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Japan Marathon Championship Series
Selection Trials for the 2022 World Athletics Championships Oregon
Selection Trials for the 2022 Asian Games Hangzho
Marathon Grand Championship challenge
Organized by : Japan Association of Athletics Federations
The Asahi Shimbun
TV Asahi Corporation
Kyushu Asahi Broadcasting Co., Ltd.
Supported by : Fukuoka Prefecture
Fukuoka Prefecture Board of Education
Fukuoka City
Fukuoka City Board of Education
Fukuoka National Highway Office
The Nikkan Sports Shimbun
Officiated by : Fukuoka Amateur Athletic Association
Date : Sunday, December 5, 2021 (12:10 p.m. start)
Course : Fukuoka Asahi International Marathon Course (42.195 km)
(Heiwadai Athletic Stadium -> Circuit around the southwest area of Fukuoka City -> Turning point at Kashi)
In addition to the marathon finishing time, times for 15 km, 20 km, halfway point, 25 km, and 30 km will also be certified.
Note that only those competitors who finish the race are eligible to have their times certified.
Eligibility :
1) Male runners who have met the following standards in an official event of the WA or an AIMS certified race from December 1, 2018 through the date of application, and who will be aged 19 years or older on the day of the race.
i) Marathon: 2 hours and 24 minutes or less (limited to the top 110 applicants)
ii) Half marathon: 1 hour and 04 minutes or less (limited to the top 5 applicants)
*The start line for all competitors will be at Heiwadai Athletic Stadium.
*Restrictions may be placed on the number of competitors in the event that the marathon is held on a reduced scale due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or other factors.
*For records, submit a record certificate or the records section of Track & Field Magazine (photocopies of both are acceptable). The record certificate should prove that the time shown on the certificate was recorded as a registered member of JAAF in an official event.
If you have lost your record certificate or have a finisher certificate that does not prove the above, please apply to the prefectural athletics association that organized the race to have your record certificate reissued and send the new certificate. If your time was recorded in the Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship, you do not need to send a record certificate. (In the case of Track & Field Magazine, please indicate the issue and page number.)
2) Male competitors recommended by the race organizers
3) Male competitors invited by the race organizers
4) Competitors who are expected to be eligible to enter and stay in Japan as of September 14 (Tue.), the start date of applications.
*Competitors must comply with the Japanese government's "Border enforcement measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19)".
*Competitors may be required to undergo additional quarantine measures, even if entry and stay in Japan are permitted.
Race Regulations : The race shall be conducted in accordance with the latest World Athletics (WA)/JAAF Competition Rules, and other regulations set out by the race organizers.
In addition, as this is an elite label event recognized by WA, WA Road Race Label Regulations and WA Advertising Regulations will also apply.
Please note that these differ in some respects to Japanfs national regulations, such as the permitted size of the logo on the uniform.
Entry Fee : 16,500 Japanese yen (including consumption tax)
Application Method : Applications can be made during the below application period. To apply, please visit the Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship Official Website (
Applicants are required to apply for RUNNET GLOBAL membership registration in advance (free of charge). A separate entry fee of 5.5% (tax inc.) applies. Payment method can be selected at the time of application (credit card or payment at a convenience store).
In addition to the above application, applicants are to send a copy of documents certifying their personal records (see the Eligibility section) by Monday, September 27, 2021 via post (postmarked on or before September 27, 2021) or email to the Fukuoka International Marathon Secretariat.
Applications will not be accepted without these documents.
[Fukuoka International Marathon Secretariat]
2-1-1 Hakata-ekimae, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka City 812-8511, Japan
Tel : +81-92-411-1137
Email :
*Record certificates can be sent in either JPEG or PDF file formats.
*Applicants will be notified of the results of the selection process (i.e. whether or not they can participate) by the end of October.
Application Period : September 14 (Tue.), 1 p.m. (JST) - September 27 (Mon.), 5 p.m. (JST)
Certificates sent via post should be postmarked no later than September 27.
