Application Guidelines

1. Race Name Chiba Aqualine Marathon 2018
2. Organizer Chiba Prefecture, Chiba Prefectural Board of Education
3. Co-organizers Kisarazu City, Sodegaura City, Kisarazu City Board of Education, Sodegaura City Board of Education, Association for the Promotion of Regional Development Utilizing Tokyo Bay Aqualine, Naka-Boso Tourism Promotion Network Association
4. Planning and Operation Chiba Aqualine Marathon Executive Committee
5. Management Chiba Athletics Association
6. Operational Support Kanto Para Athletics Association
7. Sponsors Chiba Physical Education Association, Chiba Sports Promotion Committee, Chiba Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chiba Federation of Commerce and Industry, Chiba Federation of Small and Medium Enterprises, Chiba Economic Association, Chiba Federation of Executives, Chiba Association of Corporate Executives, Chiba Prefectural Tourism & Local Products Association, Chiba Agriculture Cooperative Association (JA Chiba), Chiba Fishery Cooperative Association, Chiba Prefectural Bus Association, Chiba Prefectural Taxi Association, Chiba Medical Association, Chiba Nursing Association, East Japan Highway Corporation Kanto Branch Office, Chiba Nippo, Inc., Chiba Television Broadcasting Inc., Bay FM Inc., Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Kanto District Transport Bureau Chiba Office, Transport and Tourism Kanto District Transport Bureau Kanto Regional Development Bureau Chiba National Highway Office.
8. TV Broadcast (under consideration)
9. Date and Time Sunday, October 21, 2018
9:55 Start (Wheelchair Half Marathon) (*in case of shortened race, will start at 10:25)
10:00 Start (Marathon & Half Marathon together) (*in case of shortened race, will start at 10:30)
11:00 End of Wheelchair Half Marathon race
13:10 End of Half Marathon race
16:00 End of Marathon race
*In case the Executive Committee decides that the bridge section of the Aqualine cannot be used due to strong wind, etc., shortened race
using only ordinary roads will be implemented.
10. Events, Capacity, Time Limit
Event Capacity Time Limit
Marathon
(42.195 km)
12,000 people 6 hours
(from start signal)
Half Marathon
(21.0975 km)
In total for both events 5,000 people
*We expect to accommodate around 10 people for Wheelchair Half Marathon
3 hours 10 minutes
(from start signal)
Wheelchair Half Marathon
(21.0975 km)
1 hours 05 minutes
(from start signal)
* We will introduce a “group competition” in the marathon event this time.
・ This competition targets group participants consisting of 3-6 people each group.
・ The average net time of the top 3 people in the team will be used to rank the competing teams.
・ Participants can attach their team names.
・ The top 3 teams will be awarded (see point 15 on awards.)
11. Course

(1). Marathon

Start: Shiohama Park (Kisarazu City)
[Passing points: Kisarazu Kaneda IC, Umi Hotaru, Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu, Sodegaura City Hall, Sodegaura Park, Hotaruno, Kiyomidai]

Finish: Former Kisarazu City Hall

(2). Half Marathon and Wheelchair Half Marathon

Start: Shiohama park (Kisarazu City)
[Passing points: Kisarazu Kaneda IC, Umi Hotaru, Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu]

Finish: Ushigome Coast

*For all events, in case the Executive Committee decides that the bridge section of Aqualine cannot be used due to strong wind, etc., shortened races using only ordinary roads will be implemented so that the Marathon event will be changed to a Three-quarter Marathon (31.646 km), and Half Marathon will be changed to Challenge Run (10.2 km).

