The Nagoya Women’s Marathon announced that female athletes will have the chance to run in the world’s largest women’s-only marathon on March 12, 2023, as Japan has eased its Covid travel restrictions.

The Nagoya Women’s Marathon is an elite event as well as a global festival for women runners, dedicated to welcoming all women who love running, from the world’s top female athletes to fun runners and first-time marathon challengers. All finishers will receive an exclusively designed Tiffany & Co. pendant, handed one-by-one by a member of the Omotenashi (Hospitality) Squad dressed in tuxedos. An online marathon will also be held for those who prefer participating virtually. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until Wednesday, November 30 at 23:59 Japan time, and the capacity for overseas runners is 3,500, including the in-person and virtual races.

Enter here: https://womens-marathon.nagoya/en/ and select either the in-person race or the virtual race.
In addition, the Nagoya City Marathon (mixed half marathon & 10km), which will be held in conjunction with the Nagoya Women’s Marathon on the same day, has reopened its overseas entries as well. For entry, visit: https://city-marathon.nagoya/en/.

The next race is scheduled for Sunday, March 12, 2023, in Nagoya, Japan. This is in response to the Japanese government’s decision to lift restrictions on new entries of international tourists as of today, October 11, 2022, after nearly 2.5 years of strict border control due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Specifically, the visa exemption arrangements, which had been suspended during the pandemic, are resumed, the ban on individual travel (without a travel agency) is lifted, and the daily arrival cap of 50,000 is removed. Although all travellers and returnees, regardless of nationality, will still be required to provide either a certificate of three doses of Covid-19 vaccination or a negative result of a pre-departure COVID-19 test, the country has become dramatically easier to visit for international tourists.

2022 results

1. Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) – 2:17:18

2. Lonah Chemptai Salpeter (ISR) – 2:18:45

3. Yuka Ando (JPN) – 2:22:22

4. Ai Hosoda (JPN) – 2:24:26

5. Yuka Suzuki (JPN) – 2:25:02 

6. Eloise Wellings (AUS) – 2:25:10

7. Ikumi Fukura (JPN) – 2:25:15

8. Kotona Ota (JPN) – 2:25:56

9. Kanako Takemoto (JPN) – 2:26:23

10. Chiharu Ikeda (JPN) – 2:26:50

11. Reia Iwade  (JPN) – 2:27:03

12. Mirai Waku (JPN) – 2:27:16

13. Rie Kawauchi (JPN) – 2:27:52

14. Yuma Adachi (JPN) – 2:28:28

15. Hikari Onishi (JPN) – 2:28:56

16. Hanae Tanaka (JPN) – 2:30:01

17. Anna Matsuda (JPN) – 2:30:19

18. Nana Sato (JPN) – 2:30:24

19. Momoko Watanabe (JPN) – 2:30:42

20. Mayu Nishikawa (JPN) – 2:31:32

Enter here: https://womens-marathon.nagoya/en/ and select either the in-person race or the virtual race.
In addition, the Nagoya City Marathon (mixed half marathon & 10km), which will be held in conjunction with the Nagoya Women’s Marathon on the same day, has reopened its overseas entries as well. For entry, please visit: https://city-marathon.nagoya/en/.

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