Race :
1) Checkpoints shall close upon the following race times. Traffic restrictions shall be lifted immediately after the closure of the respective checkpoints. Late competitors shall not be allowed to continue the race.
Distance 5km 10km 15km 20km 25km 30km 35km 40km
Race time 18:15 36:30 54:00 1:11:30 1:29:00 1:46:30 2:04:45 2:23:00
2) At each checkpoint, if race officials deem a competitor is unable to reach the next checkpoint in time, then the competitor may be required to drop out of the race.
3) Competitors who do not reach a checkpoint before closing, or those who are required to drop out of the race shall remove their athlete bibs and board a pickup vehicle.
4) During the race, competitors may be stopped at junctions or pedestrian crossings to allow vehicles or pedestrians to cross depending on traffic conditions or in case of emergency.
In such instances, please follow the instructions of officials.
Competitor Check-in : Competitor check-in shall be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on December 4 (Sat), at the Nishitetsu Grand Hotel (2-6-60 Daimyo, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City Tel: +81-92-771-7171) Competitors must adhere to the above times. No applications will be accepted after 7:00 p.m.
Awards : After the race has finished, awards will be given to the top eight finishers.

Personal Information Policy

1) When handling personal information, the Organizers shall observe the Act on the Protection of Personal Information and related laws and ordinances.
1. Use of personal information for the purpose of holding the race
Please note that acquired personal information may be used for race management, including but not limited to the determination of eligibility, editing and production of the official program, record announcements and the official website, as well as coordinating as needed with organizations including but not limited to the WA.Personal information may also be used for the purpose of media coverage by the Organizers and Supporting Organizations, as well as for the supply of services by cosponsoring, cooperating and related organizations, etc.
2. Use of personal information for the purpose of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection control measures and the supply of such information to third parties In order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 infections, competitors shall submit a health check sheet.The purpose of this health check sheet is to confirm the state of health of competitors as a means of reducing the risk of infection spreading during the race.Personal information provided on this check sheet shall be treated as strictly confidential, and shall only be used to ascertain the state of health of competitors, judge whether or not they are fit to take part, and to contact them should the need arise.Personal information shall not be provided to third parties without the consent of the individual concerned with the exception of cases permitted by law, such as the Act on the Protection of Personal Information. However, in the event that infected individuals or individuals suspected of infection are discovered at the race venue, personal information shall be supplied to health centers, etc. within the necessary scope.
2) The race may be broadcast on television or on the Internet via video.
3) The use of images of the race by third parties without the permission of the Organizers is prohibited (including the distribution of images and videos on the Internet).
4) Images of the race including but not limited to photos, articles, personal records may be used by the Organizers and third parties approved by the Organizers for PR purposes in the program, posters and other PR materials for the race, and in such media as TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and the Internet.
Doping Control :
1) This event is subject to doping control in accordance with the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules and Regulations or the Japan Anti-Doping Regulations. Urine or blood (or both) will be collected for doping testing before or after the event. Competitors must undergo testing as instructed.
2) If a competitor needs to use a prohibited substance or prohibited method stipulated in the prohibited list of the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions for medical reasons, that competitor must submit a TUE application. For details, see the website of the JAAF Medical Committee ( or the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (
3) If you are requested to take a doping test during the race, you will be required to provide photo identification. Please bring a copy of your student ID, employee ID, driver's license, passport, or other valid form of personal identification with a clear facial photo.
4) Competitors who refuse to take or avoid taking a doping test (regardless of the type of sample, such as urine or blood) conducted at the event, who fail to follow the instructions of the personnel administering the test, or who fail to complete the doping test procedures due to personal circumstances, such as that they are travelling home, may be in violation of anti-doping regulations. In the event of an anti-doping rule violation, the competitor will be subject to sanctions or other action in accordance with the Japan Anti-Doping Regulations.
5) Competitors who take a blood test, whether during the race or outside the race, should be aware that they will need to rest for two hours after racing/exercising so that a sample of their blood can be taken.
