Sapporo Marathon

DatesFirst Sunday of October
Starting timeAll events 9:00 - 13:40
Half marathon 9:30
Entry price¥1020 to ¥3600 (depending on event & age)
Half marathon ¥5140 (adults)
Half marathon ¥1640 (high school students)
Location /
Getting There
Start & finish is at Makomanai Sekisui Heim Ice Arena (inside Makomanai Park in Minami-ku, Sapporo)

Course runs along Toyohira river and Odori park

First held in 1958, the Sapporo Marathon originally started out as a full marathon. From 1986, the race was turned into the half marathon, where it remains as one of the most famous sporting events in Sapporo. There are around 15,000 participants. The half marathon starts and finishes in Makomanai park and follows the banks of Toyohira river. The race winds its way to Odori park where the runners then make their journey back.

Along with the half marathon course, there is a 10km course, a 5km, 3km, and a 2km course. The shorter courses are all held within Makomanai park. The 2km and 3km race is a “fun pair” race, matching adults with children (pre-elementary school age), so there are many grandparents who take part to run alongside their grandchildren. The half marathon and 10 km run are both official courses sanctioned by the Japan Association of Athletics Federations.

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Hokkaido Guide contributor and editor. Keen photographer with a love of travel, the great outdoors and all things Hokkaido, Japan. Matt Holloway is a professional photographer and holds exhibitions around Sapporo, Hokkaido and Sydney Australia.