Application Guidelines

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We are grateful to the many people who submitted entries.

Date & Times

Sunday, February 21, 2016 (rain or shine)
9:00 Marathon starts
15:00 Marathon ends

Events / Participant Limit / Time Limit / Entry Fee
Event Marathon (42.195 km)
Categories 1) Registered athletes*1
2) General participants
Participant Limit Up to 15,900 participants*2
Time Limit 6 hours*3
Entry Fee ¥15,000*4
  • *1 JAAF-registered athletes
  • *2 In the case of excess applications, participants will be chosen by lottery.
  • *3 Based on gun time
  • *4 For those applying for entry via multilingual websites (12,000 yen for application via Japanese website)
Runner Check-In

Friday, February 19, 2016: 11:30-20:00 (last entry)
Saturday, February 20, 2016: 10:30-19:00 (last entry)
- The above times are subject to change.
Place: Miyako-Messe (Kyoto International Exhibition Hall) 9-1, Okazaki Seishoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City
8 minutes' walk from Higashiyama Station on the Kyoto Municipal Subway Tozai Line

- Each runner must show up in person for check-in during the two days prior to the day of the event to receive a race bib, etc. Please note that no check-ins will be accepted on the day of the event or at any time other than the periods specified above.
- A document for identity verification is required to receive a race bib. Runners must register in person (no proxies allowed).
- Any participant with a disability who intends to run with an escort runner is required to bring his/her physical disability certificate and must be accompanied by the escort runner when checking in.


The race course will start at Nishikyogoku Athletic Park and finish in front of Heian-jingu Shrine (course certified by JAAF, IAAF, and AIMS)
- The course includes unpaved riverbanks. Please note that the course includes riverside paths which may be difficult to run on in rainy weather.

Cutoff Times at Each Checkpoint (CP)

For reasons of traffic control, security, and event operations, cutoff times 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.

  Distance Checkpoint Cutoff
(per km)
1st CP 6.1km Kiyotakimichi Sanjo (Arashiyama) 10:02 0:07:42
2nd CP 9.1km Ichijo Yamagoe 10:25 0:07:40
3rd CP 12.5km Ritsumeikan University 10:52 0:07:56
4th CP 18.4km Nishigamo-bashi Nishizume 11:40 0:08:08
5th CP 26.6km Kyoto Concert Hall (return run) 12:47 0:08:10
6th CP 32.1km North of Kojin-bashi Bridge Nishizume (riverside) 13:32 0:08:11
7th CP 34.9km North of Kyoto City Hall (outward run) 13:55 0:08:13
8th CP 41.0km Higashiyama Konoe 14:49 0:08:51
Finish 42.195km Heian-jingu Shrine 15:00 0:09:12

- The section pace for the first CP has been set based on the assumption that it will take 15 minutes before all runners have passed the starting point.

Competition Rules

The race will be conducted in accordance with the 2015 rules and regulations of the JAAF and of this competition.


Participants must

  • 1) Have been born before April 1, 1997; and
  • 2) Be able to complete the race within 5 hours and 40 minutes. (Participation in wheelchairs is not permitted.)

Any disabled runner who finds it difficult to run alone may have an escort runner (guide dogs not allowed).

  • 1) Men and women: First 20 runners for each
  • 2) Men and women by age group (5-year increments): First 3 runners for each

At the awards ceremony, awards will be presented to the top 8 runners in the categories under 1) described above. Certificates will be sent to other award-winning runners at a later date.

  1. Up-to-the-minute reports on the race (Runner Updates) will be available online, which may be used by runners to check their times and for spectators to cheer on the runners.
  2. Runners who finish the course will receive their race completion certificates issued on the day of the event as an interim confirmation of course completion (subject to change).
  3. At a later date, via our website, certificates of record will be issued to JAAF-registered athletes, and fighting-spirit certificates, which indicate times up to the point of withdrawal, to participants who have not completed the race* (subject to change).
    *Those who have run 5 km or more are eligible.
Donations to the Assistance Program for Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake

Applicants will be asked to offer a voluntary donation (in \500 increments). Once their participation has been confirmed, they will be requested to pay the sum of the entry fee and the donation. The donation amounts entered in their application forms cannot be changed. Please note that there is no relationship between the lottery and donation amounts.

Race Bibs with Nicknames

Each runner’s name or nickname (up to five 2 byte characters*) may be printed on a race bib for a fee of 500 yen. Applications for printing of any designations other than names or nicknames (e.g., company or commercial product names) will not be accepted.
*In the case of alphabetical and Arabic numeric characters, up to ten 1 byte characters may be printed but character size will be smaller.

