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Tokyo Marathon, Japan

Date: 28th February 2016

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The Tokyo Marathon has joined the ranks of the Marathon Majors, lining up alongside London, Boston,  Berlin, Chicago and New York as the newest member of this exculsive club.

Not only that, but it is also the 10th anniversary of this event that has reached maturity incredibly quickly.

Runner's have two reasons to travel; one is for the race, of course, but the second is to experience running in a different culture. There are few cultural experiences that are so discernibly different to the UK than Japan.

We travelled with our group last two years and ran the race. It is a fast course and exceptionally well organised, from easy access to the baggage trucks and getting to the start corals to the super-slick handling of the finish line, with baggage ready to hand to you as you approach the giant indoor hanger containing the bags, which also houses the recovery area and family reunion.

Tokyo is a facinating city with a mix of the old and new and the Tokyo Marathon course takes you on a journey through all the districts from the Metropolitan Government office, around the Imperial Palace, past the Tokyo Tower, Ginza District, Tokyo Station, Asakusa Kaminarimon Gate - the oldest temple in Tokyo - and finishing on the waterfront at Tokyo Big Sight.

SPECIAL FOR 2016: EACH OF OUR TRAVELLERS WILL RECEIVE A SPECIAL EDITION 'ASICS 10TH ANNIVERSARY TOKYO MARATHON' RUNNING JACKET. This special jacket will not be available to purchase at the race and will be a true collectors piece - our runners from 2015 adored them.

Race time limit: 7hrs 

Average temp: 12C

Age limit: 19 years +

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