Osaka Yodo River Citizens Marathon & Half Marathon

November 1, 2020

Moriguchi, Osaka

Athlete Entitlements

Samurai Sports Advantage

  • Easy registration

    Register in English without creating an account

  • Translated English athlete guide

    The information you need to complete your race safely

  • Modify & transfer your entry

    Change categories, transfer entry, and self-edit up until 3-5 days before registration closes *fees may apply

  • English email support

    Ask questions - and get answers!

  • Race day packet collection

    Pick up your race packet on race day

  • Post race follow-up

    Receive links to results, photos

Race Standard

  • Age Group awards

  • Event insurance

  • Bag deposit (free)

  • Race t-shirt

  • Finisher certificate

  • On-course aid stations

  • Timed race results

    View official results online

about the race

Now in its 23rd edition, the Osaka Yodo River Citizens Marathon (or the Osaka Yodo River Marathon and Half Marathon) takes place almost entirely along a riverbank. A great warm-up for Japan’s marathon season, this race is easily accessible by public transportation from downtown Osaka. Both distances are out-and-back with very little elevation. While most of the course is on road or sidewalk, some segments are of varied terrain, including gravel, pebbles, and dirt.

Since 1997, the people of Osaka have come together to host this event for women and men of all ages to enjoy. Each year, approximately 7,000 participate in the half marathon and marathon respectively (total: about 14,000). A late start will assure runners plenty of time to fuel before the race and stake their spot at the start line. For those thinking about gun time, there are no waves – each distance starts at the same time.

As per usual in the past few years, Naoko Takahashi will be present on race day. A former national elite runner, Ms. Takahashi was the first woman from Japan to win a gold medal in track and field during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. She was also the first woman to break a then-world record to win the 2001 Berlin Marathon.

Note: All participants MUST collect race packets on Saturday (Nov 2) at the race venue – no exceptions.

サムライスポーツは日本国籍以外を対象とした外国人向け専用受付サイトです。日本国籍の方は日本語サイトからお申込みください。日本国籍以外の方がエントリーした場合、無効となる場合があります 。無効となった場合には、返金手数料を差し引き、参加費をご返金させていただきます。

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Registration Period

TBA

(April 24, 2019 - September 10, 2019)

2020 schedule TBA

Saturday, Nov 2, 2019
at Yodogawa Riverside Park
1200-1700…Race packet pickup (all distances)
• ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST COLLECT RACE PACKETS ON SATURDAY

Sunday, Nov 3, 2019
at Yodogawa Riverside Park
0805…Opening ceremony
0900…Half marathon starts
0940…Full marathon starts
1200…Half marathon awards (projected)
1300…Half marathon cut off time
1400…Full marathon awards (projected)
1700…Full marathon cut off time

Half Marathon
¥5,500 (¥6,500 incl. Samurai Sports service charge)

Full Marathon
¥6,500 (¥7,500 incl. Samurai Sports service charge)

Additional Surcharges
・If total cost is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥1,000.
・If total cost is more than ¥10,001, you will incur a service charge amounting to 10% of total cost.
Why does Samurai Sports implement a service charge? They help us cover the cost of operating the registration platform, translation of athlete guides/event information, labor hours required to answer your event inquiries, etc. Depending on the event, the surcharges help to cover the cost of our physical presence at the event. 

Age Eligibility
・Half Marathon…must be 16 or older
Full Marathon…must be 18 or older

Cut Off Times
・Half Marathon…4 hours
Full Marathon…7 hours 20 minutes
Checkpoint 1 (21KM)…3 hours 40 minutes
Checkpoint 2 (31.5KM)…5 hours 20 minutes
Checkpoint 3 (37.2KM)…6 hours 20 minutes

Important
・Demonstrate good manners. All participants must be respectful of the natural course environment and do his/her best to preserve it. Be mindful of other runners on course.
・Be a responsible athlete. Please make sure you have the physical ability to complete the course.

