It’s almost here. Japan’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics marathon trials. The Marathon Grand Championships Race. All of Japan’s best marathoners. All in one place. All in one race. What the people have always wanted. The first national Olympic trials race to be recognized with Gold Label status by the IAAF. The only one that legitimately met the Gold Label requirements. It was the hardest marathon ever to qualify for. It should be the best marathon of 2019. It could be the most tedious. Maybe both.

  • Japanese 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials
  • Sunday 14 September 2019
  • 2020 Tokyo Olympic Marathon Course
  • Tokyo, Japan

What: Marathon Grand Championship Race (MGC Race), the Japanese 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games marathon trials.

How: The top two finishers in each race earn places on the 2020 Olympic team. The 3rd-placer is provisionally named to the team and the 4th and 5th placers are provisionally named alternates. If a Japanese man runs 2:05:49 or better at the winter, 2019-20 season Fukuoka International, Tokyo or Lake Biwa marathons, or if a woman runs 2:22:22 or better in Saitama, Osaka Women’s or Nagoya Women’s during the same season, they will pick up the third spot on the Tokyo 2020 team. In that case, the 3rd-place finisher at the MGC Race will be bumped to primary alternate, with the 5th-placer cut from the provisional lineup.