Organised by the Tokyo Marathon Foundation, the inaugural Tokyo Marathon was held on February 18, 2007. Through its theme, ‘The Day We Unite’ the Tokyo Marathon has gathered together participants, volunteers and spectators for 13 years.
Since the 10th anniversary event in Tokyo Marathon 2016, the official event logo has been renewed to represent the portrayed images of the participants, volunteers and cheering crowds along the course, which signifies the race theme. In addition, Tokyo Marathon 2017 began a new course that finishes in front of the Tokyo station area, and in 2018 saw a new Japanese record set for the first time in 16 years.
The Tokyo Marathon 2020 was held by reducing the entries to elite and wheelchair elite in response to Covid-19. As the event served as the Olympic trial for the Tokyo 2020, many record-breaking times were established, such as the new national record (2:05:29) set by Suguru Osako.
This year, the Tokyo Marathon 2021 will be held on October 17, 2021 with the reduced field size.
Inaugural running: 2007
Largest field: 35,460 finishers (2019)
- Men: 2:03:58 (Wilson Kipsang, KEN, 2017)
- Women: 2:17:45 (Lonah Chemtai Salpeter, ISR, 2020)
- Men: 2 (Dickson Chumba, KEN)
- Women: 2 (Berhane Dibaba, ETH)
- Runner prize purse: JPY40.5 million/ US$369,000 (JPY11 million/US$100,000 to men’s and women’s champions)
Wheelchair course records:
- Men: 1:21:52 (Tomoki Suzuki, JPN, 2020)
- Women: 1:40:00 (Tsubasa Kina, JPN, 2020)
Most wheelchair victories:
- Men: 5 (Masazumi Soejima, JPN)
- Women: 9 (Wakako Tsuchida, JPN)
- Wheelchair prize purse: JPY9.28 million/US$85,000 (JPY2 million/ US$18,000 for male and female champions)