The first Tokyo Marathon was held on 18 February 2007. However, years prior to 2007, Tokyo Marathon actually consisted of two marathons - the Tokyo International Marathon which took place on even years, and Tokyo - New York Friendship International Marathon which took place on odd years. In the inaugural year, 1981, both marathons took place.
“I’ve always been fascinated by Japan and Tokyo going back to my baseball days, a country that loves their baseball as much as they do in the US so I plan on catching a ballgame when I get there to run their iconic marathon.”
Founded by athletes Chris Brasher and John Disley in 1981, it is typically held in April. The largely flat course is set around the River Thames.
“I got to go to London when I was a teenager and was completely blown away. The history, the connection to Australia, how much has changed but how the past and the present merge. To run through one of the most historic and diverse cities in the world - along the Thames and through the winding streets will be amazing.”
The world’s oldest annual marathon
There’s a saying on Patriots day, if you’re not running the marathon, you’re at the ball game, and if you’re not at the ball game you’re spectating the marathon! The locals love this race, Boston Strong.
"For me, Boston is the gem. It’s the first marathon I qualified for but due to Covid, it was cancelled in 2020 but that motivated me to run my first ultra, 80k solo around Sydney. It set me on my journey and I can’t wait to run it for real"
The city's flat course regularly produces fast performances and the marathon world record has been broken in Berlin on 11 occasions.
“I love that Berlin has so many different types of participants: elite runners, in-line skaters, hand-bike, power walkers, wheelchair, even a kids race! How great! It will be amazing to be able to run alongside so many others who love the challenge”
Fourth-largest marathon by runner’s finished worldwide
“The Windy City. Wrigley Field was my absolute favourite place to play. The Ivy on the outfield wall, the fans, the history. I loved playing Baseball in Chicago, such a classic place. To come back and run the marathon will add to such great memories”
Largest marathon in the world with 53,508 participants in 2019
The course is hilly due to bridges, lots of long stretches of road with sky high buildings and millions of spectators and music the entire way! New York always know’s how to move you.
“New York. It’s every runner’s dream. The big city, the tens of thousands of people running it...Doing the New York Marathon has been on my bucket list since I started running.”