The Oise-san Marathon (or the Ise Half Marathon) is an unique experience that takes you around the sacred Ise Jingu Naiku (Inner Shrine) and old landscapes from the Edo Period. Known for its seafood, Matsuzaka beef, akafuku snacks, and Mikimoto pearls, Mie prefecture is a hidden gem located less than three hours from Tokyo. Come to Ise, home to one of Japan's most revered Shinto shrines (Ise Jingu) and learn about the deeply spiritual roots of both the region and the nation. Eat, race, and explore - it's the perfect weekend getaway!
・From the gently rolling curves of the highway to the 800-meter run through Oharai-machi, enjoy a course almost completely closed to traffic.
・While not a flat and fast course to bang out a PR, the Ise Half has just enough runners for the "big race vibe" without the "big race anxiety". With about 5,500 half marathon participants, it's the right number of people to provide for a competitive course without frustrating congestion.
・Before and after the race, enjoy the traditional shops and restaurants, as well as popular seafood and mountain vegetables dishes! This year's special guest is Mizuki Noguchi, a gold medalist in the 2004 Athens Olympics. Feel the energy and support from the city of Ise!
・Finisher entitlements include beach towel, akafuku red bean mochi snacks, Oise-san ticket, and a sports drink. The Oise-san ticket is worth 500 yen and can be used at the official Oise-san Marathon merchandise store or at designated stores in Oharai-machi.
Read the 2018 Ise Half Marathon race review here
July 8, 2019 - November 20, 2019
|Directions|| By Car
From Tokyo, about 5 hours 40 minutes (467KM / 290 miles)
From Osaka, about 2 hours 35 minutes (190KM / 118 miles)
From Kyoto, about 2 hours 20 minutes (170KM / 105.6 miles)
From Nagoya, about 1 hour 50 minutes (144KM / 89.5 miles)
For car navis, use the following address and phone number:
Mie Prefectural Sun Arena
4383-4 Asamacho, Ise, Mie 516-0021
From Tokyo, about 4 hours
From Osaka, about 3 hours
From Kyoto, about 3 hours
From Nagoya, about 2 hours, 20 minutes
Race Day Shuttle Bus
Take the Kintetsu Rail from Kintetsu Ise Station (M73) towards Toba or Kashikojima. Alight at Kintetsu Isuzugawa (M75 - two stops on the local train). Shuttle buses (free of charge) will be available from Kintetsu Isuzugawa Station between 0600 and 0820 (each ride takes approx. 20 minutes). * Note that Kintetsu Isuzugawa Station and JR Isuzugawa Stations are not the same station.
View the Kintetsu Rail timetable on weekends rom Kintetsu Ise Station (Japanese)
|Registration Period||July 8, 2019 - November 20, 2019
|Eligibility ＆ Time Limit||Age Restrictions
・Must be 18 or older
・High school students not permitted
Time Limit (COT)
5KM (3.2 miles): 50 minutes (finish by 9:50 AM)
21.1KM Half Marathon (13.1 miles): 2 hours 40 minutes (finish by 11:50 AM)
5KM: 2,300 people
Half Marathon: 5,500 people
|Entry Fee||5KM: ¥4,000 (¥5,000 incl. Samurai Sports service charge)
Half Marathon: ¥5,500 (¥6,500 incl. Samurai Sports service charge)
・If total cost is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥1,000.
・If total cost is ¥10,001 or more, you will incur a service charge amounting to 10% of total cost.
・Stress less with Samurai Sports. Learn why Samurai Sports implements a service charge.
|Samurai assist||Those registering through Samurai Sports will pick up their race packets (includes race bib and timing chip) on the day of the event. Registrants through other sources will receive their race packets via postal mail.
This service is offered by Samurai Sports because postal mailing of race packets generally works well domestically but many ultimately forget to bring their race packets on race day. For international registrants and those registering with FPO/APO addresses, postal mailing of race packets is less reliable and timely.
