Event Name Kobe Marathon 2018
Organizers Hyogo Prefectural Government / Kobe City / Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education /
Kobe City Board of Education / Hyogo Amateur Athletic Association
Co-organizers The Kobe Shimbun / The Asahi Shimbun Company
Planning and Administration Kobe Marathon Committee
Managing Organization Hyogo Amateur Athletic Association
Supporting Organizations (Planned) Japan Association of Athletics Federations / Hyogo Amateur Sports Association /
Kobe City Education and Sports Association / Community Sports Commissioners Hyogo /
Community Sports Commissioners Kobe / Hyogo Sports Association for the Disabled /
Kobe City Council of Social Welfare / Hyogo Association of Sports Club 21 Hyogo /
The Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hyogo Prefecture /
Kobe City Shopping Street Federation / The Hyogo Prefecture Medical Association /
Kobe Medical Association / Hyogo Nursing Association / Hyogo Firefighters Association /
Kobe Fire Brigade / Hyogo Volunteer Association / Hyogo Tourism Association /
Kobe Tourism Bureau / West Japan Railway Company / Kansai Railway Association /
Hyogo Bus Association / Hyogo Trucking Association / Hyogo Taxi Association /
Hyogo Economic Research Institute / Japan Broadcasting Corporation, KOBE Broadcasting Station /
Sun-TV / Asahi Broadcasting Corporation / Radio Kansai
Special Sponsor Sysmex Corporation
Sponsors (Planned) The Minato Bank, Ltd. / SHIROYAMA Co., Ltd. / Sanyo Electric Railway Co., Ltd. / ASICS Corporation /
Meiji Co., Ltd. / Yamazaki Baking Co., Ltd. / Rokko Butter Co., Ltd. / Kobe New Transit Co., Ltd. /
The Dai-Ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited, / TOA Corporation / Rock Field Co., Ltd. /
Hyogo Consumer Cooperative / PhotoCreate Co., Ltd. / KINKI NIPPON TOURIST KANSAI CO., LTD. /
SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES, LTD. / Tominaga Boeki Kaisha, Ltd. / Kanetetsu Delica Foods Inc. /
ASAHI BREWERIES, LTD. / R-bies, INC. / Fujicco Co., Ltd. / Kobe Toyopet Corporation /
J:COM West Co., Ltd. / Daiwa House Group / Skymark Airlines Inc. / Kobe Steel, Ltd

Marathon (42.195 km)

Date & Time Sunday, November 18, 2018
Starts at 9:00 / Finishes at 16:00
*Wave starts will be set and announced at a later date.
Course Start: Kobe City Municipal Office
Turning point: West side of Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge (Nishi-Maiko, Tarumi Ward)
Finish: Port Island (near Shimin Hiroba)
(Course to be certified by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations, the International Association of Athletics Federations and the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS))
Competition Rules The competition rules are in accordance with the 2018 regulations of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the Japan Association of Athletics Federations and those of this event. Because this is a bronze label race certified by the IAAF, the IAAF Label Road Race regulations also apply. Doping tests will be carried out under IAAF regulations.
Type of Entry / Category / Maximum Number of Entrants / Time Limits / Entry Fee
Type of Entry Category Maximum
Number of Entrants
Time Limits Entry Fee
Individual Entry General 1,200 7 hours
※1 ※2
(Entry fee includes an
administration fee and¥100
donation to charity) ※3


Entries in the Kobe Marathon in English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) and Korean should use the website JTB Sports Station, owned and operated by JTB Western Japan Corp.



Entries in English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified) and Korean in the Kobe Marathon are limited to entries for foreign nationals in Japan and foreign nationals or Japanese nationals resident overseas.

This site is not for Japanese nationals residing in Japan. Any entry attempted by a Japanese national residing in Japan on this site will be invalid. Please note that if payment has been made for a Japanese national residing in Japan, no refund can be provided. Japanese nationals residing in Japan are asked to use the Kobe Marathon Japanese-language entry site (RUNNET).

