- The 2021 Tokyo Marathon, due to take place on 7 March, has been rescheduled.
- The 2020 Tokyo Marathon was also an elite-only race, owing to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 2020 Tokyo Marathon was the first Marathon Majors race to be affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The race was cancelled for 38,000 mass-participation runners in February, taking place as an elite-only race on March 1.
The 2021 race has been the subject of speculation in the media, with rumours circulating that the marathon would be an elite-only race for the second year running. Today, Tokyo Marathon organisers have confirmed the race has been rescheduled to 17 October, due to ongoing concerns about coronavirus.
38,000 runners are due to take part in the race next October. The Tokyo Olympic Games are set to start on 23 July 2021. Last month organisers said they had to go ahead, 'at any cost'.
At the moment, all of the 2021 World Marathon Majors will be taking place in the autumn. The list includes London, Boston, Berlin and New York Marathons.
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