Running in Tokyo/Japan - Marathon/Clubs/Track Races


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Training Advice

In Japan, we have a professional coach, Masako Konishi.

Our member Owain Lewees:
Owain Lewees
Is a very experienced runner, if you need training advice, please contact him per message on this site or on:

Outstanding Performances by our Members


Berkut, Nataliya: 5000m - 14:59 (national record)

Saito, Masako: 3000m - 8:58 (national record for university students)


Rono, Henry:

3000m - 7:32 (world record)

5000m - 13:06 (world record)

10000m - 27:22 (world record)

3000m steeple chase - 8:05 (world record)



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Register for any of our races in by email in English, you can tell us your details by email after payment.

Blog Posts

Hikarigaoka Park Run

Ran the Hikarigaoka Park Run today, managed 22:03 according to my Garmin, would have been under 22 if I hadn't missed the goal. No marshall at the last turn at 4900, but cannot blame them, as it is free, and they don't have enough staff. Great event!



Posted by juergen wittstock on November 21, 2020 at 10:09am


Our charities:

Second Harvest Japan

Refugees International Japan 35895円

KIWL55 Charity OnlineCharity run:


Donations 2019:

Runners for Orphans: $210

Please donate to the cause here:

Peace Run Japan: ¥120000

Refugees International Japan: 30000円

Donations 2018:

Second Harvest Japan: ¥302000

Peace Run Japan: ¥102000

Refugees International Japan: 80000円

English Info - Races in Winter 2020/2021

Register here for the events below:

November races:

January 10. Osaka, Yodogawa, Half, 10k

January 11. Kyoto, Kamogawa, 10k 

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    A week of running in Tokyo

    Wednesday: Oda-Field repeats, contacts: Juergen/Matthew/Eco Marron

    Sunday: Long Run, contact Juergen

    Saturday/Sunday: Long runs, trail runs, mountains: Juergen

    In order to contact people or groups, just click on the name and write them a comment or message!

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    Running Clubs in Tokyo
    This site may field the occasional team in relays, but we do not provide membership for the Japanese Amateur Athletic Association. For foreigners, this is available through Namban Rengo, please ask Juergen for details!


    Wired<>Fit Runningteam (on this site!)
    Yokota Striders
    Tokyo Hash House Harriers

    Shitamachi Joggers (meetup)


    Japanese Clubs: There are many, and lots of options to run with them, contact 

    Eco Marron on this site for more info!

    Weekly Training Session
    Our main group activity is a weekly interval track session on Wednesday nights. A typical workout is 6 x 1,000m, although on the last Wednesday of the month we do a 5,000m time trial with a Japanese club. At these sessions we generally have 20-30 people, both men and women, ranging from fairly strong to rather slow runners. The training is at a nice all-weather track between Harajuku and Shibuya. A locker room with showers is available. We generally start warming up about 7:00 and start the workout at 7:35 (time trial at 7:25). After the workout we go to Shibuya for beer and food.

    Monthly time-trials
    For these events, you don't need advance application, but you may confim with the organizer by phone. Usually, it's less than 1000Yen to take part and there are several distances (3/5/10k). Apllication is usually until 8am, start at 9am, but this may differ, so, please see the Japanese links below.


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