・In most cases, athlete guides in English will be sent via email approximately 7 to 14 days before the event. However, the delivery of athlete guides is entirely dependent on the timeliness of the event organizers. Samurai Sports takes approximately one to two days from receipt of the Japanese athlete guide to translate into English.
|Start Time||December 8, 2019
5KM: 9:00 AM
Half Marathon: 9:10 AM
|Event Schedule||December 8, 2019
at Mie Prefectural Sun Arena
0700-0855...Samurai Sports race packet collection
0840...5KM to start line
0850...opening ceremony, half marathon to start line
0910...half marathon starts
0940...Checkpoint 1 HM closing time (2.7KM)
1000...Checkpoint 2 HM closing time (5.5KM)
1023...Checkpoint 3 HM closing time (9KM)
1052...Checkpoint 4 HM closing time (13KM)
1103...Checkpoint 5 HM closing time (14.6KM)
1133...Checkpoint 6 HM closing time (18.8KM)
1143...Checkpoint 7 HM closing time (20KM)
1150...Half Marathon COT
1200...Closing ceremony and awards
|Samurai's Recommended Schedule||・Make your way to Ise on Saturday morning (or earlier)!
・You'll be able to return home on Sunday afternoon after the race but we certainly encourage taking the day to sightsee Ise and Shima.
・There are no shower facilities available at the race venue.
|Start Line||Mie Prefectural Sun Arena
|Finish Line||Same as start|
|Course Map||2018 Half Marathon course map
2018 5KM course map
|Course Elevation||about +110 meters (+360 feet)
・Course is largely on a highway with slight, rolling gradients and 3 to 4 gradual slopes at the highway entrances/exits
・Short, sharp climb at 17KM mark
・Fast slope down towards finish line
|Awards||Top 3 Overall Male/Female
Top 6 Age Group Male/Female
・Top Runner Over Age 80
・Oldest Male/Female Runner
・Longest Traveled Runner
|Participants Prize||Certificate of completion, beach towel, local products, Oise-san ticket (worth 500 yen, use at official Oise-san Marathon merchandise store or at designated stores in Oharai-machi)|
|Last Year's Finishers||12,000|
|Remarks||・This is a self-seeding event. Runners should wait in the start area nearby the signboard indicating your anticipated completion time.
・There will be pacers for 1:30 to 2:40 completion in 10 minute intervals.
・Runners interested should be able to complete 5KM in 50 minutes or 21.1KM in 2 hours, 40 minutes.
・There are no shower facilities available at the race venue.
・ Must be over 18 years old on day of event. High school students are not permitted to participate.
・ No refunds or credits will be issued. This applies to incidents in which the event is cancelled for any reason including personal participant circumstances of the participant (including illness and injury) and incidents in which the event is cancelled due to unforeseen weather conditions or natural disasters.
・Event entries are non-transferable. Any person doing so will be held responsible in case of an accident arising from or provoked by the other person during the event. Participants determined to be violating this policy will be disqualified without a refund. The event organizers will reserve the right to exclude both parties from future events.
・You will not sue the event organizers nor its affiliates (including Samurai Sports) for any injury or death caused during the event.
・ You consent to and will give all authorities and copyright to the event organizer and affiliates for the use of photography, motion pictures, articles, recordings or any other record of this event (including personal information such as name, age, gender, personal record, portrait, and etc.) for legitimate purposes and use in newspapers, TV, magazines, internet and any media publishing such as Facebook posts, Instagram posts, and pamphlets.
・ Please ensure you have lodging and transportation plans figured out BEFORE registering for this event.
・The organizer is aware of the importance of your personal information. The use of personal information conforms to the organizer's privacy protection law.
・Your personal information is used to provide you valuable services, such as race information, results, service from race affiliates, result ranking, and etc.
・The organizer may release your personal information when your life or body is in a life-threatening situation.
・The race organizer and its affiliates may contact you regarding your registration information.
・In most cases, athlete guides in English will be sent via email approximately 7-14 days before the event. However, the delivery of athlete guides is entirely dependent on the timeliness of the event organizers. Samurai Sports takes approximately one to two days from receipt of the Japanese athlete guide to translate into English.
|Parking||・Limited paid parking will be available near the race site.
・To receive a parking pass, you MUST select the parking pass option upon registration (fees apply).
・There will be no parking at Sun Arena. Cars without a parking pass may not park in the designated parking lots.
・Depending on the location of your assigned parking lot, you must park by 0800 or 0815.
・From the parking lot, you will either need to walk or take the shuttle bus to Sun Arena.
|Where to Stay|
|Organizer||Oise-san Marathon Executive Committee|
|Official Race Website||http://www.city.ise.mie.jp/marathon/|