海外国籍(日本以外の国籍)の方 日本国籍の方
居住地 海外
○ 可能 ○ 可能
日本国内 ○ 可能 × 無効


Note: Entry from the JTB Sports Station site
Foreign (non-Japanese) nationals Japanese nationals
Place of residence Overseas
(outside Japan)
○ Yes ○ Yes
Japan ○ Yes × Invalid

→Please enter through Kobe Marathon website,
Japanese-language version (Runnet).
If a Japanese national residing in Japan inadvertently
applies through the site for foreign nationals
and makes payment, that entry will be invalid and
no entry or other fees can be refunded.)

  1. Time limits are based on the first signal gun time.
  2. Cut-off times are set at each checkpoint due to the limited duration of traffic control, security, and event operation. The cut-off times will be announced when the wave start details are decided. Those entrants who will reach checkpoints after time limits should stop the race. Check points may be carried out at any time during the race.
  3. Charity proceeds will be utilized by the Kobe Marathon Friendship Bank.
  4. Entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Entry will be through the JTB Sports Station site, and will be confirmed upon confirmation of payment of the entry fee. Please note that no refund can be made once payment procedure has completed. (An exception will be made for foreign nationals in Japan who miss out on selection in the lottery.)
  5. Please check your input carefully as no changes to name or runner information can be accepted after entry is confirmed. An exception will be made for reasonable cause such as marriage or change of address.
  6. Please note that once entry is confirmed, changes of entrants cannot be permitted.

Athletes born on or before April 1, 2000

  • Runners (including those from Japan and abroad recommended by the organizers) should be capable of completing the race within 6 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Clothing or fancy dress that violates public order or morals or is inappropriate for a sports event will not be allowed.
  • Above event is limited to non-wheelchair users. Disabled entrants (those holding a disability card) who cannot run solo are permitted one accompanying runner (but not a seeing eye dog).
Entry Application
  1. How to apply
    Please apply online at http://kobe-marathon.net/2018/english/
    But first, you must register as a member at the JTB Sports Station. You must agree to the terms of use of the JTB Sports Station membership and complete membership registration there before you can enter.
  2. Period
    From 10:00 a.m. April 5 (Thursday) to 11:59 p.m. July 4, 2018 (Wednesday) (*Japan Standard Time)

    First-come, first-served basis

  3. Entry fee payment
    After completing your application at the JTB Sports Station site, you must confirm that entry fee payment has been completed according to the instructions.
    Even if you have completed your application, if payment of the entry fee is not received by the designated due date, your participation will not be confirmed and your application will be invalidated.
  4. Determining who will participate
    Entry will be confirmed upon completion of payment of the entry fee.
    Please note that entry applications will be closed when the maximum allowable number of entrants is reached.
  5. Cautions
    Disabled applicants (holders of disability cards) should complete the required parts of the application.
  1. Check-in Dates & Time:
    Friday, November 16, 2018: 1:00 pm - 8:00 pm (planned as latest time for admission)
    Saturday, November 17, 2018: Time: 10:00 am - 7:00 pm (planned as latest time for admission)
  2. Location: Expo Venue, Kobe International Exhibition Hall
  • Note that check-in will be closed on the actual marathon day (November 19). Entrants may not check in outside the times stated above.
  • Escort runners should also check in at the above times.
  • At the time of check-in, the entrant's identity will be confirmed (the entrant must present in person).
  • Check-in will be refused if the entrant fails to show identification documents.
  • Those with disabilities must bring their disability card.
  1. Overall: Awards will be presented to the top eight men and the top eight women runners.
  2. By Age Group: Awards will be presented to the top eight men and the top eight women runners for each five-year age group.

    Excluding the Overall and Kobe Marathon Japan Top Eight award recipients

  3. Kobe Marathon Japan Top Eight: Top eight men and top eight women runners resident in Japan (nationality irrelevant).

Certificates will be mailed at a later date.

