This Sunday (28 February) will see the Tokyo Marathon celebrate its tenth anniversary. The Japanese event has reached dizzying heights despite its relative youth; three years ago it became the sixth World Marathon Major (alongside London, Boston, Berlin, Chicago and New York) and regularly boasts a field of over 36,000 runners.
The race route starts in front of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building and passes the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower and the world's largest fish market, before finishing at Tokyo Big Sight Convention Centre.
The dramatic nature of the Japanese city, the impressive course and the huge but disciplined field means that Tokyo Marathon is an event with a unique character. As such, the event attracts an entry of 300,000 for the 36,000 start places.
This year’s field looks set to be extremely competitive: Emmanuel Mutai, Stephen Kiprotich and Abel Kirui will face each other in the men’s competition, while Edna Kiplagal is likely to be tested by Ethiopian pair Birhane Dibaba and Aberu Kebede; both are previous winners in Japan.
Sports Tour International is an official partner of the Tokyo Marathon and offer packages which includes the option of guaranteed entry for the race. Information on 2017 packages is available here.