaining entry to Tokyo Marathon for foreigners, there is also the wheelchair marathon. If you are interested to learn more about this any other information be sure to head over to official Tokyo Marathon english website http://www.marathon.tokyo/en/