Full Marathon, HM…refer to this PDF

Half Marathon aid stations…8
Full Marathon aid stations…14

While most of the course is on road or sidewalk, some segments are of varied terrain, including gravel, pebbles, and dirt

Yodogawa Riverside Park (start/finish)
7-6 Sotojimacho, Moriguchi, Osaka 570-0096
06-6994-0006
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Moriguchi Station (closest station)
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・Please ensure you have lodging and transportation plans figured out BEFORE registering for this event.
The most important thing here is to get to Osaka. From Tokyo, Osaka is a little less than 3 hours by shinkansen.
・You must arrive in Osaka at least one day before race day to collect your race packet – plus, you’ll have more time to soak in the sights and sounds of the city!
・With a late 9AM start, you’ll have plenty of time to navigate yourself to Moriguchi station (closest to the race site) using either the Keihan or Tanimachi line.

By Car
From Kyoto, about 1 hours (50KM / 31.1 miles)
From Nagoya, about 2 hours, 30 minutes (163KM / 101.3 miles)
From Osaka, about 30 minutes (8.5KM / 5.3 miles)

By Train
From Kyoto, about 3 hours
From Nagoya, about 2 hours, 20 minutes
From Osaka, about 3 hours
・Alight at Moriguchi Station via Keihan Line using the East exit, walk approximately 15 min.
・Alight at Moriguchi Station via Tanimachi Line using the #2 or #4 exit, walk approximately 7 min.

​Click here for more access information (Japanese)

Parking
• No parking available
• Public transportation is strongly recommended 

Top 10 men/women (under 50, +50)

Half Marathon
・Winning time:
01:10:19
Full Marathon
・Winning time:
02:29:27

2018 Results…click here

Race Notes
・Changing rooms will be available
・There will be a bag drop-off booth at the tennis courts on race day. Do not leave any valuables in your bag.
・Distance markers are in kilometers every kilometer
・ Please ensure you have lodging and transportation plans figured out BEFORE registering for this event.

General
・ No refunds, deferrals, or credits will be issued. This applies to incidents in which the event is cancelled for any reason including personal participant circumstances of the participant (including illness and injury) and incidents in which the event is cancelled due to unforeseen weather conditions or natural disasters.
・Depending on the event, transfers and certain modifications to your entry may be permitted. Generally, entries may be transferable and/or permit modifications until 3-5 days before the last day of registration. After this period, all transfers are considered illegal and modifications will not be accommodated.
Participants determined to be violating the policies below may be disqualified without a refund:
・Any person found to be bib-swapping (illegal transfer of bib); the person will be held responsible in case of an accident arising from or provoked by the other person during the event.
・Any person found to be registering with inaccurate information, i.e. false declarations of the participants name, age, or gender.

・You will not sue the event organizers nor its affiliates (including Samurai Sports) for any injury or death caused during the event.
・ You consent to and will give all authorities and copyright to the event organizer and affiliates for the use of photography, motion pictures, articles, recordings or any other record of this event (including personal information such as name, age, gender, personal record, portrait, and etc.) for legitimate purposes and use in newspapers, TV, magazines, internet and any media publishing such as Facebook posts, Instagram posts, and pamphlets.

Insurance
・ Those participating and coming from abroad must be enrolled in medical and/or travel insurance in case of accident, injury, and medical emergencies.
・ Before signing up, please carefully read all rules and regulations of the event. If the rules and regulations cannot be followed, participation may be denied by the event organizers. If anything is unclear, please do not hesitate to contact us – it is your responsibility to be prepared.

Privacy
・The organizer is aware of the importance of your personal information. The use of personal information conforms to the organizer’s privacy protection law.
・Your personal information is used to provide you valuable services, such as race information, results, service from race affiliates, result ranking, and etc.
・The organizer may release your personal information when your life or body is in a life-threatening situation.
・The race organizer and its affiliates may contact you regarding your registration information.

Athlete Guides
・In most cases, athlete guides in English will be sent via email approximately 7-21 days before the event. However, the delivery of athlete guides is entirely dependent on the timeliness of the event organizers. Samurai Sports takes approximately one to two days from receipt of the Japanese athlete guide to translate into English.

Additional Surcharges
・If total cost is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥1,000.
・If total cost is more than ¥10,001, you will incur a service charge amounting to 10% of total cost.
Why the additional charges? They help us cover the cost of operating the registration platform, translation of athlete guides/event information, labor hours required to answer your event inquiries, etc. Depending on the event, the surcharges help to cover the cost of our physical presence at the event.

Osaka Yodogawa City Marathon Executive Committee

English​
info@samuraisports.co.jp

Japanese
06-6924-2016
info@osaka42195.com

Official Website (Japanese)
http://www.osaka42195.com/index.php

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