6) For more detailed information on the Japan Anti-Doping Regulations and doping testing, please visit the Japan Anti-Doping Agency website (
Novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) measures :
1) The Organizers shall administer the race by taking every possible step to prevent the spread of infection, ensuring that all infection control measures are implemented based on the JAAF's "Guidance on the resumption of road racing."
2) Competitors who refuse to comply with the COVID-19 infection control measures set out by the Organizers shall not be allowed to run in the race.
3) As a measure to stop the spread of COVID-19, etc., the organizers will send out PCR tests by post to be taken by competitors in advance of the race. The procedures and schedule for these tests will be announced later. If your test result is not negative, you will be allowed to participate in the race only on condition that you submit a gCertificate of Negative Test Resulth issued by a hospital or other medical facility at your own cost and responsibility.
4) The content of these guidelines may be added to or changed depending on the state of infection or at the request of the Japanese government, municipal authorities, etc.
Miscellaneous :
1) Competitors must ensure to undergo a health check by a medical doctor beforehand. The organizers will provide first-aid treatment in the event of an accident occurring during the race, etc., but will accept no liability for any other forms of medical treatment. Please bring your health insurance card just in case.
2) Competitor check-in is only available during the hours specified above.
3) During competitor check-in, competitors will need to present a valid form of photographic ID for verification purposes. Check-in by proxy will not be accepted.
4) Competitors will not be accepted without a valid form of photographic ID.
5) Only competitors who have correctly completed the check-in procedures will be allowed to run in the race.
6) From assembly to conferral of awards, competitors' clothing such as uniforms and other items they are wearing must comply with the revised WA advertising regulations. These regulations place much tighter restrictions than the advertising (club name) displays permitted in Japan's domestic competitions. On the front of the uniform, the competitor's sponsor name, club name, etc. can be displayed in 2 locations along with the manufacturerfs name, both of which must be a rectangle with a maximum height of 5 cm and a total area of up to 40 cm2. Nothing is permitted on the back of the uniform. The same items displayed on the front of the uniform can be displayed on clothing worn on the lower half of the body up to the same size. Competitors starting in Group A will have their uniforms inspected during the 1st call-up. If uniforms are found to be in violation of the regulations, any displayed advertising etc. may be covered with masking tape.
7) In addition, videos or photographs of the marathon taken by competitors/third parties without the permission of the Organizer must not be used for commercial purposes, including on social networking services (this applies irrespective of whether the party concerned is a company, organization, competitor, or other individual).
8) Competitors who are forced to withdraw from the race after participation has been decided shall submit a notification of abstention to the secretariat.
9) Cancellations of applications due to personal circumstances cannot be accepted.
10) Entry fees are non-refundable, even when the race is cancelled or suspended due to earthquakes, storms, floods, snowfall, contingent events, accidents, epidemics, infectious diseases, and situations similar to these, including cases in which competitors are not permitted to participate.
11) The size of trademarks on clothing of competitors and items carried by competitors into the stadium (including the training space) must comply with the international regulations concerning advertising and exhibited items for this event.
12) In regard to the displaying of flags and banners on the course roadside and inside the stadium, only the competitor's name is permitted, so long as these are not affixed to buildings but held by hand. The displaying of company names etc. to which competitors belong is prohibited.
13) The race shall be implemented in compliance with all related laws and regulations in Japan.
14) In addition to the terms specified above, the race is held in accordance with competition rules prescribed separately by the Organizer.
15) Competitors shall not be permitted to participate in the race in the event they fail to comply with the Marathon Guidelines, Race Regulations, etc., or do not follow the instructions of the Organizer. Competitors found to have been in violation of any of the above after having crossed the finishing line shall have their finishing position and record erased.
16) In the event of harm caused to the racefs administration through acts which are in violation of Japanese laws, the Marathon Guidelines, Race Regulations, etc., or from failure to follow the instructions of the Organizer, the Organizer reserves the right to take legal action against the individual concerned, such as through a claim for damages.
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