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Fukuoka Marathon

Fukuoka Marathon

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Fukuoka Marathon
Fukuoka Marathon Monument.jpg
The Fukuoka Marathon monument at Hakata Station with footprints of past winners
DateEarly December
LocationFukuoka, Japan Japan
Event typeRoad
Official siteFukuoka Marathon
The Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship (福岡国際マラソン Fukuoka Kokusai Marason?), held in Fukuoka, Japan, is an IAAF Gold Label international men's marathon race established in 1947. It is usually held on the first Sunday in December.
The course record is held by Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia, running 2:05:18 in 2009 to best his own record from the previous year.[1]


In its early years, the race had a rotating venue format, but these races are contained within the Fukuoka history as they all shared a common organiser and sponsor (the Asahi Shimbun, a Japanese national newspaper). The inaugural edition was launched in 1947 as the "Kanaguri Prize Asahi Marathon" (金栗賞朝日マラソン Kanaguri-Shō Asahi Marason?) and was held in Kumamoto. The 1951 was the first of the race series to be held in Fukuoka. Foreign runners were invited for the first time in 1954 and Reinaldo Gorno of Argentina subsequently became the first non-Japanese winner. The competition was renamed as the "Asahi International Marathon" (朝日国際マラソン Asahi Kokusai Marason?) the following year and Finland's Veikko Karvonen became the first European victor. In 1956 the race reverted to a national race between Japanese men, but foreign runners were reintroduced for later editions.[2]
The 1959 edition saw Fukuoka instated was the permanent host city for the marathon race and Japanese runner Kurao Hiroshima became the first two-time winner that year. Water stations for runners were introduced along the course for the first time in 1961. The last race to be held outside of Fukuoka came in 1963, when a special pre-Olympic edition was held in Tokyo as a way of testing the marathon course for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Recognising the Fukuoka Marathon's increasingly international nature, the event was renamed in 1966 to the "International Marathon Championship" (国際マラソン選手権 Kokusai Marason Senshuken?).[2] A year later, the course saw its first world record performance as Australian Derek Clayton knocked over two minutes off the previous record to win the race in 2:09:36.4 hours.[3] Frank Shorter had three straight wins in 1971 to 1973 and a fourth win came in 1974, the same year that the race took on its current title of the "Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship" (福岡国際マラソン選手権 Fukuoka Kokusai Marason Senshuken?).[4]
In 1980, Toshihiko Seko won in a time of 2:09:45 hours, just four seconds ahead of Takeshi So. This represented the first time that two men had completed the marathon distance under two hours and ten minutes at the same competition.[5] The second world record of the competition's history came in 1981 and it was again an Australian runner, this time Robert de Castella, whose time of 2:08:18 hours became the new world standard.[3]
The Fukuoka Marathon is the third-longest running competition of its type in Japan, being established two years after the Lake Biwa Marathon and one year after the Kochi Marathon. This makes it the tenth longest running annual marathon race in recorded history.[6] The competition has hosted the men's marathon championship race numerous times: it first held the event in 1955 and then hosted the race on a biennial basis from 1963 to 1997. It now hosts the national championship race once every three years, on a rotational basis alongside the Lake Biwa and Tokyo Marathons.[7]


Male runners who have achieved the following times in an official event of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) or a race for members of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) in a certain period, and who are aged 19 years or older on the day of the race can apply for the race.[8]
Group A:
1) Marathon: under 2 hours 27 minutes
2) 30 km road race: under 1 hour 35 minutes
3) Half-marathon: under 1 hour 05 minutes 
Group B:
1) Marathon: under 2 hours 40 minutes
2) 30 km road race: under 1 hour 50 minutes
3) Half-marathon: under 1 hour 10 minutes 

Past winners[edit]

