Like many other events across the world, the “Yokohama Marathon 2020” had to slam the brakes on this year because of the outbreak of COVID-19. However, don’t put your running shoes away for the colder months just yet – the Yokohama Marathon has gone virtual! This means that you can still test your limits, reach for new PB’s and satisfy your crazy running addiction by competing in the virtual run.

Runners can choose from 3 different races; a 10km, Half Marathon or a Full Marathon, depending on their running ability or distance preference. Whilst you can complete the run in one go, the virtuality of the race means that runners can run the distance in sections over multiple dates during the 2 week holding period, making the race accessible for both beginners and experienced runners who are short on time. Upload evidence of your run via the Marathon’s website.

Original Yokohama Marathon 2020 wristbands will be distributed to runners taking part in the race, be sure to wear it and aim for the finish line!
Partakers will also be encouraged to take part in a special photo competition – take photos of beauty spots you come across on your running course and share them via SNS with the hashtag #第1回オンライン横浜マラソン. Details about prizes for the photo contest will be disclosed to winners chosen by the marathon organising committee.
Additionally, 50 lucky participants will be chosen at random and receive entry to next year’s running event.

Online Yokohama Marathon 2020 (Virtual Race)

Dates: 2 week period from Sunday 1 November to Saturday 14 November 2020
Participation fee: 2,500 yen plus 220 yen application fee

Participants may choose from the following Distances:
Full Marathon 26.2 miles (42.2km)
Half Marathon 13.1 miles (21.1km)

To take part in the event, applicants should apply by October 23 2020 23:59 (Japan Time/ GMT+9).
Though the event is run by the Yokohama Marathon, you can take part in the virtual event from wherever you may be – just tie those laces up, hit record on the GPS training app TATTA (for iOS and Android) and go!

By - Connie Sceaphierde.