“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.
This year's event commemorates the 20th anniversary of the town's establishment.
The Kumejima Marathon is an event that promotes "FUN RUN" (run for fun) among runners from all over the country. It is held to promote health, sound upbringing of youth, and physical fitness of adults, as well as the aim of revitalizing the local community through sporting events.
The events are full, half, 10km, and 5km, all on easy-to-run courses with elevation differences of less than 20m. The relaxed time limits (7 hours for full, 3 hours and 30 minutes for half, 2 for 10 km, and 1 hour and 30 minutes for 5 km) make it easy for even beginners to complete the race.
The charm of the course is that you can run while feeling the rich nature of Kumejima's shining sea, coastline, sugarcane fields, and scenic spots such as "Mi-hugah" and "Chura Fukugi" and the tropical Okinawan atmosphere.
After the finish, participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, a certificate of completion, a finisher's medal, meal coupons and a commemorative bottle of Awamori (Awamori is NOT for high school students).
The guest runner is Ms. Kayoko Fukushi.
A running class and a signing session will also be held on the day after the race
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.