12. Eligibility for Entry (1) For those who were born before April 1, 2000, able to finish marathon in 5 hours and 40 minutes, or half marathon in 2 hours and 50 minutes, or wheelchair half marathon in 1 hour.
(2) Wheelchair Half Marathon can only be run using race-specification wheelchair models and is limited to participants with disabilities.
(3) Participants who cannot viably run alone may be accompanied by one co-runner (accompanying person). However, the participant is responsible for the arrangement of the co-runner. Guide dogs are not allowed.
13. Fees (1) Marathon 12,500 JPY
(2) Half Marathon 9,500 JPY
(3) Wheelchair Half Marathon 9,500 JPY
14. Charity Program Charity programs will be implemented for social contribution.
(1) How to Participate
1. Runner Charity
Choose a charity preference when applying. A 500-JPY charity fee will be charged separately from the participation fee.
2. Special Charity Frame (limited to 20, first-come-first-served basis)
Those who donate 100,000 JPY will be able to participate free of charge (including an optional special charity frame at the time of application).
(2) Donation Destination
The donations, excluding required expenses, will be distributed equally to the following organizations:
1. Japanese Red Cross Society Chiba Prefecture Branch
2. Japanese Para-Sports Association
3. All Japan High School Athletic Federation (Special Donation for 2020 Inter High)
・ Donators will be given an “Original Race Silicon Band” along with a number card.
・ Runners who register as a pair or a group and wish to donate, will be considered to participate as a whole.
・ Runners who participate in the special charity event can receive tax incentives based on the proof of the donation to the above recipients.
・ Please apply after agreeing to the above conditions.

15. Awards

(1) Marathon

1. Top 8 finishers overall (male and female respectively) will be awarded.
2. Top male and female runners for each age will be awarded.
3. Top 3 groups will be awarded.

(2) Half Marathon

1. Top 3 finishers overall (male and female respectively) will be awarded.
2. Top male and female runners for each age will be awarded.

(3) Wheelchair Half Marathon

Top 3 finishers overall (male and female respectively.
・ Award for the top 3 finishers for Marathon (except group competition), Half Marathon, and Wheelchair Half Marathon will be given on the day of the event. Others will receive a certificate by post at a later date.
・ The award ceremony for Half Marathon and Wheelchair Half Marathon will be carried out in the Former Kisarazu City Hall.

16. Rules (1) Based on the 2018 Competition Rules of Japan Association of Athletics Federations and the regulations of this event.
(2) Organizer may cancel the event or change the course due to strong wind, unexpected accidents, natural disaster, or other cause.
(3) For the safety of participants, the organizer will set up checkpoint closure times, first aid stations, and water supply stations.
(4) During the race, participants shall obey the instructions from the referees and other relevant conference operators.
17. Checkpoint Closures The organizer will set checkpoint closures and security measures during the event.
The race will be stopped if checkpoint closures are delayed significantly.
Checkpoint Location Distance Marathon and half marathon
Closure time
Wheelchair half marathon
Closure time
In case of shortened race
Closure time (wheelchair)
Start Line (in front of Shiohama Park) 0.0km 10:15 9:55 10:45(10:25)
1 Aqualine Entrance Intersection 8.2km 11:20 10:21
2 Umi Hotaru 13.9km 12:05 10:38
3 Aqualine Bridge Section 16.5km 12:27 10:47
4 Aqualine exit intersection 19.3km 12:50 10:55 11:53(10:52)
Half Marathon Finish Line
(Ushigome Coast)
21.0975km 13:10 11:00 12:10(11:00)
Sodegaura Underpass Exit 23.8km 13:28 12:30
6 Sodegaura High School 25.6km 13:42 12:44
7 Tokaichiba Intersection 32.0km 14:34 13:36
8 Intersection after Kimitsugakuen 36.6km 15:11 14:14
9 JA Kisarazu City 39.2km 15:32 14:35
Marathon finish line (Former Kisarazu City Hall) 42.195km 16:00 15:00
・Checkpoint locations may be changed.
18. First-aid Stations The following first-aid stations will be available to provide medical assistance in case of injuries or accidents.
First aid station Location Distance
Start line Kisarazu Chamber of Commerce Hall 0.0km
Iwane Elementary School Intersection 4.1km
Aqualine Entrance 8.2km
Umi Hotaru 13.8km
Aqualine Exit 19.3km
Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu Parking Lot No. 11 21.0km
Sodegaura City Hall 23.8km
Sodegaura High School 25.6km
Sodegaura City Social Welfare Center 27.8km
Nakago Post Office 30.9km
10 Tokaichiba Intersection 32.0km
11 In front of Hotaruno Meeting Place 34.7km
12 Kimitsugakuen 36.5km
13 JA Kisarazu City 39.2km
Half Marathon Finish Line First aid station, trainer’s booth Ushigome Coast 21.0975km
Marathon Finish Line First aid center, trainer’s booth Former Kisarazu City Hall 42.195km
・ There are AED mobile team, basic life support team, and doctor runners on the course.
・ Locations of first-aid stations may be changed.
19. Health Management ・ Participants should manage their health at their own responsibility, and it is recommended to take a medical examination beforehand.
・ The organizer is not responsible for any injuries or accidents during the race, except for emergency measures.
・ The course is quite challenging, and it is recommended that participants engage in sufficient training prior to the race. In particular, please pay attention on the upward slope after passing 33-km distance. Please check “Course Slope Map” located below the Course Map.
20. Recruitment, Application, Classification, etc. for General Runners (1) Recruitment Period
 From April 13 (Fri.) to May 8, 2018 (Tue) 5 pm.
(2) Application Classification
 Anybody who satisfies the conditions set at “Point 12. Eligibility for Entry” can apply
  1. Marathon and Half Marathon
   (I) IndividualEntry
   (II) Pair Entry (2 people)
   (III) Group Competition Entry (3-6 people) *only for Marathon
  2. Wheelchair Half Marathon
   *The organizer will prepare a special parking lot for participants of this category
(3) Application Method
 Application can be done by internet
<Application Website>
  Sports Event Website 「“SPORTS ENTRY”

