Location Nagoya, Japan
Happening in: March
Race categories: Full Marathon
Next on: March 13th, 2016Race website
The Nagoya Women's Marathon originally started in 1980 as a 20km race in Aichi, but moved to its present host city in 1982, and became a full marathon race in 1984. Held annually in March, this prestigious race course is JAAF and AIMS-certified. It is also an IAAF Gold Label road race holder. Once every three years, the Nagoya Women's Marathon serves as the Japanese Women's Marathon Championship, and the city has also hosted the Asian Marathon Championships twice.
The race starts and finishes at the Nagoya Dome, taking runners past several landmarks along the way, including the Nagoya City Museum, the Atsuta Shrine, Tsuruma Park, the Osu Kannon Temple, the Nagoya TV Tower, City Hall and the Nagoya Castle. As the name indicates, it is a women's marathon race. With a generous cut-off time of 7.5 hours, it draws both elite and amateur competitors from all around the world. The popularity of the race saw registration numbers exceeding the available places, and participants were selected from a lottery. The most recent course record was set on 8 March this year by Eunice Kirwa from Bahrain, with a time of 2:22:08.