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Looking for a new challenge? Run in the Kobe Marathon!

The opening ceremony
(Sunflowers of "Thanks and Friendship")

International exchange promotion runner

Regarding the Kobe Marathon 2021 scheduled to be held on Sunday, November 21, 2021, we have been working hard to prepare for a safe and secure marathon with COVID-19 countermeasures to be implemented in accordance with the Japan Association of Athletics Federations’ “Guidance for Return of Road Races.”

The emergence of the genetic variants of SARS-CoV-2, however, has made it difficult to make predictions. Considering the current COVID-19 situation in Hyogo and the rest of the country, as well as other factors such as the medical service system which is essential for holding the event both safely and securely, we have decided to postpone the Kobe Marathon 2021 again, with the new date to be set in November of 2022.

We are sorry to disappoint everyone who has been looking forward to the event, as well as those who have been supporting us. We appreciate your understanding and pray that the COVID-19 pandemic will be fully contained soon. We will continue to do our best to prepare for a marathon that will live up to your expectations and look forward to seeing your smiles. Thank you for your continuous support to the Kobe Marathon.

The Kobe Marathon is held in one of the most beautiful cities in Japan, Kobe!
It starts in front of city hall, where the stone monument commemorating the Japan’s first marathon in Kobe stands, and the course passes between the gorgeous Rokko Mountains and the shining Seto Inland Sea.

The Kobe Marathon 2021 has been recognized by the World Athletics Elite Label in international road races. In other words, the Kobe Marathon has been recognized as a high quality race in fields such as race management, course measurement, timing and results, media services, medical supply services and participation of international elite athletes,etc.

At the same time, this is a full marathon with a maximum run time of 7 hours. And also the course is mostly on level ground, and it’s possible even for beginners to complete the run.

The Kobe Marathon is a competitive and fun marathon race.
Crowds of well-wishers line the entire course to cheer the runners on, reflecting the marathon’s theme of “Thanks & Friendship”.

KOBE is an exciting city!

Kobe is an exciting, cosmopolitan city that excels in developing gastronomic delights not limited to Kobe beef and Japanese sake. Delectable desserts, a cornucopia of baked goods, stylish European menus, tantalizing Chinese stall food, and more are being prepared every day. It is also home to Arima Onsen, a hot spring area famous for its ochre-colored hot water that is perfect for soothing your post-marathon aches.

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