Event Information

Event Name
Main Concepts
"DO YOU KYOTO? Marathon" and "Assistance for Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake"
  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
City of Kyoto, Kyoto Athletic Association
Kyoto City Gymnastics Association, The Kyoto Shimbun Newspaper Co., Ltd., Kyoto Broadcasting System Company Limited, α-STATION (FM-Kyoto Inc.)
/ 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 Tachibana University, The Kyoto City Liaison Council of Local Women's Societies, Japan 3B Gymnastics Association Kyoto Branch, Association of Kyoto Runners
Supporting Organizations
Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS), Japan Association of Athletics Federations, Japan Tourism Agency, Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto Prefectural Board of Education, Kyoto City Board of Education, Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kyoto City Amateur 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 (tentative)
Special Co-Sponsoring Organizations
OMRON Corporation, Wacoal Corp.
  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)
Date & Time
Sunday, February 21, 2016
08:55 Wheelchair race start
09:00 Marathon and pair-Ekiden start
15:00 Marathon and pair-Ekiden finish
Maximum Number of Entrants
  1. Marathon: 15,900 runners
  2. Pair-Ekiden: 100 pairs (200 runners)
  3. Wheelchair race: 20 athletes

- The above numbers include participants recommended by organizers.

Time Limit
Marathon & pair-Ekiden: 6 hours (based on gun time)
  1. Marathon and pair-Ekiden
    Start at 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
    Nishikyogoku Athletic Park to Arashiyama
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.
Competition Rules
The races will be conducted in accordance with the 2015 rules and regulations of the JAAF and this competition.
  1. Marathon
    • 1)Men and women: First 20 runners for each
    • 2)Men and women by age groups (every 5 years): First 3 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
    • 1)Participants must have been born before April 1, 1997.
    • 2)Participants must be able to complete the race within 5 hours and 40 minutes. (Participation by wheelchair is not permitted.)
  2. Wheelchair race
    • Participants must be wheelchair users as of February 21, 2016, 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.
Entry Fees
  1. Marathon:
    Domestic participants: JPY12,000;
    Overseas participants (Entry via the multi-language entry site): JPY15,000
  2. Pair-Ekiden: JPY20,000 (for the pair)
  3. Wheelchair race: JPY2,000
    - The term "overseas participants" refers to all applicants who enter the event using the English, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese site.
    - Overseas participants who enter the event using the English, Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese site are not eligible to participate in the pair-Ekiden and wheelchair race.
Applications may be made online or by postal transfer.

- In the case of excess applications, participants will be chosen by lottery.


Friday, February 19, 2016: 11:30-20:00 (last entry)
Saturday, February 20, 2016: 10:30-19:00 (last entry)
Check-in times are subject to change.

- No check-in will be accepted on the day of the race (February 21).

- ID must be presented at check-in (no substitutions permitted).
Place: Miyako-Messe (Kyoto International Exhibition Hall)

  1. Programs for the main concepts ("DO YOU KYOTO? Marathon" and "Assistance for Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake") will be organized.
  2. Program(s) to commemorate the 5th Kyoto Marathon event will be organized.
  3. In the case of event cancellation due to reason(s) beyond the organizer's control, entry fees will not be refunded.
  4. Only registered applicants are eligible to compete in the race. (Substitutions are not permitted.)
  5. 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.
  6. The "InterFaith Ekiden - Ekiden Praying for Peace-" will be held concurrently.


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)
E-mail: jtbss@west.jtb.jp