Application Guidelines

Event Name
also serves as:
- Japan Marathon Championship Series (Grade S)
- Marathon Grand Championship Final Challenge (Women)
Paris 2024 Olympic Games Team Japan Selection
Organizers Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF), The Chunichi Shimbun
Co-Organizers Aichi Prefecture, Nagoya City,
Nagoya-city Education and Sports Association
Managing Organization
Managing Organization Aichi Association of Athletics
Sponsors Gold Sponsor: NGK SPARK PLUG CO., LTD.
Silver Sponsor: New Balance Japan, Inc.
Bronze Sponsor: KOSÉ Corporation
Event Women’s Marathon
Schedule Sunday, March 10, 2024, starting at 9:10 a.m. (Japan Time)
Course Nagoya Women’s Marathon Course
[Start and finish at VANTELIN DOME NAGOYA, JAAF and WA/AIMS certified course]
Total Number of Participants
Total Number of Participants 20,000 runners
Number of Participants, Time Limit, Entry Fee
Number of Participants, Time Limit, Entry Fee
Entry Category
Number of Participants Time Limit Entry Fee
General Drawing 3,000 7 hours
*1 *2
17,000 JPY
Limited Number 17,000 JPY
Challenge category
5,000 17,000 JPY
Travel Plan
4,000 17,000 JPY
3,000 22,000 JPY
Heart Support
1,000 17,000 JPY
Overseas 3,500 17,000 JPY
Online Marathon
500 *Before the event closes 17,000 JPY

<Note> Companions of visually impaired participants are free of charge. Such companions may be of any gender.

*1 The time limit will be based on the starting gun.

*2 Course closure times will be set for traffic, security, and event operation purposes. Runners who are extremely behind the cut-off time pace will be required to stop competing not only at the designated course closure points but also at any time or place.

*3 A separate administrative fee will be required.

*4 In addition to the entry fee, accommodation and other travel plan costs will be required.

*5 Charity donations are included. Participants will select a charity to support from a list of organizations provided by the Organizers.

*6 All categories other than the Overseas, Elite, and Online Marathon are open to residents of Japan only.

*7 The Elite category is available to athletes who meet the eligibility requirements.

*8 To be accepted as advanced entries.

*9 The Online Marathon will be available to participants at any time and place during the event period. Details are as specified in the separate guidelines. (Please note that the participation records will be unofficial.)

*10 Shipping costs for commemorative goods of participation, finisher prizes, etc., are included.

[Course Closure Times] (Tentative)

Point Distance from Start Closure Time
Start 0 km 9:40
Nagoya City Museum 6.0 km 10:30
Myoon-dori 4 Intersection 10.4 km 11:55
Okute Intersection 15.7 km 12:35
Wakamiya N. Intersection 21.5 km 12:52
Marunouchi Junior High School 26.2 km 13:37
Chichibu-dori Intersection 29.9 km 14:11
Chunichi Shimbun 35.0 km 14:59
Sakuradori Kurumamichi Intersection 38.6 km 15:32
Dome Parking Entrance 41.7 km 16:05
Finish 42.195 km 16:10

Female athletes who are 19 years of age or older on race day.

1. General (Members and non-members of the JAAF, etc.)

*The use of wheelchairs is not permitted.

*Visually impaired participants who have difficulty running by themselves may have one companion. The companion may be of any gender. Guide dogs are not permitted.

An additional female companion may be required if the companion is male and the participant has difficulty walking or changing clothes alone in the event’s women-only areas, including the women’s dressing area at the start/finish.

*The Heart Support category is to the following female athletes and will require a certificate, etc. to be presented at the time of number pickup.

-Runners who has taken a lifesaving course on or after March 10, 2021.

-Healthcare professionals and other qualified personnel.

2. Elite

(1) Female athletes who meet the following conditions (i) and (ii).

(i) FY2023 JAAF Members who are 19 years of age or older on race day.

