After receiving over 300,000 applications for the 35,000 starting places at this year's Tokyo marathon, organisers expect increased demand for 2014. With the race's recent elevation to World Marathon Major status, plus the growing ambition and scope of UK-based recreational runners, the Japanese event is set for an upsurge in interest from British shores.
Starting in front of the impressive Tokyo Metropolitan Government building, the race passes through numerous sightseeing spots including the Imperial Palace, Tokyo Tower and the world's largest fish market, before finishing at Tokyo Big Sight Convention Centre. Leading specialist travel company, Sports Tours International has guaranteed places for UK runners in conjunction with Virgin Atlantic flight inclusive packages and hotel packages.
Brendan Fox from STI told scottishrunningguide.com: "I'm convinced that Tokyo is going to be the next big thing. This year we saw a marked increase in the number of runners we took to Japan, and as Tokyo's World Marathon Major status is more widely promoted we expect a further spike in 2014."
Brendan continued: "It can be a daunting task for British runners who fancy the idea of running at Tokyo marathon to put together all the elements of a trip. Travel, accommodation, transfers, and sightseeing options can make logistical planning difficult. That's where an experienced international travel company can really prove their worth. Sports Tours International also back-up great value packages with guaranteed places and on-site support from knowledgeable staff."
For more information, visit the STI website.