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Athletics: Tokyo Marathon entry fee to jump 50% to cover security cost

The entry fee for runners in the Tokyo Marathon will jump 50 percent from 2020 to cover the cost of increased security, organizers said Thursday.

The Tokyo Marathon Foundation board of trustees agreed to hike the entry fee, excluding tax, from 10,000 yen ($ 88) to 15,000 yen for Japanese residents starting with the 2020 race.

Including the current 8 percent consumption tax, the entry cost per local competitor will be 16,200 yen, while the fee for overseas entries will rise from 12,800 yen to 18,200 yen.

The fee has remained constant since the inaugural race in 2007, but the cost of beefing up security in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing necessitated the hike, the foundation said.

The organizers also agreed to create a priority category for prospective runners who had repeatedly been unsuccessful securing entry to the marathon via the lottery.

With the system coming into effect from 2020, some 1,000 to 3,000 places will be set aside starting with the 2023 race for applicants who struck out in the lottery for three or more consecutive years.

Additionally, the foundation agreed to set aside 1,000 starting spots for Tokyo residents, while also creating a priority category taking into consideration age-based race standards.

All — Kyodo News+

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