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Gassan Ryujin Marathon

Gassan Ryujin (Half) Marathon

  • Date and Start TimeOctober 13, 2019
  • Category21.1KM (half marathon)
    1.2KM Family Duo
  • Start LocationKiyokawa Grounds
    1-1 Kiyokawa Hanazaki, Shōnai-machi,
    Higashitagawa-gun, Yamagata-ken 999-6606
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  • IncludedEnglish Registration, English Event Guide, English Email/Phone Support, Local Souvenirs, Finisher's Certificate, and Post-Race Follow-up (link to results, photos)


About the Event

The Gassan Ryujin (Half) Marathon is a homegrown road race where everyone's welcomed warmly from start to finish! The steady climb to the 10.5KM mark might fatigue your legs but you'll be flying to the finish line on this out-and-back course. Race through the rural calm of Shonai Town in the heart of Yamagata Prefecture and experience the Japanese "omotenashi" spirit with local cuisine, nature, and hospitality.

Nearby is the sacred Mt. Gassan and the famous Tachiyazawa River, which was selected as one of the most exquisite bodies of water in Japan! Yamagata Prefecture is also known for harvesting some of Japan's most delicious rice. As you finish the race, you'll be surrounded by loud cheers and support from the local neighborhood - they will also welcome you back with their famous 'onigiri' rice balls and potato soup. This race is a perfect combination for those who love nature and food!

*2018 Gassan Ryujin Marathon race report here

History of the Town

Visit Shonai Town
Classe at Amarume station
Learn about Yamagata

Registration Period

June 12, 2019 to September 28, 2019

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