If you are familiar with Japan, then you have probably heard, and used, the Yamanote Line—it’s that super-convenient JR train that takes you all around the main districts in Japan. Well, did you know that there is a marathon associated with this train? It’s called the Yamathon!
The Yamathon is a marathon in which teams of 3-4 people walk or run through Tokyo, visiting all 29 stations of the Yamanote train in under 12 hours. If you can’t make the full-marathon, don’t worry, there is also a half-marathon too.
But why would anyone go through the trouble of walking to all 29 stations…why not just ride the train? Well, this is a fundraising event, with 100% of the proceeds going to Plan Japan. Plan Japan is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that provides assistance for children in 51 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. So it’s a really good cause.
One of the cool things about the Yamathon is that there is no set course, which means you can choose your own path to all 29 Yamanote JR stations. And shortcuts, secret roads, and any other cool ninja moves you have are encouraged! All that is required is photo-evidence that you visited each station, so be creative!
Chances are you will also see many people in costumes during the Yamathon, so it’s a fun way to enjoy some cosplay in the heart of Tokyo too!
So what are the details? Well, the Yamathon is scheduled for May 21, 2016, and the entry fee is 10,000 yen ($100 US Dollars). You must be 18 years or older, and be able to complete the Yamathon in under 12 hours. The Yamathon will start and finish at the Tokyo TOKIA Building, which is only a short walk from Tokyo Station. Here is the link to register online: http://peatix.com/event/146307
Also, if you don’t feel like walking or running, but still want to show your support, then you can volunteer to help the Yamathon here: http://volunteer.tokyoyamathon.com/
So get out there and take part in this fun, creative event! We will see you at the Yamathon!