Ethiopia's Tsegaye Kebede is the current course record holder.
Samuel Wanjiru won in 2007 and went on to take the 2008 Olympic marathon title.
Gezahegne Abera is a three-time race winner
Robert de Castella (right) of Australia set a world record at the 1981 edition.
Frank Shorter had a record four straight wins in Fukuoka from 1971 to 1974.
Key:   Course record   Japanese championship race
EditionDateWinnerCountryTime (h:m:s)Notes
69thDecember 6, 2015Patrick Makau Kenya2:08:18
68thDecember 7, 2014Patrick Makau Kenya2:08:22
67thDecember 1, 2013Martin Mathathi Kenya2:07:16
66thDecember 2, 2012Joseph Gitau Kenya2:06:58
65thDecember 4, 2011[9]Josephat Ndambiri Kenya2:07:36
64thDecember 5, 2010Jaouad Gharib Morocco2:08:24
63rdDecember 6, 2009Tsegaye Kebede Ethiopia2:05:18
62ndDecember 7, 2008Tsegaye Kebede Ethiopia2:06:10
61stDecember 2, 2007Samuel Wanjiru Kenya2:06:39
60thDecember 3, 2006Haile Gebrselassie Ethiopia2:06:52
59thDecember 4, 2005Dmytro Baranovskyy Ukraine2:08:29
58thDecember 5, 2004Tsuyoshi Ogata Japan2:09:10
57thDecember 7, 2003Tomoaki Kunichika Japan2:07:52
56thDecember 1, 2002Gezahegne Abera Ethiopia2:09:13
55thDecember 2, 2001Gezahegne Abera Ethiopia2:09:25
54thDecember 3, 2000Atsushi Fujita Japan2:06:51 NR
53rdDecember 5, 1999Gezahegne Abera Ethiopia2:07:54
52ndDecember 6, 1998Jackson Kabiga Kenya2:08:42
51stDecember 7, 1997Josia Thugwane South Africa2:07:28
50thDecember 1, 1996Lee Bong-ju South Korea2:10:48
49thDecember 3, 1995Luíz Antônio Brazil2:09:30
48thDecember 4, 1994Boay Akonay Tanzania2:09:45
47thDecember 5, 1993Dionicio Cerón Mexico2:08:51
46thDecember 6, 1992Tena Negere Ethiopia2:09:04
45thDecember 1, 1991Shuichi Morita Japan2:10:58Current course layout introduced
44thDecember 2, 1990Belayneh Dinsamo Ethiopia2:11:35
43rdDecember 3, 1989Manuel Matias Portugal2:12:54
42ndDecember 4, 1988Toshihiro Shibutani Japan2:11:04
41stDecember 6, 1987Takeyuki Nakayama Japan2:08:18
40thDecember 7, 1986Juma Ikangaa Tanzania2:10:06
39thDecember 1, 1985Hisatoshi Shintaku Japan2:09:51Course layout changed
38thDecember 2, 1984Takeyuki Nakayama Japan2:10:00
37thDecember 4, 1983Toshihiko Seko Japan2:08:52
36thDecember 5, 1982Paul Ballinger New Zealand2:10:15
35thDecember 6, 1981Robert de Castella Australia2:08:18 WR
34thDecember 7, 1980Toshihiko Seko Japan2:09:45
33rdDecember 2, 1979Toshihiko Seko Japan2:10:35
32ndDecember 3, 1978Toshihiko Seko Japan2:10:21
31stDecember 4, 1977Bill Rodgers United States2:10:56
30thDecember 5, 1976Jerome Drayton Canada2:12:35
29thDecember 7, 1975Jerome Drayton Canada2:10:09
28thDecember 8, 1974Frank Shorter United States2:11:32
27thDecember 2, 1973Frank Shorter United States2:11:45
26thDecember 3, 1972Frank Shorter United States2:10:30
25thDecember 5, 1971Frank Shorter United States2:12:51
24thDecember 6, 1970Akio Usami Japan2:10:38
23rdDecember 7, 1969Jerome Drayton Canada2:11:13
22ndDecember 8, 1968Bill Adcocks England2:10:48
21stDecember 3, 1967Derek Clayton Australia2:09:37 WR
20thNovember 27, 1966Mike Ryan New Zealand2:14:05
19thOctober 10, 1965Hidekuni Hiroshima Japan2:18:36
18thDecember 6, 1964Toru Terasawa Japan2:14:49
17thOctober 15, 1963Jeff Julian New Zealand2:18:01Held in Tokyo
16thDecember 2, 1962Toru Terasawa Japan2:16:19
15thDecember 3, 1961Pavel Kantorek Czech Republic2:22:05
14thDecember 4, 1960Barry Magee New Zealand2:19:04
13thNovember 8, 1959Kurao Hiroshima Japan2:29:34Fukuoka becomes permanent host
12thDecember 7, 1958Nobuyoshi Sadanaga Japan2:24:01Held in Utsunomiya
11thDecember 1, 1957Kurao Hiroshima Japan2:21:40Held in Fukuoka City
10thDecember 9, 1956Keizo Yamada Japan2:25:15Held in Nagoya
9thDecember 11, 1955Veikko Karvonen Finland2:23:16Held in Fukuoka/Koga
8thDecember 5, 1954Reinaldo Gorno Argentina2:24:55Held in Kamakura/Yokohama
7thDecember 6, 1953Hideo Hamamura Japan2:27:26Held in Nagoya
6thDecember 7, 1952Katsuo Nishida Japan2:27:59Held in Ube
5thDecember 9, 1951Hiromi Haigo Japan2:30:13Held in Fukuoka/Maebaru
4thDecember 10, 1950Shunji Koyanagi Japan2:30:47Held in Hiroshima
3rdDecember 4, 1949Shinzo Koga Japan2:40:26Held in Shizuoka
2ndDecember 5, 1948Saburo Yamada Japan2:37:25Held in Takamatsu
1stDecember 7, 1947Toshikazu Wada Japan2:45:45Held in Kumamoto


  1. Jump up ^ Nakamura, Ken (2009-12-06). 2:05:18 course record and personal best for Kebede in Fukuoka. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-12-06.
  2. ^ Jump up to: a b Nakamura, Ken (2010). Marathon - A history of the Fukuoka International Marathon Championships by K. Ken Nakamura - Part 1 1947-1966. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  3. ^ Jump up to: a b Butler, Mark (2011). 13th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook (pgs. 595, 612, 614–615, 705, 707). Daegu 2011. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  4. Jump up ^ Heyworth, Malcolm et al (2010-12-05). Fukuoka Marathon. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  5. Jump up ^ World Marathon Rankings for 1980. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  6. Jump up ^ Longest Running Marathons. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  7. Jump up ^ Ota, Shigenobu et al (2010-03-27). National Marathon Champions for Japan. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
  8. Jump up ^
  9. Jump up ^ Nakamura, Ken (2011-11-04). Running in his debut, Ndambiri triumphs in Fukuoka. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-12-04.
List of winners

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