EntryGuidelines for Osaka Marathon Applicants

Guidelines for Osaka Marathon Applicants

Race Name Osaka Marathon 2019
Organizers Osaka Prefectural Government, City of Osaka, Osaka Association of All Athletics (OAAA)
Co-organizer The Yomiuri Shimbun
Managing Organization Osaka Association of All Athletics (OAAA)
Operational Support OSAKA PARA ATHLETICS
Supporting Organizations Japan Association of Athletics Federations, Osaka City Community Promotion Association, Osaka Prefectural Federation of Shopping Center, Osaka Prefectural Federation of Shopping Center Promotion Associations, Osaka City Shopping Streets Association, Kansai Economic Federation, Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Kansai Association of Corporate Executives, Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau, Osaka Prefectural Sport Association, Osaka Athletic Association, Osaka Sport Promotion Council, Osaka City Amateur Sports Association, Osaka City Sports and Welfare Association, Osaka City Sport Promotion Council, Osaka City Sports and Greenery Association, Osaka Para-Sports Association, Osaka City Welfare and Sports Association for Persons with Disabilities, Osaka Medical Association, Osaka Hospital Association, OSAKA NURSING ASSOCIATION, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Kinki Regional Development Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Kinki District Transport Bureau, HANSHIN EXPRESSWAY COMPANY LIMITED, YOMIURI LIGHT AND HUMANITY ASSOCIATION, Osaka Life Support Association, Osaka Prefectural Board of Education, Osaka City Board of Education, The Hochi Shimbun, Yomiuri Telecasting Corporation, Mainichi Broadcasting System, Inc. (in random order)
Main Sponsor OPTAGE Inc.
Official Sponsors Osaka Metro Co., Ltd., MIZUNO Corporation, Duskin Co., Ltd., Daiwa House Industry Co., Ltd., Coca-Cola(JAPAN)Co., Ltd., SEIKO HOLDINGS CORPORATION, KANSAI UNIVERSITY, Ltd., The Yomiuri Shimbun, Advance Create Co., Ltd., The Dai-ichi Life Insurance Company, Kinki Nippon Tourist Kansai Co.,Ltd., Photocreate Co.,Ltd., NIPPON EXPRESS CO., LTD., Toyota Motor Corporation, Sumitomo Electric, Industries, Ltd., Iwatani Corporation, KOSMO SECURITY SERVICES CO., Nisshin Seifun Group., KYOWA CO.,LTD., KUBOTA Corporation, Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Insurance Inc., MARUICHI STEEL TUBE LTD., Japan Airlines Co., Ltd., EZAKI GLICO CO., LTD., MUFG Bank, Ltd., HOTEL ROYAL CLASSIC OSAKA
Cooperation FM802, imuraya group co., ltd., SWAC Co., Ltd., Aoki shofuan Corporation., Hyogetsudo Co., Ltd., The Kishu Tanabe Ume Promotion Committee., EIKADO
  • Marathon:
    (1)JAAF member
    (2)Non-JAAF members
    (3)Wheelchair Race
Entry fee Marathon: JPY 13,000(Individual / Overseas)
Application Period
  • Individuals
  • From 10:00 a.m., Fri., April 5 through to 5:00 p.m., Fri., May 17, 2019
Competition Rules The races are conducted in accordance with FY2019 rules and regulations set forth by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Japan Association of Athletics Federations (JAAF), Japan Para Athletics (JPA), and the Osaka Marathon.
Line-up at the start
  • To relieve congestion at the start and during the race, we are introducing wave-style starts. Regardless of whether or not you are a JAAF member, according to the certified time on the record certificate (personal best time) submitted when applying for entry, a wave-style start schedule and waiting blocks will be set up. Those who specified neither a certified time on the record (personal best time) nor a predicted time will start from the rearmost block of the third wave.
  • 【Priority order】
  • ①Invited and guest runners
  • ②Those who has personal best time (The time must be recorded at a confirmable race held within the past two years. If it was found to be false report, the entry would be canceled.)
  • ③Those who reported the estimated finish time
  • ④Those who reported neither personal best time nor estimated finish time
Costume-clad participation JAAF members are prohibited from participating in the race dressed in costume.
Fixed number Marathon:32,000
