Running

The following is a list of races that happen throughout the year here in Akita. A half marathon is 22.36km.

Application deadlines for individual races may be more than two months before the date of the event, and often require a mail-in registration form or application via https://runnet.jp/ (both in Japanese only) so please decide upon your participation early and seek help with registration from your work colleagues or others who are proficient in Japanese.

For the most up-to-date information about races in Akita (or other prefectures), please visit Runner's Bible (website in Japanese only).

April

Current

  • Yamada Road Race (第62回山田記念ロードレース兼秋田県ロードレース大館大会). [1]. Odate, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. 5km, 10km (official), half marathon (official), elementary school race.

Former

  • Kawata Hai Marathon (河田杯マラソン). [2]. Kitaakita, Saturday, April 17, 2010. Women: 3km, men: 10km.

June

Current

  • Akita City Relay Marathon (第2回秋田リレーマラソン). [3]. Akita City, Sunday, June 22, 2014. Full marathon.

Former

  • Towadako Himemasu Marathon (十和田湖ひめますマラソン). [4]. Kosaka, Sunday, June 20, 2010. 3km, 5km, 10km, 20km.

July

Current

  • Michinoku Akita Charity Run (第10回みちのく秋田チャリティーラン&ウォーク). [5]. Yokote, Saturday, July 5, 2014. 6, 12, or 24 hours of running with a team.

August

Current

  • Nihonkai Melon Marathon (第28回日本海メロンマラソン). [6]. Oga, Sunday, August 3, 2014. 5km, 10km, half marathon、parent-child.
  • Yuzawa Tanabata Marathon (第32回湯沢七夕健康マラソン). [7]. Yuzawa, Thursday, August 7, 2014. 5km, 10km, elementary school race.

September

Current

  • Oga Namahage Marathon (第1回男鹿なまはげマラソン). [8]. Oga, Sunday, September 7, 2014. 5km, 10km (official), half marathon (official).
  • Get Fit 5k (JET Organized Event). [9]. Yurihonjō, Saturday, September 13, 2014. 5km.
  • Tazawako Marathon (田沢湖マラソン). [10]. Semboku, Sunday, September 21. 10km (official), 20km (official), full marathon.
  • Akita Komachi Relay Marathon (第2回あきたこまちリレーマラソン). [11]. Akita City, Saturday, September 27. Full marathon.
  • Akita 100km Challenge (第23回100キロチャレンジマラソン). [12]. Semboku, Sunday, September 29. 50km, 100km.

Former

  • Nishime Health Marathon (西目健康マラソン). [13]. Nishime, Sunday, September 11, 2011. 3km, 5km, 8km.
  • Akita Kokusai Family Marathon (秋田国際ファミリーマラソン). [14]. Akita City, End of September. 3.5km, 10km.

October

Current

  • Ouu Oota Road Race (第16回奥羽太田ロードレース大会). [15]. Daisen, Saturday, October 11, 2014. 5km (official), 10km (official), elementary school race.
  • Kimimachi Futatsui Marathon (第20回きみまち二ツ井マラソン). [16]. Noshiro, Sunday, October 19, 2014. 4km, 10km, half marathon, elementary school race, parent-child race.
  • Akita International Family Marathon (第29回秋田国際ファミリーマラソン大会). [17]. Akita City, Sunday, October 19, 2014. 3.1km, 10km, elementary school race, parent-child race.
  • Gojome Morning Market 500 Year Celebration Marathon (第21回五城目朝市500年記念マラソン). [18]. Gojome, Sunday, October 26, 2014. 5km, 10km, half marathon, elementary school race.

Former

  • Chōkai Kogen Marathon (鳥海高原マラソン大会). [19]. Chōkai, Sunday, October 2, 2011. 2km, 10km, half marathon.
  • Ogachi Kenkou Marathon (雄勝健康マラソン). [20]. Yuzawa, Beginning of October. 3.5km.
  • Ikawa Apple Marathon (井川アップルマラソン). [21]. Ikawa, Middle of October. 3km, 5km.
  • Nishisemboku Kuromoriyama Kenko Marathon (西仙北黒森山健康マラソン). [22]. Daisen, Middle of October. 2km, 3km, 7km.

See also

Entertainment in Akita
Sports Running • Bicycling • Soccer • Basketball • Cricket • Ground Golf
Martial Arts Kendo • Kyudo • Judo • Naginatado • Karatedo • Sado
Outdoors Hiking/Climbing • Camping • Rafting • Skiing and snowboarding
Leisure Onsen • Movies • Museums and zoos • Ramen shops • Akita beer • Doburoku • Cigar stores • Festivals • Arcades • Taiko