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Inaugural Nagasaki Peace Marathon Postponed One Year

After numerous consultations, the organizing committee of the Nov. 29 Nagasaki Peace Marathon, the first full marathon in the city of Nagasaki and planned as a commemoration of the 75th anniversary year of the U.S. atomic bombing of the city, have determined that it is not possible to estimate when the worldwide coronavirus crisis will end and as such will postpone the race for about one year from its original date. We hope to be able to stage the race next year and will plan accordingly, but the priority before that is for the coronavirus crisis to come to a resolution so that the event can be put on safely. Once that is the case we will examine a new schedule for the event.

We sincerely apologize to all those who had looking forward to the race in anticipation. All runner already entered in this year's race will have their entry fees fully refunded, and we plan do everything we can to give them priority in entering the rescheduled race. Information concerning the postponement and refunds will be posted on the official event website and Facebook page as soon as details have been confirmed. Runners who have already entered will also be contacted directly.

Tomihisa Taue
Nagasaki Mayor and Nagasaki Peace Marathon Organizing Committee Director
May 18, 2020

Translator's note: A one-year postponement with entry fees being refunded sounds like it would typically be called a cancelation unless Nagasaki was only planning on its new race being a one-off. The current state of Japan's 27 main marathons, those with 5,000 or more finishers or elite-level winning times, from October through December, representing almost 285,000 finishers total in their last editions, and 2 new races with fields of 7,000 and 10,000:

Oct. 4: Tohoku Miyagi Fukko Marathon (7,457) - scheduled
Oct. 4: Matsumoto Marathon (6,455)- canceled
Oct. 11: Niigata City Marathon (6,784) - entries suspended
Oct. 18: Chiba Aqualine Marathon (9,541) - canceled
Oct. 25: Kanazawa Marathon (10,408) - canceled
Oct. 25: Mito Komon Marathon (9,995) - canceled
Oct. 25: Shimada Oikawa Marathon (6,589) - canceled
Oct. 25: Iwate Morioka City Marathon (5,729) - scheduled
Nov. 1: Yokohama Marathon (25,195) - canceled
Nov. 1: Toyama Marathon (12,603) - entries suspended until early June
Nov. 1: Shimonoseki Kaikyo Marathon (8,650) - canceled
Nov. 8: Okayama Marathon (13,491) - entries suspended
Nov. 8: Fukuoka Marathon (11,349) - canceled
Nov. 8: Ibigawa Marathon (5,818) - canceled
Nov. 15: Kobe Marathon (19,444) - scheduled, lottery results TBA on June 16
Nov. 22: Tsukuba Marathon (11,461) - canceled
Nov. 23: Fukuchiyama Marathon (6,429) - TBA
Nov. 23: Ohtawara Marathon (1,697) - canceled
Nov. 29: Osaka Marathon (31,594) - entries suspended
Nov. 29: Fujisan Marathon (7,200) - entries suspended until late June
Nov. 29 Nagasaki Peace marathon (1st running, field of 10,000) - canceled
Dec. 6: Shonan International Marathon (16,821) - entries suspended
Dec. 6: Naha Marathon (14,660) - entries suspended until August
Dec. 6: Fukuoka International Marathon (370) - TBA
Dec. 13: Saitama International Marathon (13,340) - canceled
Dec. 13: Nara Marathon (11,137) - entries suspended
Dec. 13: Aoshima Taiheiyo Marathon (8,043) - scheduled
Dec. 20: Hofu Marathon (2,724) - TBA
Dec. 20: Mie Matsuzaka Marathon (1st running, field of 7,000) - entries suspended

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translated by Brett Larner

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Andrew Armiger said…
Okay, good to have this information. This is a race we (my wife and I) had been targeting for a while. Hopefully it will become an annual event.
BTW, the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park is one of the most profoundly solemn places I have ever visited. I suspect the same would be true of Hiroshima memorials.✌️

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