(including 600 Osaka sports-supporting runners, 2,000 civic athletes, 1,000 charity runners, a special quota of 4,000 persons who were unsuccessful in applying for the third consecutive year and 30 wheelchair participants)
Time limits
  • Marathon: 7 hours (The competition ends at 4:00 p.m.)
  • ※Time limits are based on the timing of the starting gun for the first wave.
    Wheelchair race: 2 hours and 20 minutes
  • You must have been born on or before April 1, 2001.
  • ※ If you are a registered athlete with the Japan Association of Athletic Federations (JAAF), you must have registered for FY2019.
  • ※ If you are visually impaired and have difficulty running on your own, you will be able to have the option of running with a guide. (Running with a guide dog is not permitted.)
  • Individuals
  • (1)JAAF members
  • (2)Non-JAAF members
  • ※ For both(1) and(2), Runners must be able to finish a marathon by 4:00 p.m.
  • (3)Wheelchair Race: Your wheelchair must be a race model.
  • (to comply with the rules of Japan Para Athletics)
  • ※Thirty wheelchair runners in total will be accepted. You must have completed a marathon or a half marathon in the same time or faster than the times listed below. Your qualifying time must have been achieved and verified in a wheelchair race held in Japan or abroad on or after April 1, 2017.Half marathon: sub 1:10 Full marathon: sub 2:20
  • The Osaka Marathon aims to help people develop a deeper understanding of charitable activities and encourage many of those participating in the race, including runners, supporters on the sidelines and volunteers to participate in such charity programs.
  • Regarding charity donations
  • In addition to the entry fee, participants must donate at least two units (one unit: JPY 500) or more as charity donation.
  • ①:Please select charity color after verifying the charity theme and activities of the charitable organization you wish to support.
  • ②:For those of you wishing to raise additional donations along with the charity donation ①, please select the charity color and number of units for donations.
  • ※You can select multiple colors and units as well as the same color you selected in the charity donation ①.
Charity goods
  • Limited sales available at the time of entry (for successful entrants only)
  • ①Nanairo (Rainbow Color) Charity T-shirt
    Price: JPY 4,000
  • ※JPY 2,000, excluding production costs will be donated to the charitable organizations associated with the color of the goods you purchased.
  • ※There are seven different designs.
  • ※The designs are subject to change.
  • ②Nanairo (Rainbow Color) Charity Cap
    Price: JPY 2,000
  • ※A portion of sales, excluding production costs will be donated to the charitable organizations associated with the color of the goods you purchased.
  • ※Adjustable size (Around 58 cm – 60 cm)
  • ③Charity Windbreaker
    Price: JPY 7,500
  • ※The funds raised will be donated evenly to each of the charitable color organizations.
  • ④Nanairo (Rainbow Color) Charity Arm Warmer
    Price: JPY 1,700
  • ※A portion of sales, excluding production costs will be donated to the charitable organizations associated with the color of the goods you purchased.
  • ⑤Number Card with a Nickname
    You can purchase a “Number Card with a Nickname”, including the name or thoughts you wish to use within five characters on the number card. Please apply for it together at the time of entry.
    Price: JPY 500
  • ※Printable letters are Chinese characters, hiragana, katakana, alphabets and Arabic numbers, within 5 characters in double-byte characters or ten characters in single-byte printable characters.
  • ※Please note that symbols such as ☆ and ♪ are unavailable and even if you add such symbols, they will be deleted.
  • ※Some names such as commercial names, trade names and others that the event organizer considers inappropriate may be rejected.
  • 【Eligible people】
  • Marathon individual (general, wheelchair)
  • ※Non-member of JAAF
  • ※The application will be accepted only via domestic application site.
  • ※A portion of sales, excluding production costs, will be distributed evenly among the charitable organizations participating in the Osaka Marathon 2019.
Commemorative T-shirt(sizes)


