Kumamoto Castle Marathon 2024 Overview

Event Name
Kumamoto Castle Marathon 2024
Kumamoto Castle Marathon Committee, Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Nichinichi Shinbun, 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 (To be announced)
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, Kumamoto University Disaster Medical Education and Research Center
Time and Date
Sun. Feb. 18, 2024, 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 ¥750 system usage fee)

Kanakuri Memorial Kumanichi 30k 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, 2005 or later (no high school students) and be a 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 30k 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 who cannot complete the Sun Road Shinshigai section and cross the Densha Dori intersection by 9:45, or whose progress is otherwise exceptionally slow, will be asked to stop running the course so that the roads can be reopened.
  4. *4: After the participant drawing, each selected participant must pay a ¥500 system usage fee (¥750 for Full Marathon participants).
Event Rules
Based on the 2023 JAAF Rules and the Kumamoto Castle Marathon Rules
Reception Times
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Fri., Feb. 16, 2024
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM, Sat., Feb. 17, 2024
  • Reception is closed on the day of the event (Sun., Feb. 18)
  • Reception is closed during times other than those shown above
  • A facial recognition system will be used to verify participants' identities.
  • Participants must sign up at reception themselves. It is not possible for another person to do reception processing on your behalf.
Reception Location
Hanabata Hiroba 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.
  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. If the event is cancelled due to circumstances outside of the host's responsibility, the host 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.
  2. Participants should train appropriately in preparation for the event, receive a physical health check, etc., in order to participate in peak physical condition.
  3. 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.
  4. The host reserves the right to halt participants' progress during the event in order to allow emergency vehicles to pass through the course, etc.
  5. 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.
  6. The Kumamoto Castle Marathon Execution Committee may contact participants to confirm details of their application.
  7. 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.
  8. Participants with visual or other sensory impairments who have difficulty running on their own may run in the event accompanied by one guide runner.
    * No participation fee is required for a guide runner.
    * Running with a guide dog is not permitted.
  9. Participants may not use wheelchairs to participate in the event.
  10. Accident insurance for all participants will be covered by a group contract entered into by the host.
  11. Participants should follow the host's instructions regarding any items other than the aforementioned.

Kumamoto Castle Marathon Guidelines for Running Gear

To all runners:

We ask for your compliance with the following so that all participants and spectators of the Kumamoto Castle Marathon can have a pleasant and comfortable experience.


It is prohibited to run in clothing that violates the event rules, other rules and regulations, or public decency standards, as well as any clothing or accessory that could create discomfort among other runners or spectators, or otherwise is inappropriate for an athletic event.

The host may, upon judging that a participant's running gear is inappropriate, deny that participant entry into the event or instruct them to stop competing, even if the race is already underway.

Please understand that participants who are denied entry or asked to stop competing will have no recourse against the host's decision.

Some specific examples of inappropriate items are as follows.

Anything that could injure, trip, or otherwise be dangerous to other runners
  • Swords, poles, metal decorations, etc., that could injure other runners
  • Long or large objects, such as banners or flags
  • Long-hemmed skirts, kimonos, over-sized shoes, or any items that could trip the wearer
  • Masks or helmets that severely narrow the wearer's field of vision or otherwise impair their ability to be aware and careful of their surroundings
Anything that could make other runners or spectators uncomfortable, or which is otherwise inappropriate for an athletic event
  • Running nude or in underwear
  • Suggestive costumes, etc.
Anything that promotes political or religious positions or which is worn to promote a business or product
  • Sashes with political parties, clothing with political or religious messages printed on them, etc.
Anything with unauthorized use of trademarks or copyrighted designs.
  • Homemade costumes of famous characters, etc.

We appreciate your kind cooperation for everyone's safety and enjoyment!

Inquiries regarding applications

Kumamoto Castle Marathon Committee
Phone: 096-328-2373