Marathon Overview

Kumamoto Castle Marathon 2023 Overview

Event Name
Kumamoto Castle Marathon 2023
Kumamoto Castle Marathon Committee (Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Nichinichi Shimbun, Kumamoto Track & Field Federation)
Managing Parties
Kumamoto Track & Field Federation, Kumamoto City Track & Field Association
Special Support
Kumamoto Prefecture
Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF), Kumamoto Prefecture Board of Education, Kumamoto City Board of Education, Kumamoto Prefecture Sports Association, Kumamoto City Sports Association, NHK Kumamoto, RKK Kumamoto Broadcasting, Television Kumamoto, Kumamoto Kenmin Television, Kumamoto Asahi Broadcasting, FMK, FM791
Various corporations and organizations
Kumamoto Prefecture Sports Association, Kumamoto Prefecture Trucking Association, Kumamoto Prefecture Bus Association, Kumamoto Prefecture Recreation Association, Kumamoto City Traffic Directors Association, Kumamoto City Sports Promotion Committee, Kumamoto City Sports Association, Kumamoto City Taxi Association, Kumamoto City Recreation Association, Kumamoto Board Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kumamoto Hashiro-Kai, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Kyushu Regional Development Bureau Kumamoto River and National Road Office, Higo Bank Girls' Ekiden Club
Time and Date
Sun., Feb. 19, 2023, 9:00 AM start (rain or shine)

Event Types and Details

History Tour Full Marathon
(Supported by the JAAF) (JAAF-certified course)

Number of Participants
Time Limit
7 hours
Participation Requirements
Must be at least 18 years old by date of event (no high school students)
Must be able to complete the course in 6 hours 40 minutes or faster
Participation Fee
¥14,500 (Includes ¥500 system usage fee)

Kanakuri Memorial Kumanichi 30-Kilo Road Race
(Cosponsored by the Kyushu Athletics Federation, supported by the JAAF) (JAAF-certified course)

Number of Participants
Time Limit
Must reach the final 28.3 km gate by 10:58 AM
Participation Requirements
Must be born on Apr. 1, 2004 or later (no high school students) and registered member of the JAAF
Participation Fee
¥6,000 (Includes ¥500 system usage fee)

Jokamachi Fun Run

Number of Participants
Time Limit
1 hour 15 minutes
Participation Requirements
Must be a junior high school student or older
Participation Fee
¥4,000 (Includes ¥500 system usage fee)
  1. *1: Time limits are measured from the starting gun.
  2. *2: Due to traffic, security, and operational considerations, gates are placed along the History Tour Full Marathon and Kanakuri Memorial Kumanichi 30-Kilo Road Race courses that participants must pass through by a certain time or be disqualified. In addition, the host reserves the right to disqualify a participant at other points during a race if the participant's progress is exceptionally slow and would delay the reopening of roads.
  3. *3: Participants in the Jokamachi Fun Run whose progress is exceptionally slow (those who cannot complete the Karashima Park-Densha Dori interval by 9:45) will be disqualified so that the roads can be reopened at 10:00.
  4. *4: After the participant drawing, each selected participant must pay a ¥500 system usage fee.
Event Rules
Based on the 2022 JAAF Rules and the Kumamoto Castle Marathon Rules
Reception Times
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 17, 2023
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Sat., Feb. 18, 2023
  • Reception is closed on the day of the event (Sun., Feb. 19)
  • Reception is closed during times other than those shown above
  • Each participant must show a valid ID to verify their identity at reception. (No one may register on a participant's behalf)
  • Participants without valid IDs will not be registered at reception.
Reception Location
Hanabata Hirioba Square
Regarding Personal Information and Portrayal Rights
  1. The host understands the importance of personal information and shall handle personal information in accordance with its own personal information protection policies based on the relevant laws and regulations. Personal information will be used to improve services offered to participants, such as providing participants with event information, notifying records and other post-event information, and taking questionnaires.
    Personal information may be provided to third parties such as public health organizations, medical facilities, etc., in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. *Participants may be contacted by the host or the Kumamoto Castle Marathon Committee to confirm application details.
  2. The host reserves the right to publish or otherwise portray images, photos, articles, records, etc., of the event, including the surrounding expo as well as participant information including names, ages, addresses (countries, prefectures, and municipalities), etc., on TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, the internet, and any other media.
Other Notes
  1. No refunds of participation fees, etc., will be issued if the event is cancelled due to circumstances outside of the host's responsibility.
  2. If the event is cancelled by the host in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the hosting party will take into account the timing of the cancellation decision and expenses incurred up until that point while determining whether to issue refunds and take other necessary measures.
  3. Participants should train appropriately in preparation for the event, receive a physical health check, etc., in order to participate in peak physical condition.
  4. The host assumes no responsibility for delay in arrival of participants due to issues with public transportation or road conditions on the day of the event.
  5. The host reserves the right to halt participants' progress during the event in order to allow emergency vehicles to pass through the course, etc.
  6. The event will take place rain or shine. If rainy weather is forecasted, participants should prepare appropriately by bringing rain coats or covers to wear while running, etc.
  7. Participants should follow the host's instructions regarding any other points related to the event.
  8. Regarding receipts of participation fee payment:
    • When paying with a credit card:
      A receipt will not be issued. The payment summary or invoice from the credit card company will serve as the receipt of payment.
    • When paying at a convenience store:
      A receipt will not be issued. The payment stub will serve as the receipt of payment.
  9. Participants with visual or other sensory impairments who have difficulty running on their own may run in the event accompanied by one guide runner. (Running with a guide dog is not allowed.)
  10. Participants may not use wheelchairs to participate in the event.

Inquiries regarding applications

Kumamoto Castle Marathon Committee
Phone: 096-328-2373