This is the first in a series of posts that will explain how to gain entry to the coveted World Major Marathon races. We begin with Tokyo… the only Asian major. Race & Entry Timeframe The Tokyo Marathon typically takes place on the last Sunday of February. This means you need to begin looking out for entry details beginning July 1st of the prior year. This strung-out timeframe is a recurring theme with the world majors.
The world majors are the most recent installment in a series of adventures that began long ago. To understand how we ended up at the majors, we’ll have to first go on a little jaunt down memory lane. Baby I was one in the handful of kids that looked forward to the yearly running of the mile in elementary school. For those too young to remember, or perhaps the non-Americans among you, the mile was a component of the Presidential Physical Fitness Award program from the 60s through the 00s.
Watch this space for posts about running adventures around the world. Most of the early posts will be about this past year, during which I completed all six of the Abbott World Marathon Majors. Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York. I’ll cover: Equipment choices. Training and recovery strategies. Air travel and hotel tips. The best ways to simply get an entry to these popular races. And of course I’ll also be going over the courses and race day logistics!