[Notes: About pair and group battle entries]
・ Group representative should obtain approval from all group members.
・ Group representative should confirm registration information of all group members before applying.
・ All group members must apply for the same event.
・ Charity application must be selected by all group members.
・ Selection will be for the whole group.
・ For selection by raffle, group representative should confirm the raffle result from the <Entry Status Confirmation> located at My Page section of Sports Entry website (scheduled result announcement: June 1, 2018)
・ Application of pair or group entry is only available in Japanese.
(4) Participant Decision
・ If there is a large number of applications, the organizer will decide participations by raffle.
・ For selection by raffle, group representative should confirm the raffle result from the <Entry Status Confirmation> located at My Page section of Sports Entry website (scheduled result announcement: June 1, 2018) (5) Payment Method
Credit card or convenience store payment
21. Contents, capacity and recruitment for Special Runners
Frame Name Target and Contents Capacity Application period (2018)
1Athlete Runner Frame (only for Marathon) Runners who are able to finish one or more race(s) within certain times during the period mentioned below. [Race Period]
October 23, 2016 – March 3, 2018 [Finish Time]
Male: 3 hours 3 minutes or less Female: 4 hours or les
*for confirmation, please send a picture data of race certificate at the time of registration.
*applicants who are not selected will be automatically re-entered into the general runner category.
500 people (by raffle) April 13 (Fri.) noon – April 17 (Tue.) 5 pm
2 Para Sports Frame Those who possess a physical disability certificate.
*Please do not forget to register a co-runner at the time of entry, if required.
20 people
(first- come- first- serve basis) Marathon
10 people Half- marathon 10 people
April 13 (Fri.) noon – May 8 (Tue.) 5 pm
3 Special Charity Frame Those who donate 100,000 JPY will be able to participate (entry fee payment is not required) 20 people
(first- come- first- serve basis)
April 13 (Fri.) noon – June 8 (Fri.) 5 pm
4 Foreigner Runner Frame For those with non-Japanese nationality. 350 people (first- come- first- serve basis) April 13 (Fri.) noon – May 8 (Tue.) 5 pm
5 Accommodation Plan Frame A plan that includes race entry fee and accommodation fee for staying within Chiba Prefecture (entry fee payment is not required). 1,000 people
(first- come- first- serve basis)
*A recruitment agency will be set up separately
6 Local Four Cities Furusato Tax Frame Those who donate 50,000 JPY or more to Kisarazu City, Kimitsu City, Futtsu City, or Sodegaura City within the recruitment period through the Furusato Tax Payment System (entry fee is required separately). 92 people 23 people in each city (first- come- first- serve basis) *A recruitment agency will be set up separately。
(March 15 (Thu.) noon – March 30 (Fri.) 5 pm)
7 Chiba Sports Promotion Fund Frame Those who donate 50,000 JPY to Chiba Prefecture Sports Promotion Fund will be able to participate (entry fee payment is not required) 20 people
(first- come- first- serve basis)
*A recruitment agency will be set up separately (April 13 (Fri.) noon – June 8 (Fri.) 5 pm)
8 Regional Development Frame Organizers of any marathon race events held in Chiba Prefecture or runners who are recommended by any municipality in Chiba Prefecture. About 250 people *A recruitment agency will be set up separately
9 Post-Disaster Reconstruction Support Frame Those who live in any of 3 prefectures in Tohoku area (Iwate, Miyagi, or Fukushima Prefecture) that suffered damage due to the Great East Japan Earthquake, and those who evacuated from any of the above 3 prefectures to Chiba Prefecture are eligible. 30 people *A recruitment agency will be set up separately
・ In addition to the above, the organizer may offer participation rights to participate in the events hosted by Chiba Aqualine Marathon Executive Committee.
22. Application (General) (1) How to apply
Application will be accepted through the internet. Please apply through the following URL.
*Since there are categories with first-come-first-served system, we recommend runners to complete user registration on Sports Entry application website beforehand.

