Capturing the essence of the first marathon major of the year
The Tokyo Marathon is unique among the world marathon majors; the newest of the 6 and the only one in Asia. TEMPO commissioned local photographer RK to capture the action from his perspective. The result? So much more than finish line photos, RK manages to take us inside the barriers, bringing us the speed of the elites, the crowds, and the party.
The course for the Tokyo Marathon changed in 2017 in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Wilson Kipsang christened the new course in 2017 with a 2:03:58.
Without question, the story of the 2018 Tokyo Marathon was local runner Yuta Shitara.
Shitara finished 2nd, and beat the Japanese record time of 2:06:16 by 5 seconds, pocketing a 100 million yen bonus (approx. $934,000 USD).
Tokyo has also become more of a destination for crew runners, thanks in part to local group Athletics Far East.