Runner entry application

Kumamoto Castle Marathon 2019 Entry Close

Event Name Kumamoto Castle Marathon 2019
Start Time Sunday, February 17, 2019 at 9:00 AM (regardless of weather conditions)
Registration Times Friday, February 15, 2019 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday, February 16, 2019 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • ・Registration will be closed on the day of the event (2/17)
  • ・Registration is only open during the above listed times
  • ・Please bring ID with you when you register for the event
  • ・You may not have a surrogate register for you
  • ・Without ID, you will not be able to register for the event
Registration Location Karashima Park
Regarding Personal Information The marathon administration believes in the proper handling of personal information. All personal information will be appropriately handled in accordance with the marathon personal information policy and all related legal rules and regulations. To continue improving the quality of the event, participation data, records, surveys, and related information will be used.
※You may receive communications from the marathon administration or the Kumamoto Castle Marathon Executive Committee regarding the contents of your application.
  1. 1)No refunds will be issued if the marathon is canceled for reasons beyond the administration’s control.
  2. 2)Please ensure that you have done the proper training, received necessary medical examinations, and are in good health before participating in the marathon.
  3. 3)The marathon administration is not responsible for any delays due to public transportation or traffic conditions.
  4. 4)The competition may be temporarily halted to allow emergency vehicles to pass.
  5. 5)Please follow any other instructions given by the administration regarding the marathon.
  6. 6)Receipts for participation fee payments
    • ・For credit card payments:
      Receipts will not be issued. Please refer to your provider’s credit card statement or bill.
    • ・For convenience store payments:
      Receipts will not be issued. Please use your payment stub as a receipt.
  7. 7)Those with sensory disabilities or who would otherwise have difficulties running by themselves are allowed to have one accompanying runner. Service animals are not allowed.
  8. 8)Wheelchairs are not allowed.

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Kumamoto Castle Marathon First Challenge

Kumamoto Castle Marathon First Challenge

This is for runners who have never participated in the Kumamoto Castle Marathon Historical Fun Run before. Runners who have participated in the Recovery Challenge Fun Run, Jokamachi 4 Kilo, or the Kumanichi 30 Kilo Road Race but who have never participated in the Historical Fun Run in the past can still qualify.

If the number of applicants exceeds the number of slots

If the number of applications for the Kumamoto Castle Marathon First Challenge exceeds the number of slots (3000), participants will be selected by raffle. First Challenge qualified applicants will have priority. If an applicant is not selected for a First Challenge slot, they will be automatically entered into the general raffle for a second chance at participating in the run. Filing an additional application for this is not necessary.

For runners considering their first event, or for runners who have failed to be selected for the marathon, this may be your opportunity. Apply now!


Kumamoto Castle Marathon First Challenge Overview

Event Historical Full Marathon
Participants 3,000
Application Period From Monday, July 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Until Friday, August 31, 2018 at 5:00 PM
Qualification Runners who have never participated in the Kumamoto Castle Marathon (Historical Full Marathon) in the past. Runners who have been selected to participate in the marathon but did not run are excluded.
Notes ※Past participants are defined as those who have been selected by raffle and then paid participation fees in the past.
※Group applications are not allowed for the Kumamoto Castle Marathon First Challenge.

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Support Kumamoto Charity Fundraiser

Support Kumamoto Charity Fundraiser

1.What is the Support Kumamoto Charity Fundraiser Campaign?

Participating runners in the Kumamoto Castle Marathon will have the opportunity to sponsor a charity. The goal of this program is to support the recovery of Kumamoto, maintain Kumamoto assets, and spread the spirit of charity one runner at a time.

2.About the Support Kumamoto Charity Fundraising Campaign

All charitable donations will be donated to a chosen fund selected at the time of entry.

Donation Funds
Kumamoto Castle Disaster Recovery Fund For Kumamoto Castle reconstruction and restoration costs Kumamoto Castle Disaster Recovery Fund
Administrator:Kumamoto Castle General Office (096-359-6475)
Sports Promotion Fund For encouraging sports recovery and development in Kumamoto Sports Promotion Fund
Administrator: Kumamoto City Sports Promotion Section (096-328-2724)
Volunteer Activities Fund For supporting the expansion of volunteer programs in Kumamoto Kumamoto City Public Interest Activities Support Fund
Administrator: Kumamoto City Regional Activities Promotion Section (096-328-2036)

3.Participating in the Support Kumamoto Fundraising Campaign

During the entry process, there will be sections to indicate your willingness to participate in the Support Kumamoto Fundraising Campaign and preferred charitable cause. Please specify how many donations you would like to make and the fund you would like to donate to. After runner selection takes place, please include the amount you would like to donate along with your participation fees and system fees to participate in the campaign.

