Location Osaka, Japan
Happening in: January
Race categories: Full Marathon
Next on: January 31st, 2016Race website
The Osaka International Ladies Marathon has been running annually since it began in 1982, and falls on the last Sunday of January each year. The event offers the classic marathon distance of 42.195km, and is only open to women. The highly prestigious race is well-accredited, holding both an IAAF Silver Label road race, and an Official JAAF Road Race titles.
The race starts and finishes at the Yanmar Nagai Stadium located in the South of Osaka, and covers the most scenic and historic areas of Osaka City. After leaving the Stadium, runners will make their way northward to the Osaka Castle and then, the Osaka City Hall. After the City Hall, runners will run under beautiful ginkgo trees along the Midosuji, one of main streets of Osaka. Runners will once again pass the Osaka Castle before covering the last 12 kilometers back to the Yanmar Nagai Stadium. The course is mostly flat with little change in elevation and protected from wind by buildings and trees along the streets.