Event Name



Hyogo Prefecture / Kobe City / Hyogo Athletics Association


The Kobe Shimbun / The Asahi Shimbun Company

Planning and Administration

Kobe Marathon Organizing Committee

Managing Organization

Hyogo Athletics Association

Supporting Organizations (Planned)

Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education / Kobe City Board of Education / Japan Association of Athletics Federations / Hyogo Prefectural Sports Association / Kobe City Sports Association, etc.

Special Sponsor (Planned)

Sysmex Corporation

Sponsors (Planned)

The Minato Bank, Ltd. / SHIROYAMA HOLDINGS Co., Ltd. / Sanyo Electric Railway Co., Ltd. / ASICS Japan Corporation / Yamazaki Baking Co., Ltd. / Rokko Butter Co., Ltd. / Tominaga Boeki Kaisha, Ltd. /KOBE NEW TRANSIT CO., LTD / The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Limited / TOA Corporation. / Rock Field Co., Ltd. / Mitsuboshi Belting Ltd. / Kinki Nippon Tourist Co., Ltd. / Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. / Kobe Toyopet Corporation / Daiwa House Group / Kobe Steel, Ltd. / WADAKOHSAN CO., LTD. / Radio Kansai, Ltd.

Special Supporters (Planned)

Kobe Sport Association / Kobe Gakuin University

Supporters (Planned)

Osaka Gas Network Co., Ltd. / The Kobe International House Inc. / Kobe Sports Photo Stacame / Kobe Future City Co., Ltd., etc.


Marathon (42.195 km)

Date and Time

Sunday, November 19, 2023
Wave 1 start at 9:00 a.m. / Wave 2 start at 9:15 a.m. / Finish at 4:00 p.m.


Start: Kobe City Municipal Office
Turning point: West side of Akashi-Kaikyo Bridge (Nishi-Maiko, Tarumi Ward) Finish: Port Island (near Civic Square)
(Course certified by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations, World Athletics and the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS))

Competition Rules

The race will be conducted in compliance with the 2023 regulations of World Athletics (WA) and the rules of the Japan Association of Athletics Federations and the Kobe Marathon.
Because this is a WA Label race certified by the WA, WA Label Road Race regulations also apply. Doping tests will be carried out under WA regulations.

Time Limits

7 hours

  • The time limit is based on the first gun.
  • A checkpoint closing time will be set for traffic, security, and competition management. If you are significantly late even outside the barrier, you may be urged or instructed to stop the competition.


20,000 people

Capacity for overseas applicants:2,000

Entry Qualifications (excluding invited athletes)

For those born before April 1, 2005

  • The runner must be able to complete the race within 6 hours and 30 minutes.
  • Transfer of race entry or running on behalf of another runner is prohibited. If any irregularities are discovered, the contestant will be disqualified.
  • No clothing or costumes that are offensive to public order and morals or inappropriate for a sporting event will be allowed.
  • Wheelchairs are not allowed.
  • Runners with disabilities who have difficulty running alone may be accompanied by a runner. Runners must also register at the runner registration desk.
    Guide dogs are not allowed to accompany runners.
  • Disabled runners must bring their physical disability certificate or the like to the runner registration desk.

Entry fee

21,500 yen (per person)

  • Including entry administrative fee and charity donation.
  • The charity donation of 200 yen will be used in the Kobe Marathon Friendship Bank.

Application Method

1. Method

JTB Sports Station



Please apply from

When registering on each website, it is necessary to register as a member after agreeing to the terms of membership.

2. Period

June 8, 2023 (Thursday) noon to September 11, 2023 (Monday) 11:59 p.m. (JST)

3. Determination of participants

Participation will be confirmed upon receipt of payment of the participation fee.
Please note that the application will be closed as soon as the capacity is reached.

4. Participation fee payment

After applying through JTB Sports Station or the RUNNET GLOBAL site, follow the instructions and confirm that the payment of the entry fee has been completed.
Even if the application is completed, if the participation fee is not paid by the designated date, the participation will not be confirmed and the application will be invalid.

5. Notes

Persons with disabilities (those who have a disability certificate) should fill in the necessary items on the application form.