※Each participant is allowed to select only one donation fund to give to. Thank you for your understanding.

Support Kumamoto Special Charity Runners (limited to the first 500 participants)
Runners that donate over ¥30,000 (60 donations) as part of the Support Kumamoto Charity Fundraising Campaign will be exempted from the raffle and allowed to participate in an event of their choice (Kumamoto Castle Marathon, Historical Fun Run, Recovery Challenge Fun Run).
※Participation fees are calculated separately.
※Group entries for this program are not allowed.

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Sub Three Premium

What is Sub Three Premium?

Runners who have completed the Kumamoto Castle Marathon with a sub three hour time during any one of the last five years will be given preferential treatment and placed in the starting block of this year’s marathon. Runners who have qualified for the Kumamoto Castle Marathon Sub Three Premium have their names, runner numbers, and records posted on the Kumamoto Castle Marathon homepage.

Preferential starting block placement(Sub Three Block)

Souvenir gift

Sub Three Digital Plaque(Names, numbers, and records are posted on the marathon homepage)

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Event/Participant Count/Time Limit/Conditions/Fees

Event Historical Full Marathon
(JAAF Sponsored)(JAAF Certified)
Kanakuri Memorial Kumanichi 30 Kilo Road Race
(KAA・JAAF Sponsored)(JAAF Certified)
Recovery Challenge Fun Run
Participant Count 13,000 150 1,500
Time Limit 7 hours Pass the last checkpoint (28.3 km) by 10:58. 1 hour 15 minutes
Conditions Must be 18 years or older by the day of the event (high school students not allowed) Ability to complete the marathon within 6 hours and 40 minutes. Birthday before April 1, 2000. Registered member of the JAAF. Middle school age or older
Fees (including system fees) ¥10,500 ¥5,500 ¥3,500
The ¥500 system fee is included in the numbers listed above.
  1. ※1 Time begins when the starting gun is fired.
  2. ※2 Checkpoint closing times for the Historical Full Marathon and Kanakuri Memorial Kumanichi 30 Kilo Road Race have been determined based on transportation, security, and operational conditions. The marathon administration may cease competition for remaining runners based on the ceasing of traffic restrictions.
  3. ※3 Runners in the Recovery Challenge Fun Run who have yet to pass through the Karashima Park and tram railway area by 9:45 will be retired from the event. Traffic restrictions will cease at 10:00.

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Checkpoint Closing Times

※Times are subject to change.

Historical Full Marathon

  Distance Closing Time
1st Checkpoint 6.1km 10:15
2st Checkpoint 14.5km 11:18
3st Checkpoint 21.0km 12:21
4st Checkpoint 24.8km 12:55
5st Checkpoint 29.8km 13:45
6st Checkpoint 33.3km 14:18
7st Checkpoint 37.9km 15:00
8st Checkpoint 40.6km 15:30

Kanakuri Memorial Kumanichi 30 Kilo Road Race

Distance Closing Time
5km 9:20
10km 9:40
15km 10:00
20km 10:20
25km 10:43
28.3km 10:58

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Fees and Payment Information

Event Application Method Payment Method Fees System Fees
Historical Full Marathon Internet only Credit Card Convenience Store ¥10,000 ¥500 per person)
Kumanichi 30 Kilo ¥5,000
Recovery Challenge Fun Run ¥3,000
【Payment Example】Applied for and selected for an individual slot in the full marathon and offered to make two donations at the time of entry.
※Payment for two charity donations (1 donation at ¥500 ×2 = ¥1,000)
Total payment: Participation Fee (¥10,000)+ System Fee (¥500)+ 2 Charity Donations (¥1,000) = ¥11,500

※The system fee for group entries is ¥500 per person.

Support Kumamoto Charity Fundraising Campaign
For runners wanting to participate in the fundraising campaign, please include the number of donations you would like to make (¥500 per donation) and include them with your participation fee payment.

