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Kumamoto Castle Marathon 熊本城マラソン

Kumamoto Castle Marathon
Kumamoto Castle Marathon

Watch and even join one of Kyushu's biggest running events—the Kumamoto Castle Marathon

Since 2012, the annual Kumamoto Castle Marathon event has been gaining popularity. The February event has so many entries that they have to narrow it down to 12,000 runners. The race is held around the city's major tourist attraction, Kumamoto Castle .

Don't Miss

  • If you want to race, plan way ahead—you must submit your application by September of the year before the event
  • The Reconstruction Challenge Fun Run for up to 1,500 runners
  • Touring the castle

How to Get There

The Kumamoto Castle Marathon starts at Kumamoto Castle in Kumamoto City . Reach the castle by public transportation and on foot.

From Kumamoto Station, take the tram to Kumamoto Castle . The ride takes 15 minutes. You can also walk directly to the castle in 30 to 45 minutes.

During the event, roads are closed down, and traffic in the city is diverted. Check the official marathon website for route details.

A marathon, road race, and fun run

Marathon participants must be at least 18 years of age and be able to complete to course in under seven hours. There is also a 30-kilometer road race for up to 150 runners and a Reconstruction Challenge Fun Run for up to 1,500 runners.

Keep warm in the cold weather

The marathon takes place on a Sunday in February. While it is usually a clear and rain-free day, the weather can be cold, so runners are encouraged to dress appropriately.

The course starts at Kumamoto Castle and crosses over the Shira River five times before looping back up to the finish line. Hopeful entrants must submit their application by September of the year before the race.

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