(General Runners)
No. Type of Application Recruitment Period URL QR Code
1 General Runner Frame (Japanese language)
Raffle
April 13 (Fri.) to May 8, 2018 (Tue) 5 pm http://spoen.net/73202
(Special Runners)
No. Type of Application Recruitment Period URL QR Code
2 Athlete Runner Frame
Raffle
April 13 (Fri.) noon – April 17 (Tue.) 5 pm http://spoen.net/73201
3 Para Sports Frame
First-come-first-served
April 13 (Fri.) noon – May 8 (Tue.) 5 pm http://spoen.net/73203
4 Special Charity Frame
First-come-first-served
April 13 (Fri.) noon – June 8 (Fri.) 5 pm http://spoen.net/73203
<Inquiries on no. 1, 2, 3, 4 above (in Japanese>
Sports Entry Customer Support Center TEL:0570-550-846
*Please press “2” after recorded guidance.
Operating hours: Weekdays 10:00 – 17:30 (except weekends and holidays)
URL:https://www.sportsentry.ne.jp/inquiry
5 Foreigner Runner Frame (English)
First-come-first-served
April 13 (Fri.) noon – May 8 (Tue.) 5 pm https://jtbsports.jp/en/events/events-detail.php?id=6257
6 Foreigner Runner Frame (Traditional Chinese)
First-come-first-served
April 13 (Fri.) noon – May 8 (Tue.) 5 pm https://jtbsports.jp/tc/events/events-detail.php?id=6257
7 Foreigner Runner Frame (Simplified Chinese)
First-come-first-served
April 13 (Fri.) noon – May 8 (Tue.) 5 pm https://jtbsports.jp/cn/events/events-detail.php?id=6257
<Inquiries on no. 5, 6, 7 above (available in foreign languages>
JTB Sports Station(JTB Western Japan, Corp. MICE Division) TEL:06-6252-4009 Operating hours: Weekdays 9:30 – 17:30 (except weekends and holidays)
URL: https://jtbsports.jp/contact/contact-ins.php
*for Accommodation Plan Frame, Local Four Cities Furusato Tax Frame, Chiba Sports Promotion Fund Frame, Regional Development Frame, and Post-Disaster Reconstruction Support Frame, please contact the following recruitment agencies.