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Participation Award T-Shirt Sizes

[Please use this as a reference for indicating the correct shirt size]

Size SS S M L LL 3L
Height 160cm 165cm 170cm 175cm 180cm 185cm
Chest 84cm 88cm 92cm 96cm 100cm 104cm

※If shirt size is not specified at the time of entry, women will be given an S size shirt, and men will be given an M size shirt.

※There are only limited quantities of each size, so you may receive a different size shirt.

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Runner Entry Applications (Individual ・ Group 〈2~5 people〉)

Historical Full Marathon Individual Group Internet only
Kumanichi 30 Kilo Individual Internet only
Recovery Challenge Fun Run Individual Group Internet only
Application Method Internet entry via the Kumamoto Castle Marathon homepage
Application Period Begins Monday, July 30th from 10:00 AM
Application Period Ends Friday, September 14th at 5:00 PM
System Fees at Time of Application None (¥500 for each selected participant)
Runner Selection Raffle Drawing (if applicants exceed the participant limit)
Results Announcement Results will be sent out at the beginning of October. For groups, only the group’s representative will be informed of the result.
Deposit Runners selected to participate (or the representative for groups) must deposit the total payment for participation fees, system fees, and charity donations in the specified bank account by the given date. Non-payment will result in runners’ slots being given to another applicant.
※Please also read the「 Notes regarding the application process

・Individuals and groups may not file multiple applications. Multiple applications will result in disqualification.

【Regarding group applications】

  • ・Group applications may be filed for 2〜5 people.
  • ・For groups, all runners will start in the same block as the slowest member of the group.
  • ・Group members cannot apply as JAAF competitors.

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Application Policy

  1. 1)The marathon administration is not responsible for any illness, loss, or other accident except to provide emergency services.
  2. 2)Applicants cannot change event type or cancel their application at their own convenience after it has been issued.
  3. 3)Knowingly producing false information about age or gender, and having another runner who is not the applicant participate in the event is not allowed.
  4. 4)Repayments of participation fees, system fees, or charity donations will not be issued in the event of cancellation due to earthquakes, inclement weather, accidents, crime, illness, etc.
  5. 5)Repayments will not be issued for overpaid deposits or multiple deposits.
  6. 6)The rights to publish and use event media, pictures, records, articles, applicant names, years of age, addresses (country of residence and name of state, prefecture, and/or city) on television, newspaper, magazines, internet, etc. belong to the marathon administration.
  7. 7)The marathon administration will handle personal information in accordance with all relevant rules and regulations.
  8. 8)This event will take place in accordance with all relevant rules and regulations.
  9. 9)In addition to the items listed in this application policy, this event will also be hosted in accordance with the Official JAAF Competition Policies.
  10. 10)Legal minors are required to gain the consent of their guardian before applying.

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Notes Regarding the Application Process

  1. 1)Multiple applications by a single applicant will not be accepted. One application is defined as a single individual applying for one event. If it is determined that multiple applications have been made, all applications will be disqualified and any payments made will not be returned.
  2. 2)Knowingly producing false information regarding age, gender, records, etc. and having another runner who is not the applicant participate is not allowed. Any applicants engaging in this practice will have their entry revoked and will be barred from any future Kumamoto Castle Marathons.
  3. 3)Application information cannot be changed, edited, or canceled once it has been sent. If there is an issue with the contents of your application, the marathon office will contact you at the email address or phone number provided in the application.
  4. 4)Raffle results will be sent via email to all marathon applicants, however, if the email address provided is invalid, the marathon administration will not follow-up with the applicant. Only group representatives will be contacted for group applications.
  5. 5)Runners may not have a surrogate participate in the event nor may they transfer their entry privileges to another individual. Any runners engaging in these practices will be disqualified. In the event of disqualification, no compensation will be provided nor will repayments be issued. Also, the applicant and surrogate with both be barred from future Kumamoto Castle Marathons.
  6. 6)The marathon administration is not responsible for any late applications as a result of internet issues or equipment malfunction.
  7. 7)Applicants are required to provide an email address at the time of entry. One contact email address can be registered per applicant. Please prepare an email address before making an application. There may be cases where an application cannot be filed as a result of hardware, OS, and/or browser issues.