(ii) Athletes who have achieved one of the following records as JAAF Members at a certified competition in or outside Japan on or after March 1, 2022, and before the application deadline.

a) Marathon Under 2 h 50 min 00 s

b) 30 km Under 1 h 55 min 00 s

c) Half Marathon Under 1 h 15 min 00 s

d) 20 km, 20,000 m Under 1 h 11 min 00 s

e) 10 km, 10,000 m Under 34 min 00 s

(2) Athletes recommended by the JAAF.

(3) Foreign- or Japan-based athletes invited by the JAAF.

(4) Athletes ranked in the top 100 of the JMC Points Ranking (JMC Series II) for women.

Race Instruction for Elite Athletes

Entry Form Request/Application Email

Regulations The race will be conducted in accordance with the 2023-2024 World Athletics (WA) Rules and Regulations and the FY2023 Rules and Regulations of the JAAF and the Nagoya Women’s Marathon. In addition, the WA Road Race Label Regulations and the WA Advertising Regulations will apply to this race as it is a WA Label Road Race. Doping tests will be conducted according to the WA Regulations.
Entry Applications
Entry Applications

(1) Procedure

Online application (Please visit the entry websites linked from the race official website.)

(2) Period (Domestic/General Drawing)

From 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 21, 2023, to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 (Japan time).

(3) Determination of Participants

If the number of applications exceeds the capacity, participants will be selected by a draw.

The drawing results will be notified by early October (tentative).

(4) Payment

Winners of the drawing will be required to pay the entry fee into the designated bank account before the due date. Failure to pay the fee within the designated period will invalidate the race entry.

[Residents of Japan]

*Applications for the Challenge Entry will start from Thursday, July 6 in series. Details will be announced on the race official website.

*Applications for the Travel Plan Entry will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis from 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 14, to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 27 (Japan time).

*Applications for the Charity Entry will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis from 8:00 p.m. on Monday, September 11, to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13 (Japan time).

*Applications for the Heart Support Entry will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis from 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12, to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, September 14 (Japan time).

*Applications for the Online Marathon will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis from 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20, to 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31 (Japan time) based on the guidelines specified separately.

* Applications for the Elite Field will be accepted from Friday, December 1.

[Overseas Residents and Applicants Who Prefer Applications in English]

*Applications for the Overseas Entry will be accepted from 10 a.m. on Thursday, September 21, to 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27, Japan time (A draw may follow the applications if the number of applications exceeds the capacity). Package plans will be available as advance entries. Details will be announced on the race official website.

*Applications for the Online Marathon will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis from 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 20, to 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31 (Japan time) based on the guidelines specified separately.

Number Pickup
Number Pickup
Athlete bibs and packets will be available for pickup at the following dates, times, and places.

・General/Elite Field (All participants except for invited athletes)
Dates: Friday, March 8, 2024, and Saturday, March 9, 2024 (2 days)
Times: 12:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 8
10:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 9

1)	There will be no number pickup on race day (Sunday, March 10).
2)	There will be no number pickup at any time other than those mentioned above.
3)	A valid ID must be presented at the number pickup. (Substitution is not allowed: Only participants themselves may pick up their bibs.)
4)	Number pickup for invited athletes will take place separately.
Presentation venue: VANTELIN DOME NAGOYA

(1) Overall: Top 8 finishers

(2) Age Groups: Top 3 finishers

*Age Groups are divided into teens/20s, and every 10-year group over 30.

*Overall Awards will be given based on the gross time from the starting gun, while Age Group Awards will be determined by the net time taken from the moment when the start line is crossed.

*Winners of the Overall Awards and athletes in the Elite Field will be excluded from nominations for the Age Group Awards. No ceremony will be held for the Age Group Awards, and certificates will be mailed at a later date.

