Industrial designer, 35 (Taiwanese)
I did a lot of marathons and triathlon in Taiwan but this is the best — simple. The roads here are of great quality and the support along the roads is good. It is not the same in Taiwan, but I would say the second best marathon I have done is in Taipei, albeit in January when it was really cold.
Royal Air Force community development officer, 44 (English)
This is my ninth marathon in eight countries. The crowds in Tokyo were immense. Old ladies were shouting “Go U.K.!” It was fantastic. I think it’d be a good idea for the French to invite the Japanese to teach the people of Paris how to cheer on the runners. They were there along the whole route. And there was more food than anywhere else (I’ve run).
Sara Barraza (pictured with brother Richard)
Housewife, 56 (Chilean)
I didn’t like the fact that I couldn’t bring my own drinks, to be honest, as I only have one kidney and it is important to drink a lot of water. That said, it is one of the best-organized marathons I have done. All the staff were so friendly, and the people on the streets entertained us and cheered us on, too, which was nice.
Engineer, 49 (Nigerian)
Every race is different. I did Kyoto last week, and I prefer Kyoto, as it took us out of town near a river and through a forest. Tokyo was just buildings, buildings, buildings — so artificial — so I wondered why it is one of the six World Marathon Majors. My top three have been Kilimanjaro (in Tanzania), Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and Kyoto.
Accountant, 48 (Mexican)
This marathon was so beautiful. The people were so nice and polite. I love this city. Compared to Chicago or Berlin, the course was not so easy, as it has some hills, so it is a more complex marathon to run. But I have reached my target now, as this is my sixth World Marathon Major, so I am very happy.
IT company staff, 39 (Japanese)
I have done marathons in Ehime, Shonan (in Kanagawa Prefecture), Kasumigaura (in Ibaraki) and Tokyo. Tokyo is No. 1 in terms of the support from people lining the route, and of course is the biggest in Japan. After the Tokyo Marathon, I would rank the Aqualine Marathon (Tokyo Bay) second, then Ehime in Shikoku as No. 3.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5