The eagerly anticipated Osaka Marathon is expected to attract over 30,000 runners. With runners treated to a route passing some of the city’s most renowned landmarks, the race is due to start in front of Osaka Castle with many already speculating that it will become one of the most prestigious global annual marathons of the running calendar. "We have a special attachment to and deep affection for Osaka, where our company was established,” said Akito Mizuno, President of Mizuno Corporation.
Eco Trail de Paris
Almost a half marathon but not a race, la Twin Santé is a non-timed event open to all runners and walkers in teams of two for the whole of the 21 km course. Very challenging 50km and 80km (single) races are also available.
Staged in Paris, usually in the last weekend of March, Eco Trail de Paris starts from the Domaine National de Saint-Cloud to the Eiffel Tower, taking in 200 metres of ascent. The event crosses the towns of Sèvres, Meudon and Issy-les-Moulineaux before reaching the capital of France.
The 20 km of Brussels is a 20.1 km race that has been held each year in Brussels since 1980, usually in May. It used to have a maximum number of 25,000 entries, but in 2010 a staggered start-time approach led to an increased maximum number of entries of 30,000.
The race is a major event in Brussels, with a large turnout of supporters. The course is quite challenging for newcomers, particularly due to the gentle, and largely invisible, climb that covers most of the first seven kilometres. It is a very popular event, proven by the speed with which the places are snapped up every year.
Mizuno Reading Half Marathon
The organisers of the Reading Half Marathon announced Mizuno as headline sponsor for 2012, an impressive race finishing at the Madejski Stadium. The route, which is one of the world’s fastest half marathon courses, remains unchanged since the first ever race in 1982.
The race starts in Green Park, 250m from the Madejski Stadium, taking runners along the old road to Reading University before going through the city centre, over the river Kennet, past The Oracle shopping complex, under Abbey Gate, out to Prospect Park and back into town.
Regarded as one of the leading marathons worldwide and supported for over a decade by Mizuno, the Amsterdam Marathon attracts over 30,000 runners from over 65 different countries. The Dutch capital boasts one of the largest and most prestigious annual marathons with runners treated to a route passing some of the city’s most renowned landmarks such as the Vondelpark, Rembrandt Square before finishing inside the spectacular Olympic Stadium, which was built for the 1928 Olympic Games.