Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
4
(3 Ratings)  (3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.3
SCENERY
3.3
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
3.3
The Tokyo Legacy Half Marathon starts and finishes at Japan National Stadium. All finishers will receive a finisher robe and a finisher medal.
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    flyrundotfun FIRST-TIMER '23

    This is a new race — it was first held in 2022 and opened to international participants in 2023. It’s an offshoot of the Tokyo Marathon, one of the world’s … MORE

    This is a new race — it was first held in 2022 and opened to international participants in 2023. It’s an offshoot of the Tokyo Marathon, one of the world’s foremost running events, but held at another time of year. Great city center course ending in the Tokyo National Stadium. A moderate course in terms of difficulty in the city center. Well organized. Entry is via a ballot — and it can be difficult to get a place — but worth the effort of trying. See my full review here: https://www.flyrun.fun/p/tokyo-legacy-half-marathon-2023-review

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4
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    drichi2007 FIRST-TIMER '23

    Entry is by drawing and if chosen you'll need your smartphone to access the site with your entry info and q-code to get into the Expos to pick up your … MORE

    Entry is by drawing and if chosen you’ll need your smartphone to access the site with your entry info and q-code to get into the Expos to pick up your bib. You’ll need that again the next day (everything the previous day has to have been completed correctly, including getting the same “ticket” approved and stamped.) If your phone cannot connect you will go through a mess to get in, if you even can. Information was available in English on the site a few weeks before the race. It wasn’t when the drawing was held in July.

    On race day, once in, everything went smoothly. The weather was a perfect 58 degrees, but pouring rain. We froze in our blocks for about 30 minutes before the start, but things warmed up from there. The problem is that if you are not in the first few blocks, you’re race—the running part— won’t actually start for several minutes. It took mine (D) 5 minutes of walking, jogging, stopping to wait again to reach the actual start line. Fortunately, they calculated net time as well as gun time.

    The scenery? Well, it goes through some of the nicer areas of the city and you can expect to see lots of concrete and asphalt. It is Tokyo, after all. I hardly ever pay attention to the scenery when racing, but when I did, I thought it was fine for an urban Tokyo race. We weren’t running through some of the older or rundown areas that tourists could be shocked at.

    The course was mostly flat with a few minor slopes–I hesitate to call them hills—but if you count net time and ignore the turtle-paced start, a PB is very possible.

    The “swag” was nothing special, a cheap orange towel and a metal finishers medal. I bought a coffee mug at the expo instead of the t-shirts being sold there.

    I will try to get in this race again next year and would recommend it to others. Overall, I was very satisfied with everything once I got through all the red-tape. A visitor to Tokyo could run it if they were selected in the July draw and planned on being in Tokyo anyway, but I wouldn’t say it would be worth a trip to Japan just for the race.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    corey10920 FIRST-TIMER '22

    This race was well organized but it requires to be chosen by lottery and there is a lot of pre race preparatio not involving running.. If you are going to … MORE

    This race was well organized but it requires to be chosen by lottery and there is a lot of pre race preparatio not involving running.. If you are going to enter the race and don’t know Japanese prepare to use some sort translation such as Google translate. This race required a week prior temperature checks and health questions concerning COVID that had to be submitted on an App. There was a PCR test also conducted the day prior at the expo. Entering the expo and on race day required having the appropriate QR code’s on your smart phone. I have to say if you got through all the requirements the race was well organized and went real smooth. The runners start in corrals based on registration times which also the corrals were extremely well organized as needed because it is crowded at the start. The race starts and ends in the new National Stadium which was AWESOME and the course is basically out and back on a mostly flat course with a few inclines. Japan is still cautious with taking precautions concerning COVID but it was an enjoyable running through Tokyo.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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