Doping Control Doping testing will be conducted in accordance with the anti-doping regulations of the IAAF and Japan Anti-Doping Agency. The organizers will take urine and/or blood for this testing before (or after) the race. Qualified personnel will conduct the tests according to instructions. Non JAAF-registered athletes must also comply with this regulation. Please bring a copy of your passport with a clear facial photo. A copy of your passport will be required if you are requested to take the doping test.
TUE Applications Runners who must use, for the treatment of an illness, a prohibited substance or method listed under the Prohibited List International Standard must apply for a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE).
For details, please visit the Japan Association of Athletics Federation (JAAF) website: http://www.jaaf.or.jp/medical/index.html (Japanese only), or the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) website: http://www.playtruejapan.org (Japanese only).
To all minor athletes
who will be
participating in the Kobe Marathon
Acquisition of doping testing
consent form from
parents of athletes
who are minors
In accordance with a revision to WADA, the international standards and JADA, effective January 1, 2015, when a minor athlete (under 20 years old) participates in a competition it is necessary to obtain a signed consent form for doping control testing from the athlete’s parental authorities.
a) Minors participating in this race must carefully read the consent form, bring the original signed and stamped copy to the race and carry it with them. The consent form can also be downloaded from:
http://www.jaaf.or.jp/pdf/doisho.pdf (Japanese only)
b) If a minor athlete is selected for a doping control test, the original form will be submitted to the testing laboratory by the NFR (national federation representative). It is only necessary to submit an original consent form once as a minor. If an athlete is selected for a doping control test for a second time as a minor after having previously submitted a consent form, inform the NFR that an original form has already been submitted. If a doping control test is performed at the race venue without submission of an original consent form, an original consent form must be submitted to the JAAF office within 7 days after the testing.
  1. Entry fees will not be refunded in the event the Kobe Marathon is cancelled due to reasons beyond the control of the organizers (some type of warning, earthquake, wind or flood damage, snowfall, incident, accident, disease, etc.).
  2. This event shall be implemented in compliance with all the relevant laws and regulations of Japan.

The organizers acknowledge the importance of personal information and will comply with laws and regulations relating to the protection of personal information and will handle personal information based on the organizers’ personal information protection policy.
This information will be used for such purposes as drawings, entry information, notices of records achieved, notification of related information, provision of services from Kobe Marathon sponsors, supporters, co-organizers and related organizations, first-aid treatment and coordination with medical institutions and for the announcement of records (including rankings) with the aim of improving service to entrants in this event.
*Note that the organizers or the Kobe Marathon Runner Call Center may use your personal information to contact you and confirm information related to your application.

Participation Prizes Participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt as a prize for participating. Please enter a size, referring to the size chart below (JASPO standards).
Men’s(Unit: cm)
Size S M L XL 2XL
162~168 167~173 172~178 177~183 182~188
85~91 89~95 93~99 97~103 101~107
Women’s(Unit: cm)
Size S M L XL
152~158 157~163 162~168 167~173
77~83 80~86 83~89 86~92
  • If no T-shirt size is specified at application, both men and women will receive the M-size.
  • Men may not select a woman’s T-shirt and women may not select a man’s T-shirt.
  • Please note that women’s T-shirts are rather tight. Please take care when selecting your size.
  • Please note that circumstances may prevent some applicants getting the size they want.
  • T-shirt sizes may not be changed after you have registered.
Entry Fee and Administration Fee
Application method Payment
Entry fee
(including admin. fee)
Application for charity goods ※1 Total
(JTB Sports Station)
Credit card ¥13,700 No charity goods
Additional charge: None
1) With charity number card
Additional charge: ¥1,000
2) With charity number card and original item
Additional charge: ¥3,000
  1. The information on the charity number card may not be accepted if the organizers deem that a company name, product name, or similar is unsuitable.