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 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.
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.
Entry and supporters
Entries close in August or September, so if you miss the deadline or just want to support, go to the starting point of Onoyama Park in Naha at about 9 a.m., the finish line of Onoyama Stadium at about 1 p.m., or line the route (a map is available via the link below) to see an exciting display of athletic prowess.Organizers may cancel events, alter schedules, or change admission requirements without notice. Always check official sites before heading to an event.