The first Kanazawa Marathon will take place on Sunday, 15 November 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in Ishikawa, Kanazawa, Japan. The Kanazawa Marathon 2015, 42.195km course has been certified by both the IAAF and AIMS, making it the only current IAAF-certified marathon course in the Hokuriku region.
The race starts on Hirosaka-dori Street and ends at the Ishikawa Prefecture Seibu Ryokuchi Koen Park Athletics Stadium with a circuit-style course. The course will take runners pass Kanazawa Castle park and the famous Kenrokuen gardens with plenty of opportunities to enjoy the Kanazawa’s charms and historic scenery.
Kanazawa was appointed into the “Crafts and Folk Art” category for UNESCO’s “Creative Cities Network” in 2009 and considerable architectural heritage has been preserved. Other notable attractions include Tsuzumimon, the main entrance to Kanazawa Station, the Oyama-jinja shrine and Kanazawa’s Myoryuji Temple or Ninja-dera (Ninja Temple). Participants should also try the local cuisine known as the traditional Kaga Cuisine.
The event is looking forward to a huge turnout from within and outside Japan and is capped at 12,000 participants. The Kanazawa Marathon Organising Committee hopes to give all entrants unforgettable experiences in Kanazawa, where participants can fully enjoy rich nature, historical cityscape, food and culture.
For more detail on the recommended activities and sightseeing spots, check out this wonderful guide created by Kanazawa City Tourism Association.
The fee of the marathon race will be 10,000 JPY. Registration is already open and will closed on Thursday, 30 April 2015. You must be born before 1 April 1997 in order to be eligible for the race.
For those who are residing outside Japan at the time of application can register online at their official site.