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What is Sysmex KOBE MARATHON ONLINE by ASICS Runkeeper?

The Kobe Marathon will hold an online marathon to provide an opportunity for all runners to enjoy running.
Let’s complete the race by choosing an event that matches your physical strength and running ability while paying close attention to countermeasures against infectious diseases.
We are looking forward to your challenges!


This is an online event where you can run 3km, 5km, 10km, half marathon (21.0975 km), or marathon (42.195 km) in a single measurement.

Entry Window Oct 15, 2021 (Fri) 12:00 PM(JST) - Oct 28, 2021 (Thu) 9:00 PM(JST)
Race Window Nov 1, 2021 (Mon) 12:00 AM(JST)- Nov 21, 2021 (Sun) 9:00 PM(JST)

Application Guidelines

Organizers Kobe Marathon Executive Committee
Sponsor Sysmex Corporation
Cooperation ASICS Corporation

1. Marathon(42.195km)

2. Half Marathon(21.0975km)

3. 10km

4. 5km

5. 3km

Race Window Nov 1, 2021 (Mon) 12:00 AM(JST)- Nov 21, 2021 (Sun) 9:00 PM(JST)
Participants 200 runners (For those living outside of Japan)
Entry Fee Free
Entry Requirement
  • Those who live abroad (outside of Japan) and were born before April 1, 2003
  • Participants must have a smartphone and be able to download the ASICS Runkeeper fitness tracking app.
  • Participants must be able to run safely and securely in their respective regions, taking into account the situation of the new coronavirus.
Entry Window Oct 15, 2021 (Fri) 12:00 PM(JST) - Oct 28, 2021 (Thu) 9:00 PM(JST)
※Applications will be closed once the quota is reached.
How to Apply Please sign up on the application website (RaceRoster).
  • The acceptance of applications will start at 12:00 (noon) on Friday, October 15.(JST)
  • Each person can participate in only one event.
    If applications for more than one event are found, all events applied for will be disqualified.
  • Please read the terms and conditions for the application carefully before applying.
How to Participate
  • When you apply, please create an account for or log in to a fitness tracking app “ASICS Runkeeper” and select the event you wish to participate in.
  • Participation can only be done through the fitness tracking app “ASICS Runkeeper.”
  • The distance of the participating event needs to be completed in a single measurement.
Awards No awards will be presented.

Application terms

  1. This event is not intended to be a time competition. Please take care to avoid heat stroke, hypothermia, etc., according to your own physical strength and condition, and take it easy on yourself.
  2. Please participate in the event under safe weather conditions, and take safety into consideration by using athletic parks or riverbeds for the running course. If you have no choice but to run at night, please wear reflective materials and lights to prevent traffic accidents.
  3. If you have no choice but to use public roads, please obey traffic signals and comply with the Road Traffic Act and other laws and regulations.  
  4. In order to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection, please refrain from gathering in large groups or running in densely populated areas such as downtown. If more than one person is running together, please make sure that there is enough space between them. In addition, in light of the prevalence of the new coronavirus and other infectious diseases, please participate in this event while taking appropriate measures against infectious diseases, referring to declarations, recommendations, guidelines, etc. issued by the government, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, local governments, public health centers, WHO (World Health Organization), etc.  
  5. Do not interfere with general traffic or otherwise cause inconvenience to those around you (e.g., multiple vehicles running side by side across the width of the road).  
  6. The organizer will not be responsible for any illness, injury, loss, or accident that may occur to the participant during or after the event.
  7. The organizer's accident insurance does not apply to this event.  
  8. The organizer recognizes the importance of personal information, complies with the Act on the Protection of Personal Information and related laws and regulations, and handles personal information in accordance with the organizer's personal information protection policy. Participants' personal information will be used for the purpose of planning, organizing, and holding this event, including providing information on how to participate in this event, providing information related to this event, and sending out participation prizes.  
  9. If any obvious irregularity is observed in terms of distance traveled, pace, etc., the competitor will be disqualified.  
  10. Minors must obtain the consent of a parent or guardian before applying.  
  11. The organizer will not be responsible for any omission of measurement due to application or application malfunction caused by internet equipment or line malfunction.  
  12. You may not be able to apply depending on the terminal, OS, or browser software you are using. 
  13. This event shall be conducted in compliance with all relevant laws.
  14. The organizer reserves the right to publish records, rankings, names, ages, and addresses of participants (prefecture, city, town, and village) related to this event on television, in newspapers, magazines, and on the Internet, and participants agree to this. 