Runners check-in

  1. Reception hours
    November 17th, 1:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. (last entry), November 18th, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (last entry)
  2. Reception venue
    1st floor of Kobe International Exhibition Hall No.1(EXPO venue)
  • There will be no runners check-in on the day of the race.
  • Accompanying runners must also check in on the above date and time.
  • Runners will need to have a personal ID document to confirm their identity.
  • Persons with disabilities must bring a physical disability certificate.

Awards (Planned)

  1. Overall (gross time): The top eight men and top eight women runners
  2. By age group (net time): The top eight men and top eight women runners in each five-year age group
    *Excluding Overall and Kobe Marathon Japan Top 8 award recipients.
  3. Kobe Marathon Consecutive Award Winner: Runners who have received an award for three consecutive years since the Kobe Marathon 2019.
    *Combinations of (1)and(2) are acceptable. 
    *Not including past winners of the Kobe Marathon Consecutive Award.
  4. Kobe Marathon Last Spurt Challenge
    Awards will be presented to the three male and female runners each who record the fastest times over the 7.195 kilometers from the 35-kilometer point to the finish point.
    *Not including Overall (top eight men and top eight women) and Japan Top 8 winners.
    *Applies to runners who break the Kobe Marathon Last Spurt Challenge.

Certificate of Completion

Runners who finish the course will receive a Certificate of Completion. Certificates will be downloadable from RUNNET.

In addition to the marathon, records are also recognized for 25 kilometers and 30 kilometers. However, this applies only to those who finish the course.

Personal Information

The organizers recognize the importance of privacy and will handle personal information based on the event's information protection policy in compliance with laws and regulations relating to personal information protection.
Personal information will be used for such purposes as drawing lots, providing information on participation, giving notification of related information, offering services from Kobe Marathon sponsors, co-sponsors, co-organizers and related organizations, giving first-aid treatment and coordinating with medical institutions, and announcing records (including rankings) with the aim of improving services to entrants.
Within the scope of operation of this event, personal information may also be provided to related business entities (including World Marathon Majors LLC, based in the United States, which operates Abbott World Marathon Majors, and the Tokyo Marathon Foundation).

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.


  1. In the event that the competition is cancelled or reduced due to reasons beyond the control of the organizer (such as alarms, earthquakes, natural disasters, snowfall, events, accidents, illnesses, etc.), no refunds of participation fees or other expenses will be made.

  2. Participants who have underlying medical conditions (such as diabetes, heart failure, respiratory diseases, hypertension, those receiving dialysis, those using immunosuppressive agents or anticancer agents, etc.) should refrain from participating.

  3. Participants must confirm that they do not meet the criteria of the health check items and participate accordingly. If the event organizer determines that adequate health management has not been conducted, participation in the event will not be allowed. In such cases, no refunds of participation fees or other expenses will be made. In regards to infection control measures, appropriate measures will be taken while assessing the infection situation.

  4. The organizer will transport the baggage entrusted by participants from the start to the finish line.

  5. The organizer is not responsible for any delays caused by public transportation or road conditions on the day of the event.

  6. Wearing or displaying any designs, trademarks, or other advertising materials that indicate corporate or product names on the event venue (including the course) is prohibited.

  7. Bringing, operating, or flying any drones or similar unmanned aerial vehicles other than those used by the organizer, co-organizer, or sponsor is prohibited during the event.

  8. The broadcasting rights and portrait rights for the event‘s footage, photographs, articles, location information, participants’ names, ages, places of residence (prefecture or city/town/village name), and records in TV programs, newspapers, magazines, the Internet, and printed materials issued by the organizer belong to the organizer.

  9. The organizer‘s commissioned party may sell photos taken during the event.

  10. This event is a qualifying event for the “Wanda Age Group World Rankings” of the Abbott World Marathon Majors.

  11. Regarding receipts for participation fees and other expenses: Please use the credit card company's "statement" or "invoice."

  12. This event will comply with all relevant laws and regulations in Japan.

  13. Please ensure that you have trained sufficiently and taken full care of your health before participating in the event, including undergoing a health checkup beforehand.

  14. Follow the instructions of the organizer regarding other matters related to the event.

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