The Dragon Ball Run: An Interactive Run in Tokyo for All Ages
On a very sunny day, Dragon Ball fans came from all over the Kanto region to participate in the first ever Dragon Ball Run. Although advertised as the Tokyo edition, the Run was admittedly in Chiba but if Tokyo Disneyland get away with it, why not? Cosplay was encouraged and changing rooms on site meant that more than a handful of participants were dressed for the occasion. The main staging area took place in a parking lot with little shade, which was a little brutal for those standing in line for various purposes, including registration, event tee pick-up, and Dragon Ball souvenirs. The course itself took place within a public park and the route was not closed at any point, meaning just about anyone and their dog or child could be found trying to enjoy their Sunday afternoon walk.
To enjoy the Dragon Ball Run and make the most of this unique event, participants were encouraged to download the Dragon Ball Run app on their smartphone or tablet before the event. The app was required to catch the seven Dragon Balls scattered around the 3KM course. With each Dragon Ball found, participants had the opportunity to take photos with Dragon Ball characters using Augmented Reality (AR). Those without smartphones or tablet were provided hard copies to collect physical stamps with.
During the run, participants encountered three "training areas", including monkey bars, a rope climb, and an inflatable obstacle course. Each area boasted three levels of difficulty from the beginner Super Saiyan Jr. to the intermediate Super Saiyan, and advanced Super God Saiyan Super Saiyan. Upon crossing the finish line, participants are given a certificate of completion.
No matter your age, the Dragon Ball Run in Tokyo was a great experience for Dragon Ball fans. With no time constraints, participants were free to take as little or as much time as their hearts desired. Considering the weather and lack of shade, most people were happy to keep things moving. Though the race entry fee may have made some hesitate, considering the event tee, the Dragon Ball Run app, and the various "training areas", the Dragon Ball Fun Run easily makes for a fun-filled, active day out with family and friends.
Sunday, the 10th of September
Makuhari Kaihin Park D/E Blocks
(15 min walk from JR Kaihin Makuhari Station)
A 3KM fun run with no time limit geared towards Dragon Ball enthusiasts of all ages. Participants navigate through three areas to complete their "training". Throughout the course, a phone app can be used to catch seven Dragon Balls and take photos with Dragon Ball characters using Augmented Reality (AR).