The Tokyo marathon has enjoyed excellent TV and online coverage in recent years, as well as the marathon there is also a 10k and Wheelchair marathon race that takes place on the same day. and this year will be no exception, with the entire race streaming live online:
Marathon Course Details
The Tokyo marathon, as is usual with races of this size, has staggered start times:
9.05am: 10k race and Wheelchair marathon
9.10am: Marathon starts
10.50am: 10k finish
4.10pm: Marathon finish
Tokyo is the sixth of the Abbott World Marathon Majors that count, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York. Kenya's Wilson Kipsang headlines the men's race. Kipsang, a former world record holder, and the 2012 Olympic marathon bronze medalist, faces fellow countryman and 2014 Tokyo Marathon champion Dickson Chumba, 2008 Olympic marathon bronze medalist Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia, and American Andrew Bumbalough, a former All-American at Georgetown who finished fifth at the 2015 New York City Half-Marathon.
The women's field is led by two-time Olympian Lucy Kabuu of Kenya, Amane Gobena of Ethiopia, who finished second in last year's Tokyo Marathon, and 2015 Tokyo Marathon champion Birhane Dibaba of Ethiopia. Also competing in the women's race are Kenya's Betsy Saina, a three-time NCAA champion at Iowa State who finished fifth in the 10,000m at the 2016 Rio Olympics and is making her marathon debut, and American Sara Hall, who finished ninth at the 2016 New York City Marathon.