Osaka Yodo River Citizens Marathon

Osaka Yodo River Marathon and Half Marathon

  • Date and Start TimeNovember 1, 2020
  • CategoryRoad Race 42.2KM, 21.1KM
  • Start LocationYodogawa Riverside (Kasen) Park
    7-6 Sotojimacho, Moriguchi, Osaka 570-0096
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  • IncludedEnglish Registration, English Athlete Guide, English Email/Phone Support, Race T-shirt, Finisher's Certificate of Completion, and Post-Race Follow-up (results, photos)


About the Event

Now in its 23rd edition, the Osaka Yodo River Citizens Marathon (or the Osaka Yodo River Marathon and Half Marathon) takes place almost entirely along a riverbank. A great warm-up for Japan’s marathon season, this race is easily accessible by public transportation from downtown Osaka. Both distances are out-and-back with very little elevation. While most of the course is on road or sidewalk, some segments are of varied terrain, including gravel, pebbles, and dirt.

Since 1997, the people of Osaka have come together to host this event for women and men of all ages to enjoy. Each year, approximately 7,000 participate in the half marathon and marathon respectively (total: about 14,000). A late start will assure runners plenty of time to fuel before the race and stake their spot at the start line. For those thinking about gun time, there are no waves – each distance starts at the same time.

As per usual in the past few years, Naoko Takahashi will be present on race day. A former national elite runner, Ms. Takahashi was the first woman from Japan to win a gold medal in track and field during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She was also the first woman to break a then-world record to win the 2001 Berlin Marathon.

Note: All participants MUST collect race packets on Saturday (Nov 2) at the race venue - no exceptions.

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Registration Period

Begins end of April, 2020
*2019 registration: April 24, 2019 - September 30, 2019

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