Hokkaido’s largest full marathon held in the summer in Sapporo
August 25, 2019
The Hokkaido Marathon is a full marathon that has been held since 1987. It is known as Japan’s only marathon to be held in the summer, taking advantage of Sapporo’s cool climate. Completing the Hokkaido Marathon has become somewhat of a status symbol among runners because of the tough conditions of having to complete the course in under 5 hours during the summer. For this reason, about 40% of participants are from outside Hokkaido. All runners start at the same time from Odori Park with the Sapporo TV Tower used for the countdown. The course then takes the runners through downtown Sapporo and streets lined with Sapporoites who cheer them on as they pass by. The 11.5 km Fun Run that follows a part of the full marathon course is also a popular draw. After the marathon, enjoy a bit of summer sightseeing in Sapporo.