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.

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

Entry Fees Before Aug 31, 2019
Half Marathon (21.1KM) ¥5,500
Full Marathon (42.2KM) ¥6,500

General
・ 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.
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Athlete Guides
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Additional Surcharges
・If total cost is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥1,000.
・If total cost is more than ¥10,001, you will incur a service charge amounting to 10% of total cost.
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