OSAKA, Japan, April 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Osaka Marathon Organizing Committee will start at 10 a.m. (Japan time) on Friday, April 6, the process of accepting applications for runners in the 8th Osaka Marathon scheduled for Sunday, November 25, 2018.
The Osaka Marathon, Japan's second biggest road race next to the Tokyo Marathon in terms of participants, is an urban marathon event with 32,000 runners from home and abroad taking part. It is staged on a hugely popular course along places of interest in the city of Osaka such as Osaka Castle, the downtown Dotonbori canal and the Midosuji boulevard, roared on by 1.3 million spectators along the way.
As a "charity marathon," the Osaka Marathon features various programs that are expanding in scale every year. Attention from abroad is also growing every year toward the Osaka Marathon, which drew more than 4,000 runners from overseas in its seventh run last year. For the eighth event, an information desk will be set up to answer inquiries on overseas entries in an effort to attract many
runners. The Osaka Marathon Organizing Committee is looking forward to welcoming as many participants as possible.
In addition to the marathon, you may enjoy the city of Osaka by indulging in its own soul food, which epitomizes the famous saying, "Osaka is the town where people go broke over food," as well as going shopping, appreciating such traditional performing arts as Noh stage dramas, Kyogen comedy, Kabuki theater and Bunraku puppetry, exploring Kaiyukan, one of the world's largest aquariums,
and visiting entertainment centers such as Universal Studios Japan.
Summary guidelines for Osaka Marathon applications are available below.
Reference: Comments from participants in the 7th Osaka Marathon According to a questionnaire survey of overseas runners, their rate of satisfaction with the event was extremely high at about 99%. Especially, many of them gave high marks to the event's support system and other aspects,
including cheering from spectators along the course and volunteer activities.
- What I remember as the most impressive thing is warm encouragement given by Osaka citizens acting as volunteers. During a tough time in the course of the race in particular, I felt like hanging in until the end thanks to warm cheering from citizens. (A man in his 30s)
- I was able to complete the full distance in a fun manner as each and every citizen encouraged me wholeheartedly. Planning of the race as a whole was also good, which made me feel respect for runners. (A woman in her 30s)
Summary guidelines for applications:
- Entry applications: From 10 a.m. (Japan time) on Friday, April 6, 2018
- Races, race capacities and entry fees:
(1) Marathon (42.195 km)
Race capacity: 28,000 people Entry fee: 13,000 yen
(2) Challenge Run (8.8 km)
Race capacity: 2,000 people Entry fee: 6,500 yen
* The above fees will be charged to individual entries.
* Additionally, each participant will be requested to contribute a charity donation of at least two units (500 yen per unit) and pay an administrative fee.
Official websites for entry applications:
- English: http://www.osaka-marathon.com/2018/runner/entry/admission/index_en.html
Official Osaka Marathon website: https://www.osaka-marathon.com/index_en.html
SOURCE Osaka Marathon Organizing Committee