Notes on using ASICS Runkeeper

Notes on using ASICS Runkeeper

Sysmex Kobe Marathon Online by ASICS Runkeeper  (the “Event”) participants are required to use the ASICS Runkeeper mobile application (the “App”) to track your run to participate in the Event.   Please read these Event Terms of Use for ASICS Runkeeper (the “Terms”) before using the App for the Event. 

  • Event Rules/T&Cs
    - By participating in the Event, the Event participants (“Participants” or “you”) agree to and shall abide by the Event Rules and Terms & Conditions, guidelines or any other instructions given by Kobe Marathon Committee (the “Event Organizer”). ASICS Corporation, ASICS Digital Inc., their subsidiaries and affiliates (collectively, “ASICS”) will bear no responsibility for any measures or decisions taken by the Event Organizer resulting from your breach of or a failure to comply with any of such Rules, Terms and Conditions, guidelines or instructions by your participation in the Event.
  • Injury/Sickness, COVID 19 guidance
    - ASICS bears no responsibility for injuries, illness, and/or sicknesses that Participants suffered prior to, during, and after the Event.
    - Participants must agree to abide by applicable guidance or recommendations issued by national, regional and local governments, World Health Organization (WHO), or health centers for the prevention of the spread of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) while participating in the Event. ASICS will bear no responsibility for Participants’ contraction or spread of COVID-19 resulting from the Participants’ failure to follow any applicable guidance or recommendations for the prevention of COVID-19.  
  • Safety/Traffic Rules
    - While using the App, you must follow all pedestrian safety laws, rules and ordinances and must not violate the traffic rules or otherwise disturb the traffic. A violation of such laws, rules or ordinances

Terms of Service for “ASICS Runkeeper.”

Terms of Service for “ASICS Runkeeper.”

ASICS Privacy Policy

ASICS Privacy Policy

How to Participate

From the application website (Race Roster),
apply for the Sysmex Kobe Marathon ONLINE by ASICS Runkeeper.

  1. Apply From the application website (Race Roster)

  2. Members of “ASICS Runkeeper”

    As you proceed with the application, an entry screen of “ASICS Runkeeper” will appear on the website.
    Please log in to your existing “ASICS Runkeeper” account and synchronize your application information with your registered information.

  3. Non-members of “ASICS Runkeeper”

    As you proceed with the application, an entry screen of “ASICS Runkeeper” will appear on the website.
    Please create an account using your e-mail address or SNS information, etc., and synchronize your application information with your “ASICS Runkeeper” information.

    • When you create an account on the application website, you can create an account without downloading the app, but you will need to download the “ASICS Runkeeper” app to join the race. Make sure to download the app and use a synced account when you join the race.
    • It is also possible to synchronize the data by entering your account after downloading the “ASICS Runkeeper” app beforehand.
  4. Application Complete※Athlete bibs (number cards) can be downloaded. (It is at your discretion as to whether to wear it or not.)

  5. On the Day of the Event
  6. Runners using the smartphone app.

    Press the red round flag button on the start screen of “ASICS Runkeeper,” and the Kobe Marathon page will appear.

    Press the “Race Start” button to begin the race.

    • Please note that it is necessary to complete the full distance of each participating event in a single measurement.
    • Be careful not to press “Save” as this will end the race.
    • If the pause button is kept on for a long period of time during your running, for example, until the date changes, the data may not be recorded correctly. Once a time has been recorded on the event page, it cannot be updated.

    Once you have run the whole distance of the selected race, press “Pause,” “Stop,” and “Save” in that order to save the data. When you press “Save,” the event will end, and the results will automatically be linked to the results page.

  7. Runners using a wearable watch.

    Confirmation of the linkage between your wearable watch and “ASICS Runkeeper.”

    • Wearable watches can be linked to Garmin, Apple Watch, and Fitbit.
    • It is necessary to link “ASICS Runkeeper” with your wearable watch beforehand.
    • Please note that only race records during the event period can be registered.

    Start the Race

    • If you use a wearable watch to record the data and then link it to “ASICS Runkeeper,” you can select the fastest record from among the linked data.

    After finishing the race, press the red round flag button on the start screen of “ASICS Runkeeper” to open the Kobe Marathon page.

    Press the “Link Recent Activity” button to link the record linked to your wearable watch to your race record.

  8. After Finishing the Race

    After finishing the race, you can check your results in the e-mail that will be sent to you, but you can also check your results from the following link.

    Click your name to view your digital Finisher Certificate.

    • You can also convert it to PDF or share it on SNS.

Athlete bibs (number cards)

Click here to Download(PDF:About 712KB)

Contact Us

For inquiries about applications and systems

  • We only accept inquiries by e-mail.
  • It may take about two working days for us to reply.