Overall 1st place: US$150,000
*Prize money for subsequent places will be determined separately according to the competition results.
Record Certificate
Record Certificate
A record certificate with a gross time measured from the starting gun, a net time measured from the moment when the start line is crossed, and split times measured every 5 km will be available for download on the race official website at a later date.
*Certificates will be issued only to runners who have finished the race before the time limit.
*Information on the certificates for the Online Marathon finishers will be provided separately.
Inquiries regarding Applications
Inquiries regarding Applications
[Residents of Japan]
Marathon Festival Nagoya Aichi Runner Call Center
Tel: 0570-550661
Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Japan time)

[Overseas Residents and Applicants Who Prefer Applications in English]
Nagoya Women’s Marathon 2024 Inquiry Desk
Hours: Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Japan time)
Personal Information
Personal Information
In recognition of the importance of protecting personal information, the Organizers will comply with the act on the protection of personal information and related laws and regulations and handle personal information in accordance with the personal information protection policy of the Organizers. The Organizers will use personal information for participation guidance, notification of records and related information, provision of service from event sponsors, supporters, and concerned organizations, publication of results (rankings), etc., to deliver better service to participants. Within the scope of the management of this event, personal information may be provided to related business entities, including World Marathon Majors LLC, the organizer of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, located in the United States of America. The Organizers or their contractors may contact applicants to confirm their application details.

(1) All participants must give full consideration to their physical conditions and make thorough preparations for race participation, including sufficient training and a medical check-up prior to race day.

(2) The registration status of all JAAF Members will be checked, so please be sure to complete the registration before applying to this race and enter accurate information.

(3) No designs, logos, or trademarks representing corporate or product names may be worn or displayed for advertising purposes at the event site (including the race course). Making assertions or advertising with banners, signs, etc., is prohibited.

(4) Photographs, etc., may be sold on consignment with the approval of the Organizers.

(5) This race is a partner race of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wanda Age Group World Rankings.

(6) This race is part of the RunLink Age Rankings (timed rankings for the entire sanctioned competitions, which covers the results of all participating runners, including elite athletes) conducted by the JAAF. In addition to participants’ addresses (only prefecture and city), their names, athlete bib numbers, dates of birth, genders, net and gross times and placings will be provided. If you do not wish to be listed, please contact the JAAF (tel: 050-1746-8410).

(7) In addition to the above, participants must follow instructions given by the Organizers with respect to any matters regarding the event.

Guidelines for Costumes, etc.
Guidelines for Costumes, etc.
The following (1) through (11), as well as any acts or costumes of participants that violate the competition rules, other laws and regulations, or public order and morals, will not be permitted. Any participant whom the Organizers deem to be in violation of any of the aforementioned may not be allowed to take part in the event or kept from continuing running even after the race start. Prior to race entry, all applicants must understand and agree that no objections to this shall be accepted. 

(1)	Any acts that may injure other competitors or cause them to fall, such as wearing clothing or personal effects that may harm other runners or that cover the entire face.
-	Wearing clothes or gear that may injure other runners on contact, such as swords, sticks, armor, clothing with rivets, etc., or wearing full-body animal/mascot suits.
-	Carrying or shouldering large items longer than 30 cm, such as banners and flags.
-	Wearing skirts with long hems, kimonos, or other garments that pose a high risk of falling.
-	Running side by side with other runners or in any other manner that is likely to obstruct the path of other participants.

(2)	Wearing clothing or other attire that may make other runners or spectators uncomfortable and is inappropriate for a sporting event.
-	Being naked or near-naked wearing only underwear.
-	Wearing costumes that suggest nudity.

(3)	Wearing clothing that promotes political or religious assertions or advertising, etc.
-	A sash with a political party’s name or clothing printed with a political or religious statement.
-	Costumes that represent or imitate a politician, religious leader, or product.

(4)	Wearing clothing or other items that promote or advertise personal names, specific regions, or organizations that have not been approved by the Organizers. 

(5)	Use of any devices that may be misinterpreted by other runners as the starting signal and cause confusion in the event operation (e.g., lighting devices that produce strong lights or flashes, whistles, horns, fireworks which produce popping or explosive sounds, etc.) or any device that produces a loud noise and may interfere with other runners.

(6)	Delaying behaviors such as dancing, acting or standing still at or near the start line, the finish line, or anywhere else along the course.

(7)	Act of soliciting monetary contributions, signatures, etc.

(8)	Attempt to obstruct emergency vehicles or pedestrians from crossing the course during the competition when they are permitted or instructed to do so by the Organizers.

(9)	Wearing clothing that may cause difficulty in anti-terrorism measures.                                           

(10)	Wearing clothing or other gear that may cause difficulty in the use of AEDs (Automated External Defibrillator) or other medical equipment.

