Saturday, May 24, 2014

50000 Enter to Run New Fukuoka Marathon

translated by Brett Larner

With the closure of entries, on May 23 the organizing committee of the new Fukuoka Marathon scheduled to be held Nov. 9 announced its final tally of applicants.  46547 people applied to run the event's full marathon, which has a field limit of 10000. 1000 of those places have already been assigned in a separate entry lottery for local residents.  The other 9000 runners will be selected from among the remaining 45547 applicants including locals not selected in that lottery, a 5.06:1 applicant-to-runner ratio.  Results of the lottery will be announced in mid-June.

3320 people also applied to run the event's 5 km fun run, which has a maximum field size of 2000.  4 people applied for the 5 km wheelchair division, which can accommodate up to 20.  Altogether the three divisions totalled 49871 applicants.

Translator's note: This is a completely separate event from the long-standing Fukuoka International Marathon held four weeks later.  The Fukuoka International Marathon's URL, confusingly enough, is, while the new Fukuoka Marathon's is  With police strict about issuing road closure permits the new event must put pressure on the venerable elite Fukuoka International Marathon.  Talk of a possible move to February for that event seems more likely in light of the new mass-participation race.

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