Lining Up at the Start
  1. To ensure an orderly, safe start, marathon and pair-Ekiden runners with the best full-/half-marathon time records in the past three years will first be allocated to different waiting zones in order of their time records, regardless of whether they are registered with JAAF. Then runners who report their estimated finish time will line up in order of their estimated finish time. Runners who do not report a time record or an estimated finish time will be asked to start from the end of the line. Best time records must be declared accurately, as the event secretariat may check them. Runners who submit false declarations will be disqualified from both this and all future Kyoto Marathon races.
  2. Before the race starts, all participants are requested to observe a moment of silence to pray that the souls of the many victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake rest in peace.
  3. As a protective measure against cold weather before the starting gun goes off, a runner may wear a sweater, jacket or any other garment that he/she will no longer need. Discarded items of clothing will be collected and reused/recycled.
Health Management

In the event of an accident occurring during the race, the organizers will take emergency measures and compensate for damages under the coverage of the organizers' insurance. However, the organizers assume no responsibility for any damages that may be incurred thereafter. Participants are requested to take responsibility for managing their own health and refrain from participating if they are not in good health. (It is recommended that participants check their condition beforehand by having a medical checkup.)

Possible Interruptions

Should any emergency, such as an accident or fire, occur during the race, emergency vehicles may pass through at any point on the course. In such cases, runners are asked to follow instructions from event staff and may be requested to stop temporarily.

Costumes Prohibited
  1. Because the Kyoto Marathon course includes narrow stretches, running in costumes is prohibited in order to ensure safe negotiation of the course by the some 16,000 runners.
  2. Runners will not be permitted to wear and/or display any designs, trademarks, etc. that indicate the names of companies or products for advertising purposes at the event venue (including on the course).
Portrait Rights

The organizers will retain the rights to broadcast, publish, and post images/photos of and articles about the race, the names, ages, addresses (country, prefecture or city/town), and finishing times of applicants, etc. via TV programs, newspapers, magazines, web sites, and other media. The organizers may use third parties to sell photos and other goods related to the event as deemed appropriate.

Privacy Policy

The organizers fully recognize the importance of personal information, comply with the Act on the Protection of Personal Information and related laws of Japan, and handle such information in accordance with the organizers' policy to protect personal information. In order to offer better services to the participants, the organizers will use such personal information for the purposes of sending participation guidelines, giving notification of time records and related information, providing services by co-sponsoring, cooperating, and supporting organizations and other related organizations, and announcing race records (rankings, etc.).

  1. Runners' personal information, including name, age demographic, affiliation, and time records, will be published online.
  2. The organizers or Kyoto Marathon Entry Center may contact applicants to confirm application details.

In addition to the above, participants are requested to follow the organizers' instructions on any and all matters concerning the event.
As in the previous event, the "InterFaith Ekiden – Ekiden Praying for Peace" will be held concurrently and 10 teams of 40 runners (subject to change), each from a different religious group, will run the same course as that for the Kyoto Marathon.

Commemorative Gifts

◎For every participant: Kyoto Marathon 2016 original multipurpose headwear
- This item can be used in several ways; for example, as a headband or as a neck warmer.

◎ For finishers: Finisher's towel and medal

Application Terms & Conditions

Before sending an application, please agree to the following terms and conditions.

  • 1)Multiple applications by the same person will result in disqualification from the lottery.
  • 2)The JAAF registration status of athletes will be verified during the application process. Athletes are advised to check their status and enter accurate registration data in their applications.
  • 3)Once an application has been accepted, the contents of the application cannot be changed, the application cannot be cancelled, and entry fees will not be refunded.
  • 4)False statements of age, sex, time records, etc. are strictly prohibited. Proxies and/or assignments of rights are also not permitted. Should any such acts be discovered, the entry/award in question will be cancelled, entry fees and charges will not be refunded, and future applications for the Kyoto Marathon will not be accepted.
  • 5)In the event of the event's cancellation or scaling down due to earthquake, wind and flood damage, snowfall, submersion of the riverbank, incidents, accidents, epidemic disease, or any other reasons not attributable to the organizers, entry fees and other charges will not be refunded.
  • 6)The organizers assume no responsibility for applications that are delayed due to poor conditions of postal services or Internet connections
  • 7)Online applications may not be successfully processed depending on the terminal, operating system, browser software, etc. used by the applicant.
  • 8)Neither the Entry Center nor the event secretariat will respond to inquiries by phone about the number of applications accepted or lottery results.
  • 9)Delivery will not be tracked in the case of failed/delayed delivery of lottery results due to incorrect e-mail/postal addresses provided by applicants.
  • 10)Any overpaid/double-paid fees will not be refunded.
  • 11)No receipt for the entry fee will be issued. For credit card transactions, the card issuer's statement/bill may be used as a certificate of payment.
  • 12)Kyoto Marathon 2015 will be held in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations in Japan.


Kyoto Marathon Entry & Hotel Reservation Desk

JTB Sports Station
7F JTB Bldg 2-1-25, Kyutaro-machi, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 541-0056 Japan
TEL: +81-6-6267-5163(hours 9:30-17:30; closed Sat.,Sun.,holidays)