“Looking for ‘more’ unique place to run? Here’s your answer.”
Kumejima, an island of 59.5 sq.km located 100km east of Naha, Okinawa,
is one of Japan’s most “beautifully preserved” island.
While it’s just a 30 minute flight from Naha, the island stores beautiful nature and culture,
along with historical background which is rarely exposed outside.
You won’t find many shops, restaurants or neon lights here.
Instead you can enjoy the original, unflavored lifestyle of Okinawa.
Kumejima Marathon is held every October
when the island’s climate is most appropriate for running.
There are over 1000 runners every year,
and thankfully we can spot quite a few repeaters.
Hey but - what’s so attractive about this marathon?
Well, here’s why.
In Kumejima Marathon you are able to select a course from 4 options;
Short : 5km
Medium : 10km
Half : 20km
Full : 42.195km
Whether you are an ‘easy-going’ runner or a ‘super’ runner,
we provide you with 4 courses to meet your request.
You may enjoy running with many Kuminchu (Kumejima local) runners
if you select Short~Medium course.
If you like it easy, grab a bottle of water and take a walk
with other participants and Kuminchu.
You can enjoy this marathon in different ways.
“Kumi no Shima”,
meaning the “most beautiful island in Ryuku islands”,
is not just a metaphor.
The beautiful emerald shore,
softly shimmering with the sunlight – along with
deep blue contrast in the offing.
The slow rhythm of the waves highlight
that you are running in the open, untouched nature.
But wait – you’ll soon be taking an insight of the Ryukyu culture;
beat of the drum, traditional “Eisar” dancers, and cheers from the local citizens.
That’s not all.
You’ll also be enjoying our special food at the aid station.
We can’t tell you what’s there yet,
Kuminchu will await with warm hospitality for you – so
keep your eyes open wide and don’t miss the aid station!
Cutting the tape won’t conclude your day.
It’s now time to enjoy the “Free Awamori” stand-up party.
Once you make a toast, you are
no longer our “guest” – you are “Kuminchu”!
Take this opportunity to make friends
and extend your relationship with other participants and locals.
Interested in the event?
Here’s how you can make your application for Kumejima Marathon.
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Call us directly at +81-98-987-4000 and request application.
Operating hours: Mon-Fri, 10:30 – 16:00 JST
Here are some additional points of contact
if you need more assistance with your plan.
Feel free to contact and request support – we’re here for You!
Kumejima Tourism Bureau
Mon~Fri(*) 8:30-17:00 JST
* excluding national holiday
Kumejima Marathon HQ
Mon~Fri(*) 9:00-17:00 JST
* excluding national holiday
Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the event.
There are 2 options; by Air or by Ferry.
Air: 7 flights per day from/to Naha Airport, approx. 30min one way.
Ferry: 1 or 2 cruise per day from/to Naha Port, approx. 3hr30min one way.
Please note that either options require reservation in advance.
Please contact Kumejima Tourism Bureau staff
for assistance (including accommodation reservations).
Yes, we will setup a temporary luggage storage on the day of the event.
However please keep the valuables to yourself.
We will charter free shuttle bus on the following timeslot.
Please make sure to be on time.
To Ferry port: departs at 14:00
To Airport: departs at 18:00
Yes we will be setting upper limit – but we will be flexibly accepting applications even if we reach the limit.
Participants are regarded to have acknowledged the following items when applying for the tournament.
Publication rights such as TV, newspapers, magazines, internet video, photographs, articles or records of the tournament belongs to the organizer.