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Kasumigaura Marathon is one of the most famous citizens' marathon events in Japan. Held every April, it attracts about 25,000 participants who run along the shores of Japan's second largest lake, Lake Kasumigaura. It is well known for the enthusiastic cheers of the local residents and for well-prepared services including an excellent aid station. This is why it ranks high every year among domestic marathon events and provides runners with a high degree of satisfaction.

It is jointly organized by Tsuchiura City and Kasumigaura City. Both cities are located about 40 km northwest of Narita International Airport and about 60 km northeast of Tokyo, and are easily accessible by train and car. It is about a 60-minute train ride on the Joban Line from Tokyo to these two cities and the nearest station is Tsuchiura. By car it is a 60-minute drive on the Joban Expressway from Tokyo and the nearest interchange is either Sakuratsuchiura or Tsuchiurakita.

Surrounded by a rich natural environment featuring the famous Mt. Tsukuba and Japan's second largest lake, Lake Kasumigaura, these locations are extremely popular with sightseers and are easily accessible from the Tokyo metropolitan area.

In addition, it is only 45 minutes by Tsukuba Express from the nearby Tsukuba Science Park to Akihabara, which is the Tokyo shopping district famous for its huge range of electronics products.

 

Name of the event

2014 Kasumigaura Marathon and International Blind Marathon

 

Organizers

Kasumigaura Marathon Planning Committee, Tsuchiura City, Kasumigaura City, Japan Blind Marathon Association, Japan Sports Association for the Disabled, Japan Paralympic Committee, Ibaraki Athletic Sports Association, Tsuchiura Council of Social Welfare, The Mainichi Newspapers, Sports Nippon Newspapers

 

Date and Time

Sunday April 20, 2014, rain or shine

Start at

09:20 10-mile marathon
10:00 Full marathon
10:30 5-km marathon

 

Venue and marathon course

Athletics stadium of Kawaguchi Athletic Park Map >>
(About a five-minute walk from the east exit of Japan Railways (JR) Tsuchiura Station)

The marathon course starts and finishes in Kawaguchi Athletic Park. The course circles the shore of Lake Kasumigaura with the halfway point at Kasumigaura City Museum. (The marathon is authorized by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations.) Course map >>

 

Entry qualifications

Healthy amateur athletes

Time limit for the marathon:

  • Full marathon: 6 hours
  • 10-mile marathon: 2 hours
  • 5-km marathon: 40 minutes

Children below middle high school students are not eligible for any of the above three categories.

 

Entry fee

  • Full marathon: \5,000
  • 10 mile: \4,500
  • 5 km: \3,500

(\200 out of the above fee will be donated the Kasumigaura purification movement fund and seeing-eye-dog training subsidy.)

Every fee above includes official running T-shirt and finish certificate.

 

Entry limit

  • General Division
    Full marathon: 18,000 (first-come-first-served basis)
    10 mile: 5,000 (first-come-first-served basis)
    5 km: 2,000 (first-come-first-served basis)
  • Visually Challenged Division
    Unlimited entrants

 

Application period

From 10:00, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, to 17:00, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014

 

Entry procedure

【General Division】
Please fill in the application form below and return it back to the following FAX number.

"Download application form"(WORD:52KB)
FAX :+81 3-5495-0785

For any inquires,contact us by the e-mail address down below.
E-mail:kasumigaura-marathon@gmt.jtb.jp

【Visually Challenged Division】
To make registration for IPC,please make contact to the JBMA.(Japan Blind Marathon Association)

E-mail: info@jbma.or.jp

 

Application Regulations

(Every participant must agree with the following rules to validate their entry.)

  1. The organizer will take no responsibility for disease or injury of entrants, loss of entrants' belongings, or any other accident that involves entrants except for emergency treatment.
  2. Once an entrant's application is accepted, no request for change in the applied division or no cancellation of applied entry for the entrant's own reason will be accepted.
  3. False declaration of age or gender or entry of a person other than the applicant (false entry) will not be accepted. If such false application is found, the entry will be nullified.
  4. Entry fees will be non-refundable if the event is cancelled by earthquake, wind damage, flood, snowfall, crime, accident, or disease.
  5. Entry fees excessively or repeatedly paid to the organizer will not be refundable.
  6. The right to publish images, photos, articles, records, entrants' names, ages and addresses (including county, prefecture or municipality), etc. associated with or during the event on TV, in newspaper, magazines, or the Internet and all the related or resultant portrait rights shall belong to the organizer.
  7. The organizer will comply with the private information protection law and regulation in handling the private information of entrants.
  8. This event will be held in full compliance with all the applicable laws and regulations of Japan.

 

Number of entries to 2013 event

27,270

 

Access

The marathon start/goal site is about a five-minute walk from the east exit of Tsuchiura Station, which is about an hour train ride from Ueno Station in Tokyo on Japan Railways(JR) Joban line.