Nov 13
~
Dec 12

Naha Marathon, Okinawa

Online
9:00am – 3:30pm

Due to the problems with oganising a marathon during the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers have decided to move the event online. We’re not sure what this means, but it probably doesn’t involve running around scenic Okinawa.

If you get all the way down to sunny Okinawa in December and feel like you still haven’t achieved enough, check out the Naha Marathon, a “Festival of Sun, Ocean and Joggers” that is one of Japan’s premier long-distance road races. The marathon’s beautiful course through the prefecture’s capital takes in a full 26 miles of cityscapes and sea views, including Peace Pray Park. The course is lined by  taiko drum performers, eisa dancers, and wellwishers yelling “Gambare!” or “Gambatte!” in encouragement.

The marathon was established in 1985 as a celebration of 25 years of sisterhood between Naha and Honolulu, and it has grown to a field of 25000 competitors. Unfortunately, entries closed in August, but get to Onoyama Stadium in Naha at about 9am or from 1pm onwards, or line the route (a map is available via the link below) to see an exciting display of athletic prowess and have a great day out.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, many events have been canceled. Always check official sites before heading to an event.

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