Size XS S M L XL 2XL
(general indication)
(general indication)


Size XS S M L XL 2XL
(general indication)
CC(general indication) 77

  • ※If a size is not specified when applied, the size will be S and M for a woman and a man respectively.
  • ※Changing the size will not be acceptable after application.
Special priority quota for consecutively unsuccessful applicants
  • 4,000 people
    Eligible applicants will include those who individually applied for the Osaka Marathon 2019 via the Internet and who also applied for the Osaka Marathon in 2016, 2017 and 2018 but were not selected in any of the three years consecutively.
  • ※Only for those who applied for the Osaka Marathon 2016, 2017 and 2018 via the website and obtain MyPage
  • ※The quota of persons concerned need not undergo any special application procedure.
  • ※Charity runner program is out of this range.
Entry from overseas
  • For those living overseas, please apply via an overseas application site.
  • ※If applicants living in Japan cannot read Japanese, they can apply via an overseas application site (English or Traditional Chinese). However, in that case, the overseas entry fee will be charged.
We ask runners to wear a security band.
  • With the prevention of terrorism (block intrusion by suspicious individuals) and proxy running in mind, our staff will verify your identity and place a security band on you. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in advance.
  • Please wear a security band until race day. If we cannot confirm that you are wearing the band in the start area, we will not allow you to participate in the race.
Doping control Doping control tests will be carried out in accordance with the IAAF Rules and/or Japan Anti-Doping Code. For doping control tests carried out before or after the Osaka Marathon 2019, a sample of urine or blood or both will be collected. People nominated should take the test as instructed.
TUE application Those athletes who have to use prohibited substances / methods covered under the Prohibited List International Standard for the purpose of treating disease must file an application for TUE (therapeutic use exemption). Please visit the following website for further details.
▼JAAF Medical Committee
▼Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA)
Terms and Conditions of the Osaka Marathon
  • (1)The event organizer cannot accept applications by applicants who disagree with the concept of charity programs.
  • (2)Please note that each individual applicant can only apply for one race. Duplicate race entry applications / participations for Osaka Sports Supporting Runners and individual runners by the same applicant are prohibited. If duplicate applications by the same applicant are discovered, the entries will all be rejected and any entry fee and relevant charges paid will not be refunded.
  • (3)Falsifying name, age, gender, record or race participation by someone other than the applicant him/herself (dishonest entry) and transfer of berths are prohibited. If the event organizer identifies such dishonest acts by an individual entry, your entry will be canceled and your application for future races rejected. The event organizer will not make any compensation or refund for the entry fee and relevant charges.
  • (4)After the application procedure, canceling or switching the event category for personal reasons is prohibited. Entrants will only be contacted by e-mail or phone if the event organizer deems it necessary to confirm registered information.
  • (5)The event organizer will not be responsible for delay in the application procedure due to any problems with PCs, smartphones, Internet browsers and network connections during such activity.
  • (6)Please note that the Call Center or event organizer will be unable to respond to any inquiries concerning entry status or the result of the drawing.
  • (7)In case of overpayment or double payment, any excess amount paid will not be refunded.
  • (8)Entry fees will not be refunded if the race is canceled for any reasons beyond the control of the event organizer i.e. earthquake, storm, flood disaster, snow, accidents and infectious diseases.
  • (9)The event organizer will not be responsible for delayed arrival of entrants on the race day due to public transportation and road conditions.
  • (10)The event organizer will not be responsible for illness, loss or any other kinds of accidents. The event organizer will conduct first-aid treatment in the event of an accident during the race; however, it will not take any further responsibilities.
  • (11)Carrying any unrelated equipment to the race is prohibited.
  • (12)Wearing or displaying any designs or brand names representing commercial names or trade names, etc. used for advertising purposes within the event site (including the race course) is prohibited.
  • (13)Usage and portrait rights of images, photographs and articles covering the event, entrants’ names, ages, addresses (country, prefecture or city) and their records used for TV broadcasting, newspapers, magazines and Internet, belong to the event organizer.
  • (14)If approved by the event organizer, photos and things like that may be sold on a commitment basis.
  • (15)Regarding any matters other than the aforementioned terms and conditions, please comply with instructions given by the event organizer.
  • (16)The race will be implemented in accordance with all relevant national laws and ordinances.
  • (17)These application guidelines are for the Osaka Marathon 2019.
  • (1)Some PCs, smartphones, operating systems and browsers may cause errors and you may be unable to complete your online application procedure.
  • (2)Regarding receipt for the entry fee and other charges
    ◎If you pay via credit card:
    No receipt will be issued. Please use your credit card statement or bill issued by a credit card company as your receipt.
    ◎If you pay at a convenience store:
    No receipt will be issued. Please use your copy of payment made as your receipt.
  • (3)Please train sufficiently and prepare properly, as well as considering your physical condition via a checkup, etc. before participating in the race.
  • (4)Costume-clad runners are not allowed to participate from Block A.
Policies on handling of personal information
  • The event organizer abides by the personal information protection law when handling participants' personal information.
    The event organizer, acknowledging the importance of protecting personal information, abides by all laws and ordinances concerning the protection of personal information when handling the same.
    The event organizer will use personal information for the purpose of enhancing services to participants, including race details, results notifications, notifications of relevant information, and providing services by event sponsors, support organizations and their affiliates, as well as results (rankings) announcements.
  • ※The event organizer or Osaka Marathon Call Center may contact participants to confirm the information stated in their application forms.
  • ※The event organizer (Osaka Prefectural Government, City of Osaka, and Osaka Association of All Athletics (OAAA)) will not provide any personal information on participants to the co-organizer (The Yomiuri Shimbun) and related mass media unless we obtain their approval for coverage.
  • Within the scope of operating this event, the event organizer may provide personal information to the related organizations including World Marathon Majors LLC which operates Abbott World Marathon Majors located in the United States and outsourcing companies including the ones in overseas if necessary.
  • For inquiries for application and request for the brochure of the race:
    Osaka Marathon Call Center
    Osaka Nishi PO Box 181 “Osaka Marathon Call Center”, Japan Post 550-8691
    Business hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (excluding Sat., Sun., and holidays)
  • ※Due to the large number of inquiries, it may take us some time to respond.
    We appreciate your understanding in advance.
Inquiries regarding accommodations
  • Osaka Marathon Hotel Reservation Center
    6F., Taiyo Nissan Shinmachi Bldg. 1-16-1 Shinmachi, Nishi-ku, Osaka 550-0013