Tokyo, 8 April 2019 – The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) today confirmed the route of the Paralympic marathon events, following its approval by the World Para Athletics organisation. For the first time in recent Paralympic history, the course will not only follow the same route as the Olympic marathon, but will start and finish at the same location too – Tokyo’s new National Stadium (Olympic Stadium). It is hoped this will provide an unforgettable experience for the athletes and for the spectators who will cheer them on.
Traversing the heart of the Japanese capital, the route will take in famous Tokyo landmarks including the Kaminarimon (“Thunder Gate”) in Asakusa, the Imperial Palace, Ginza’s upmarket Chuo Street, the Zojoii temple with the city’s iconic Tokyo Tower as a backdrop, and Nihombashi bridge, the historic centre of the Japanese capital. The climax of the race will see para-athletes running the final stretch leading to the new Stadium uphill.
There will be five different marathon races; men and women’s T12, for athletes with visual impairments; men’s T46, for runners with upper limb deficiency); and men and women’s T54, for those in wheelchairs other than cerebral palsy. All athletes will run the same course.
Digitally run the marathon by checking out our time-lapse of the course below: pic.twitter.com/of751LIIxj
— #Tokyo2020 (@Tokyo2020) 8 april 2019
— Paralympic Games (@Paralympics) 8 april 2019
Time-lapse video by Tokyo2020