(11)	Any cases other than (1) through (10) that the Organizers deem unsuitable or inappropriate for participation in the event.
Terms of Application
Terms of Application
All applicants must agree to the following Terms of Application before applying for this race.

(1) Applicants must understand and agree to these Application Guidelines before applying for this race. No changes to events (race distance), cancellations, or refunds of entry fees for personal reasons shall be accepted after application.

(2) Duplicate applications by the same person are not permitted.

(3) Simultaneous participation in the Nagoya City Marathon is not permitted.

(4) False declarations of age, gender, records, etc., or participation of unregistered persons in place of the registered applicants (foul participation) are prohibited. Any individual or group discovered to have committed foul participation will not only be disqualified but may also be banned from entries to future editions of this race.

(5) No substitute participation or transfer of entry rights is allowed in this race. Any applicant who is discovered to have committed such an act will be disqualified, and the Organizers will not provide any compensation.

(6) In the event that falls within the above (2), (3), (4), or (5), the entry fee will not be refunded after application.

(7) The information provided at the time of application may not be amended, altered, or cancelled after submission. If there is any issue with the registered information, the Administrative Office will contact the applicant by email or phone.

(8) Phone inquiries to the Runner Call Center or the Administrative Office regarding the application status are not accepted.

(9) The Organizers will not be responsible for any delays in application attributable to Internet connection problems, etc.

(10) All applicants for the General Drawing category will be notified of the draw results on “My Page” of the GO SPORTS WEB. The results will also be sent to the applicant’s registered email addresses; however, the Organizers will not reconfirm any non-delivery or non-receipt due to an incomplete email address or any other reasons. All applicants are strongly requested to check the results on My Page as there may be cases where the notification emails are considered a bulk distribution and cannot reach the applicant’s inbox.

(11) Failure to pay the entry fee by the designated date will result in automatic cancellation and ineligibility to participate in the race.

(12) If the event is unable to be held as planned due to force majeure, etc., an online marathon (virtual race) will be held as an alternative event for the whole or part of participants (chosen by a draw, etc.) and the relevant runners will be asked to participate in it. In such case, the entry fee will not be refunded, and participants will not be granted the right to run in the next edition of the event.

(13) The Organizers will not be responsible for any late arrivals to the event or necessary registration procedures due to delays in public transportation or traffic conditions.

(14) The Organizers reserve the portrait rights and the rights to publish videos, photographs, articles, records, and location information during the event and applicants’ names, ages, birth dates, addresses (country, prefecture, or city/town/village), etc. on TV, newspapers, magazines, and websites.

(15) In case of injury or illness of a participating runner during the event, the Organizers will provide first aid to the runner and, if necessary, arrange emergency transportation. In such cases, the Organizers will provide the runner’s name, address, contact information, medical history, etc., to the medical institution and emergency responders. All participants shall be deemed to have agreed that the Organizers will request the hospital to which the participant has been transported to disclose her medical information.

(16) The Organizers will not be liable for any injury, illness, loss of personal belongings, or accident during the event in any way beyond the administration of emergency first-aid relief unless such is caused by the Organizers’ intentional act or gross negligence. However, in case of slight negligence of the Organizers, the Organizers will be liable up to the insured amount.

(17) The Organizers will handle the personal information of participants in compliance with the laws and regulations for the protection of personal information. Participants shall agree in advance that the Organizers will use such information to provide participation information, notify records and related information, provide services from event sponsors, supporters, and relevant organizations, and announce the results (rankings), etc., for the purpose of improving the quality of services to participants.

(18) This event shall be conducted in compliance with all relevant laws of Japan. In addition, the event will be managed in accordance with the conditions prevailing at the time, with reference to precautions and other information issued by the government, the Japan Sports Agency, and the JAAF. If a participant does not meet the participation standards, etc., set by the event, she may be denied participation in the event or entry to the venue. In such case, the entry fee will not be refunded.

(19) In addition to the above Terms of Application, this event will be conducted in accordance with the race instructions set forth separately by the Organizers.

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