<Contact Information>
Name of Special Frame Organization Phone no. Time
Accommodation Plan Frame Information will be posted after a decision
Local Four Cities Furusato Tax Frame Kisarazu City Office Financial Department Financial Division 0438-23-8199 Weekdays 9:00~17:00
Kimitsu City Office Financial Department Financial Division 0439-56-1531 Weekdays 9:00~17:00
Futtsu City General Affairs Department Planning Division 0439-80-1223 Weekdays 9:00~17:00
Sodegaura City Planning and Finance Department Finance Division 0438-62-2404 Weekdays 9:00~17:00
Chiba Sports Promotion Fund Frame Chiba Prefectural Education Promotion Foundation 043-422-8811 Weekdays 9:00~17:00
Regional Development Frame Marathon organizers within Chiba Prefecture, cities, municipalities, etc.
Post-Disaster Reconstruction Support Frame Disaster Prevention Policy Division, Disaster Crisis Management Department, Chiba Prefecture 043-223-3404 平日9:00~17:00
(2) Payment
・ Selected applicants should pay the entry fee and additional fees within the designated period.
・ Selection will be canceled if payment is not made. Transfer fee, etc. may be required depending on the payment method.
23. From application to race participation (1) Start of application
 April 13, 2018 (Fri.) noon
(2) Application deadline
 May 8, 2018 (Tue.) 5 pm
  * Athlete Runner Frame: April 17, 2018 (Tue.) 5 pm
  * Special Charity Frame: June 8, 2018 (Fri.) 5 pm
(3) Announcement of Raffle Result
・ Scheduled on June 1, 2018 (Fri.)
・ Please confirm the raffle result from the located at My Page section
of Sports Entry website. We will also send payment information to raffle winners by email.
(4) Participation Fee
・ Please pay the fee by the specified deadline.
(5) Information on Participation
・ Will be posted on the event’s official website in early October.
(6) Reception of Participants
・ Participants do not need to go through any reception procedures on the day before or during the race.
・ Number cards are scheduled to be sent beforehand in early October. They will not be handed out on the day of the race.
*reception will only be accepted for overseas participants.
(7) Race date
 October 21, 2018 (Sun.)
24. International Exchange A small number of runners who finish this race may be dispatched to overseas marathon races (Taipei Marathon, Kaohsiung International Marathon).
25. Handling of Personal Information (1) We understand the importance of personal information, observe the law on the protection of personal information and related regulations, and handle personal information based on the organizer's personal information protection policy. For the purpose of improving the service to applicants, we will use the personal information for participation guidance, record notification, notice of related information, and to provide services from our sponsors, collaborators, and affiliated organizations.
In addition, the organizer or service providers may contact the applicant to confirm the details of application.
(2) Placement and portrait rights on videos, images, reports, the names, ages, addresses (country, prefecture, city, municipality names), etc. of the participants for TV, newspapers, magazines, internet, etc. belong to the organizer.
26. Rules and important notes on application to Chiba Aqualine Marathon [Please read thoroughly] By applying, participants agree to the following terms.
(1) Entry fee will not be returned if the registration is cancelled by the applicant.
(2) Participation will be cancelled in case of falsified information on age, gender, record, etc., or if another person runs in place of the applicant.
(3) Entry fee will not be refunded if the race was cancelled due to natural disaster such as earthquake, storm, flood, snow, accidents, contagious disease, or other incidents beyond the control of the event organizer.
(4) No refund will be made for overpayment and/or duplicated payments.
(5) The organizer shall comply with laws and regulations for the protection of personal information and carefully handle participants’ personal information.
(6) Please be aware that duplicated application to the marathon and half marathon by the same person and duplicated application in individual entry and pair entry / group battle entry (application) will be disqualified.
(7) If there are any changes to the application during the entry period, please inform the Sport Entry Customer Support Centre.
(8) Should you need to cancel your participation during the entry period, please do so from <Entry Status Confirmation> located at My Page section of Sports Entry website.
(9) No entries or changes to existing entries can be performed after the entry period. Participants may be contacted or e-mailed if there are any problems with the application.
(10) Please be advised that the organizer is unable to respond on questions about entry status or raffle results by phone.
(11) Regarding raffle result (scheduled to be announced on June 1, 2018) 1. Please check from <Entry Status Confirmation> located at My Page section of Sports Entry website. We will also send payment information to raffle winners by email on June 1, 2018 or later.
*A system usage fee (5% of the total amount) required at the time of payment on the internet will be charged to the applicant. (Depending on the selection of payment method, transfer fee may be charged separately) *Selected group participants must collectively pay the total amount for the number of people in the group.
2. If the total number of payee does not reach the capacity, the organizer may draw another round of raffle and notify the winners.
3. Please be advised that we will not reconfirm about the non-arrival of emails to the registered email address due to incomplete address.
(12) The use of substitute runner and transfer of running right are not allowed. If discovered, participant will be disqualified. Regardless of reason, no compensation or refunds will be given.
(13) The organizer is not responsible for any delay in the application due to a malfunction of the internet line.
(14) Applications may not be accepted depending on the device, operating system, or browser software used by the applicant.
(15) The following information is required: name, gender, date of birth, nationality, address (for sending materials), phone number (contact information during the day), email address, past running experience based on the application type (race name, record, etc.), target time to finish the race, presence/absence of co-runner (explain the reason if present), emergency contact person (phone, name, relationship)
27. Others (1) No refunds will be made for any cancellations due to reasons not attributable to the organizer’s responsibility.
(2) The organizer will set up a luggage service. Luggage from half-marathon participants will be transported to the finish venue and returned to the participants afterwards.
(3) The organizer is not responsible for participant’s late arrival due to public transportation, road conditions, etc.
(4) Runners cannot display or wear any design, trademark, etc., that display company name, product name etc., for advertisement purposes at the race venue (including inside the course).
(5) The organizer may consign sales of photos etc. for organizations approved by the organizer.
(6) Runners cannot participate if wearing a costume that will endanger their health or considered so by the organizer.
(7) The organizer will not issue receipts for entry fee, etc. Transfer slip shall be the substitute for receipt.
(8) Participants can go to Mitsui Outlet Park Kisarazu after the surrounding traffic restrictions are canceled (scheduled around 13:30).
(9) In addition to the above, please follow the instructions of the organizer for any matters concerning the race.
28. Inquiries regarding the race Secretariat of Chiba Aqua Line Marathon Executive Committee
Phone: 043-223-4107 / Office hours: Weekdays 9:00 - 17: 00

