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The is an annual marathon sporting event in Tokyomarker, the capital of Japanmarker. It usually takes place in late March.


Tokyo Metropolitan Government Buildingmarker -> Tokyo Imperial Palacemarker -> Hibiya Parkmarker (10km Finish) -> Shinagawa -> Ginzamarker -> Nihombashimarker -> Asakusamarker -> Tsukiji -> Tokyo Big Sightmarker (Full Marathon Finish)


Year Winner Men Country Time Winner Women Country Time
2009 Salim Kipsang 2:10:27 Mizuho Nasukawa 2:25:38
2008 Viktor Röthlin 2:07:23 Claudia Dreher 2:35:35
2007 Daniel Njenga 2:09:45 Hitomi Niiya 2:31:02


Runners taking part in the 2008 Tokyo Marathon
The first Tokyo Marathon was held on 18th March 2007. However, years prior to 2007, Tokyo Marathon actually consisted of two marathons - the Tokyo International Marathon which took place on even years, and Tokyo - New York Friendship International Marathon which took place on odd years. In the inaugural year, 1981, both marathons took place. However, because it was not possible to support two marathons a month apart in the same city, from 1982, the alternating format went into effect.

The 2007 marathon was also a representative selection race of the 2007 World Championships in Athletics in Osaka. The total number of participants was set at 30,000. Of that, 25,000 people signed up for the marathon, and 5,000 signed up for the 10K run.

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