Sunday March 8th, 2020
The Nagoya Women's Marathon named Nagoya International Women's Marathon until the 2010 race, is an annual marathon race for female runners over the classic distance of 42 km and 195 metres, held in Nagoya, Japan in early March every year. It holds IAAF Gold Label road race status.
It began in 1980 as an annual 20-kilometre road race held in Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan. After its first two years there, the venue changed to Nagoya for the third edition in 1982. It was converted to a marathon race for the 1984 edition, and a 10-kilometre race was also added to the race programme. The race acts as the Japanese women's marathon championships on three-year rotational basis. Performances at the race are typically taken into consideration when deciding the Japanese women's Olympic or World Championship teams. Nagoya has also twice hosted the women's Asian Marathon Championship race (1988 and 1994).
The 2011 race was cancelled due to the earthquake that March. In 2012 the race was held on a newly designed course and was opened to public, mass participation for the first time, and renamed the Nagoya Women's Marathon. Around 15,000 runners took part that year.
|2nd Female||2:22:41||Yuka Ando||26||JPN|
|3rd Female||2:22:56||Purity Rionoripo||26||KEN|
|4th Female||2:23:17||Hirut Tiberu Damte||25||ETH|
Nagoya Women’s Marathon is well known for …Tiffany’s Necklace!.
Finishing gate is not the final goal of Nagoya Women’s Marathon. After runner passes through the clock gate, there waits another goal gate colored in Tiffany blue. One by one, men in tuxedo hands out Tiffany’s blue box at the gate, big climax assures your smile.
The Nagoya Women’s Marathon was originated as the Nagoya International Women’s Marathon, an elite race known as a qualifying trial for the Olympics and the World Championships. To respond to the expectation of marathon fans across the country, the race was reformed into a mass marathon event with participants of 15,000 women in 2012. Starting and finishing at Nagoya Dome, the route is designed to showcase many focal points of the city. The course is also popular for being wide and mostly flat, which makes it easy to run and break records. While the race still serves as a world-leading competition among elite athletes, its time limit is set to be 7 hours long, so that even beginners can easily complete it! (The completion rate of 2018: 96.5%)
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rates road races in the world and awards a designation of which the highest is Gold Label. The Nagoya Women's Marathon has been held as an IAAF Gold Label race since 2013. Other major races that hold the same Label are such as the New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon, the Chicago Marathon (the US), the London Marathon (the UK), the Berlin Marathon (Germany) and the Tokyo Marathon (Japan).
With 13,114 participants, the first Nagoya Women’s Marathon in 2012 was recognized as the largest women’s marathon in the world by Guinness World Records. In 2018, the marathon again improved its own record to 21,915 women participants!