About Osaka Women’s Marathon


Also serves as:
-Japan Marathon Championships Series
-Selection Trials for the World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023
-Selection Trials for the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022
-Marathon Grand Championships Challenge

Japan Association of Athletics Federations
Kansai Television Co. Ltd. (KTV)
The Sankei Shimbun (Newspaper) / The Sankei Sports Shimbun

Osaka City Government

Osaka Prefectural Government

Osaka Athletics


Daihatsu Motor Co.,Ltd. / CITIZEN WATCH Co., Ltd / HOKA (Deckers Japan G.K.)

Sunday, January 29, 2023 / Starting Time: 12:15

The race starts and finishes at the Yanmar Field Nagai 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 to northward to the Osaka Castle and then, Nagahori-dori where they can accelerate their pace in the last half with its up-and-down. After the halfway point, runners will run under beautiful ginkgo tress along Mido-suji, one of the main streets of Osaka, towards the City Hall. Runners will once again pass the Osaka Castle before covering the last 12 km back to the Yanmar Field Nagai. The course has renewed this year and it has difference in elevation on the original flat and fast course.

Female runners who have met the following standards in an official event of the WA or AIMS certified race from January 1, 2021 through the date of application and to be aged 19 years or older on the race day.

  1. Marathon: under 3 hours 07 minutes.
  2. 30km Road Race: under 2 hour 08 minutes.
  3. Half Marathon: under 1 hour 25 minutes.
  4. 10km Road Race: under 36 minutes.


  1. The race will be conducted in accordance with the WA rules, the 2022 JAAF rules and the Osaka Women’s Marathon regulations. WA Road Race Label regulations also apply to the 2023 Osaka Women’s Marathon, which has been certified by the WA as a Platinum Label road race. The race results shall be filed to WA.
  2. For the traffic, security and race operational reasons, we put time limits on the checkpoints closure. Besides, runners who are markedly slow at any time other than the checkpoints may be ordered to stop the race in the judgement of the referee.

Application Procedure
Fill out the appended application form and apply to the following address by registered postal cash envelope with an entry fee enclosed. (A copy of the certificate should be enclosed as well.)

Application Period
Between Friday, October 7 and Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Where to apply
The Organizing Committee of 2023 Osaka Women’s Marathon
Head Office: The Sankei Shimbun
2-1-57 Minato-machi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka, 556-8662
Phone: 81-6-6633-9632

First Call
The first call is given at Hotel New Otani from 3pm till 6 pm on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Bibs and other necessary materials will be provided to each runner.

*All runners must attend the first call. In any reasons, substitute will not be allowed.

Award Ceremony
Sunday, January 29, 2023
Award Ceremony will be held at the Yanmar Field Nagai after the race.


  1. Awards will be presented to top 8 finishers.
  2. Outstanding Efforts Awards will be given to the excellent runners among Japanese participants.

Race Certificate will be issued to all finishers.

*To only finishers, records of 10 km, 20 km, half, 25 km, and 30 km are officially approved besides a full marathon.

Doping Control

  1. The competition is under the doping control which is conducted in accordance with WA Anti-Doping rules and regulations and Japan Anti-Doping Code. A urine and/or blood sample may be taken for in-competition tests which shall be conducted in a time between 11:59 pm on the previous day of the race day and a completion of tests.
  2. When runners are selected for in-competition tests, they are required to provide ID card with a photo. Please bring any of the followings on the race day; s student ID card, a company ID card, a driver’s license with a photo or a photocopy of passport with clear headshot.
  3. Participants in the competition are required to follow Japan Anti-Doping Code and shall be deemed to have agreed to be the subject to Anti-Doping testing procedure at the time of entry.
  4. Participants in the competition may be subject to violation of Anti-Doping Rules and Regulations if they refuse or avoid Anti-Doping testing (regardless of the type of samples including urine and blood) conducted in the competition, or fail to comply with instructions by examiner, or fail to complete testing procedure due to personal reasons such as transfer to return journey. Please keep in mind that if an athlete is found acting contrary to Anti-Doping Rules and Regulations, the said person will be imposed sanctions under Japan Anti-Doping Code.
  5. Runners who are subject to blood tests, whether for in-competition or out-of-competition tests, should be aware that they require compete rest for 2 hours after the race or exercise in order for blood drawing.
  6. Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE)
    Runners who must use any prohibited substances or methods described on the International Standard Prohibited List for therapeutic purposes are required to submit the TUE application prior to the race. For further information, please refer to the following websites:
    JAAF Medical: http://www.jaaf.or.jp/about/resist/medical/
    JADA: http://www.playtruejapan.org/
    If runners have granted TUE for the prohibited substances and methods, they must submit the certificate (photocopy is also accepted) to the medical personnel in charge when testing.
  7. For further details of Japan Anti-Doping Code and Doping test, please visit the website of Japan Anti-Doping Agency (https://www.playtruejapan.org).

Infection Control Measures
Based upon “the guidance on holding road race events” set forth by JAAF, infection control measures including submission of health check sheet, thermometry and test will be conducted in accordance with the circumstances at a time of event.

Privacy Statement

  1. The organizer and the host company abide by all laws and ordinances concerning the protection of personal information and adhere to the personal information protection policy when handling personal information. The organizer may use personal information for the purposes of preliminary qualification examination, preparation of the race program, results announcement, and delivering relevant information about official website, event operation and athletic sports. Personal information may be released to media including TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and the internet.
  2. The race is broadcast on TV and distributed its video on the internet.
  3. The organizer, the host company and the third parties approved by the organizer and the host company may post videos, photographs, articles, individual records related to the race on media such as advertising materials including the race program and posters, TV, radio, newspapers, magazines and the internet by way of operating and promoting the event.
  4. The race organizer may use third parties to sell photos and other goods related to the event as deemed appropriate.


  • This race is served as the Grade 1(G1) race of Japan Marathon Championship Series (JMC Series).
  • The organizer shall not arrange a physical check-up for participants. All participants are advised to be well prepared for the race individually.
  • The organizer provides emergency medical treatment when accident occurs during the race, but shall not be responsible for afterward.
  • Participants from Japan must bring their medical insurance card (photocopy is accepted) to the race.
  • If participants withdraw from the race after registration due to inevitable reasons, it is required to submit an absence report, JAAF=36 of https://www.jaaf.or.jp/about/resist/athleticclub/form/ with a reason to the race organizer.
  • Participants must abide by WA Rule TR 5.2 regarding competition shoes.
  • If the safe operation of the race is considered to be difficult due to the reasons not attributable to the race organizer such as COVID-19 pandemic or any other natural disasters including earthquake, heavy snow, storm and flood damage, the race will be canceled. Whether to make, and the amount of the refund of the entry fee in the case of race cancellation will be determined after deducting the expenses incurred before the cancellation decision is made.
  • No refunds will be made for personal reasons after entries are accepted.

Matters to be stated in the race outlines may be added and revised depending on the infection status and governmental and/or municipal requests.

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