How to watch the 2020 Tokyo Marathon

Here's where you can watch this weekend's Tokyo Marathon

February 27th, 2020 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , , ,

The Tokyo Marathon is the first World Marathon Major of the year, and it’s set to run at 9:10 a.m. local time on Sunday (7:10 p.m. Saturday EST). Although the mass participation race has been cancelled due to coronavirus, the elite and wheelchair events will still be run, promising an exciting day of racing in Tokyo.

Start of the Tokyo Marathon

Who to watch

The race, which featured over 37,000 participants last year, will only see about 200 runners competing on Sunday. Tokyo will be the first marathon of Rachel Cliff‘s season after she opened the year in Texas at the Houston Half-Marathon.

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Cliff’s marathon PB of 2:26:56 is well below the Olympic standard of 2:29:30, and it was the Canadian record until Malindi Elmore ran a 2:24:50 in Houston (where Cliff raced the half-marathon). Cliff will look to better her PB in the hopes of earning a spot on the Canadian Olympic team.

Rachel Cliff runs national marathon record. Photo: Instagram.

How to watch

The timing works out pretty well for Canadians. We won’t have to wake up in the middle of the night to watch the event, which starts early to mid-evening the previous day, depending on where you are in the country. No matter where you’re located, you can watch the full event on Watch Athletics.

RELATED: Malindi Elmore shatters Canadian marathon record in 2:24:50

Tracking and live results

If you can’t watch the race from start to finish, you can still keep up with the results in real time. Head over to the Tokyo Marathon website and follow along.