The Osaka marathon has a fun and varied course that features popular sights. The course is runner-friendly as it has relatively few height differences, but it is recommended to train well so that you can enjoy running. It would also be good to learn the course in advance and imagine how to run the entire course, if possible. I also suggest you to decide the time allocation at each point and check the time on your watch while running.
The time limit of the Osaka Marathon is seven hours. You can cross the finish line even in a gentle pace like nine minutes per kilometer, so just relax and have fun!
Check Point Cut-off Time
|Checkpoint||Location||Distance||Cut-off time〈From starting sound〉|
|5km Checkpoint||5.0km||Osaka City Hall||10:28〈1h 28min.〉||9:12〈17min.〉|
|12km Checkpoint||12.9km||U-turn at Ichiokamotomachi||11:38〈2h 38min.〉||9:38〈43min.〉|
|17km Checkpoint||17.8km||Nakabiraki Intersection||12:21〈3h 21min.〉||9:55〈1h〉|
|21km Checkpoint||21.7km||Minamihiraki Park||12:56〈3h 56min.〉||10:08〈1h 13min.〉|
|25km Checkpoint||25.0km||Nipponbashi 1 intersection||13:26〈4h 26min.〉||N/A|
|30km Checkpoint||30.2km||Osaka Institute of Public Health||14:12〈5h 12min.〉||N/A|
|34km Checkpoint||34.1km||Momodani Junior High Intersection||14:48〈5h 48min.〉||10:49〈1h 54min.〉|
|36km Checkpoint||36.6km||Imazato Intersection||15:10〈6h 10min.〉||N/A|
|38km Checkpoint||38.7km||Nakahama Sewage Treatment Plant||15:29〈6h 29min.〉||N/A|
|41km Checkpoint||41.1km||South of Shin-Shigino Bridge||15:51〈6h 51min.〉||N/A|
Pointers for runners
The day before the marathon
Get sufficient sleep and have a substantial meal to be in a good physical condition. Eating carbohydrates on the evening before the marathon will be a source of energy for running.
Water and Foods
Be sure to drink water and eat foods at stations during the race. You may produce one liter of sweat when you run 10 km in hot weather. While drinking water at regular intervals, it is also recommended to take a small amount of high-calorie foods and salt every 20/30 minutes after passing 15 km.
It is a good idea to have two sets of wear ready for cold and hot weather. The ideal temperature for marathon is from 13 to 14 degrees Celsius, so this can be a criterion to decide what to wear. The road lies along the bay after 35 km, so a strong wind is likely to blow on a cold day. It would be better to prepare for the cold weather, such as wearing running half tights. On a hot day, it will be difficult to set your personal best time. Reconsider the pacing and time allocation, and run the race with careful attention paid to adequate hydration. On a rainy day, there are some runners who wear rain capes and throw them to roadsides when they start running, but it may cause other runners to slip and fall on the thrown capes. Please put the cape in designated trash cans or areas that don't inhibit other runners. Let's be a good-mannered runner!
Portable toilets are prepared at Osaka Castle Park, but there will be a crowd waiting in lines. You can go to the toilet at a hotel and other places before getting to the start area. More toilets will be available after passing 25 km.