≪References≫
2016 Race (October 23) 2014 Race (October 19) 2012 Race (October 21)
Weather conditions Weather Sunny Sunny Sunny
Temperature:Around Shiohama Park Max. 23.0°C Min. 20.5°C Max. 23.0°C Min. 19.5°C Max. 26.7°C Min. 23.5°C
Temperature:Aqualine bridge section Max. 20.9°C Min. 18.8°C Max. 22.4°C Min. 16.3°C Max. 23.1°C Min. 20.3°C
No. of runners Marathon 11,126 people 12,969 people 13,946 people
Half marathon 4,716 people 3,840 people
Wheelchair half marathon 9 people
No. of finishers Marathon 9,964 people 11,066 people 10,296 people
Half marathon 4,485 people 3,516 people
Wheelchair half marathon 5 people
Finisher ratio Marathon 89.6% 85.3% 73.8%
Half marathon 95.1% 91.6%
Wheelchair half marathon 55.6%
Course Map (2D map)

コースマップ

*In case the Executive Committee decides that the bridge section of the Aqualine cannot be used due to strong wind, etc., shortened races using only ordinary roads will be implemented. Marathon event will be changed to a Three-quarter Marathon (31.646 km), and Half Marathon will be changed to Challenge Run (10.2 km).
*Some parts of the course may be changed due to unforeseen circumstances, such as future changes in road conditions in the future.
Transportation to the Venue Twenty-minute walk from the West Exit of Kisarazu Station on JR Boso Line
<For those using JR train>: Tokyo Station – Kisarazu Station: about 56 minutes by express train or about 76 minutes by semi-express train.
<For those using express bus> Tokyo Station – Kisarazu: about 60 minutes
(*buses run before and after traffic closure time of Tokyo Bay Aqualine)