A guide to alternative race options for Tokyo Marathon participants

With the Tokyo Marathon, scheduled for March 1, cancelled for all but elite athletes, tens of thousands of runners on the lookout for a replacement race.

Here are a few domestic options, including some offering discounts for Tokyo registrants, as well as a few in Japan for those committed to making the trip. 

Please note, the Quang Binh Discovery Marathon held the same weekend as Tokyo has also been cancelled. 

Ontario’s favourite season-opening race, the Chilly Half Marathon, also scheduled for March 1, is giving away a free entry to the first 50 people who email race director Kelly Arnot with proof of registration for the Tokyo Marathon.

The Wilmington Marathon held on March 22 in North Carolina looks like a gorgeous and popular marathon. It’s also a Boston qualifier.  The marathon is offering 50 per cent off to those who registered for the Tokyo Marathon. Go to for details or email them at with proof of your Tokyo registration.

The Queens Marathon and QDR Half Marathon in New York City on March 22 is offering $30 off registration for Tokyo Marathon entrants. Email with proof of your registration to the Tokyo Marathon to receive a one-time use code.

Other marathons in the United States happening that weekend where there is still room for late entrants include the Napa Valley Marathon, the Little Rock Marathon (named one of the world’s 10 best marathons for first-timers by Runners World magazine) and the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth, Texas.

For those with non-refundable tickets and a desire to get a marathon under their belts around March 1, here are a few marathons happening in Japan around that time. 

March 1, Sasayama ABC Marathon will be held in Hyogo, Japan. Sasayama is billed as a “beautiful castle town with rich natural landscapes and old city charms located in the central-eastern part of Hyogo prefecture. 

The following weekend, on March 8, there are three additional marathons that will be underway in Japan including the following the Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon in Otsu City, which is considered the oldest marathon held in Japan. There is also the Nagoya International Women’s Marathon, a World Athletics Platinum Level race as well as the Shizuoka Marathon and 10K




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