12,410 runners hit the streets on a clear and sunny day for the Okinawa Marathon

12,410 runners hit the streets on a clear and sunny day for the Okinawa Marathon

Runners at the start of the 26th 2018 Okinawa Marathon. February 18, just after 9:00 a.m., Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park (Photograph taken by Keizo Shinzato)


February 19, 2018 Ryukyu Shimpo


The 26th 2018 Okinawa Marathon was held on February 18, starting at the Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park.

The event was hosted by the Local Government Association of Okinawa, The Ryukyu Shimpo Press, Okinawa Television Broadcasting Co. (OTV), Field Athletic Society, TrusTec Mizuno JV (the organization that manages the Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park, and co-sponsored by the Okinawa High School Athletic Federation.


The event had 14,768 entries.

9,861 runners participated in the full marathon, 254 ran in the relay marathon, and 2,295 ran in the 10 km road race, for a total of 12,410 runners on the day of the race.

7,688 people crossed the finish line within the time limit, for a completion rate of 77.96%.

103 teams (or 204 runners) completed the relay marathon for an 80.31% completion rate, and 1,995 runners finished the 10 km road race for an 86.93% completion rate.


Takahiro Nakama, 29, from Tomigusuku, came in first for the men’s marathon with a time of 2:24:18, his third time winning the Okinawa marathon and his first in six years.

The women’s race was won by Kasumi Yoshida, 23, from Saitama Prefecture with a time of 2:47:31.


The men’s general 10 km road race was won by Yuuta Hokama, 21, of Naha with a time of 31:46, and the women’s race was won by Hirono Naha, 20, from Nago with a time of 39:03.

The high school 10 km road races were won by Daisuke Shimabukuro (Hokuzan High School) for the men at 31:24 and Miyu Higa (Nago High School) for the women at 38:22.


Special support was provided by companies including Dai-ichi Life Insurance, Aeon Mall Okinawa Rycom, Okinawa Bank, Orion Beer, and Okinawa Coca Cola Bottling.


(English translation by T&CT and Sam Grieb)


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