World Marathon Majors Add Tokyo Marathon

Tokyo Marathon has been in runners’ radar  for awhile. Having known as one of the largest and most colorful marathon around the world, it continues to attract more participants.  Until recently, the “Big 5” – Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London, and New York  agreed to add Tokyo to the circle of World Marathon Majors.  Now, there’s a new reason to travel to Japan!

The Tokyo Marathon, which will be on February 24 in 2013,  transitioned from an elite race to a mass participation event in 2007. It now has 300,000 persons applying for 36,000 spots, which certainly puts it in the ballpark of the other World Marathon Majors in terms of size. It’s also now the earliest Major on the annual calendar.

“It has always been a thought that Asia naturally should be involved, and Tokyo fits the bill more than any other event,” said Tom Grilk, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association, which stages the Boston Marathon. Asia is a huge marathon market, of course, and the existing WMMs apparently hope that the pool of potential sponsors can be expanded. Emphasis on “potential.” The World Marathon Majors, collectively, do not have a title sponsor.


Read the full article at Runner’s World.


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