Obuse's Half Marathon
Obuse Mini Marathon : 小布施町
Quirky Half-Marathon in the Quaint Town of Obuse.
Known as the Obuse Mi-ni Marathon ("mi-ni" also means "Come See" in Japanese), this flamboyant road race through the back roads and byways of the chestnut village, Obuse, is a lighthearted even put on by the townspeople for the enjoyment of the participants and visitors.
More of a fun-run to enjoy this enchanting town than a serious road race, the Obuse Half-Marathon is popular event that the town of Obuse puts on every July. It seems like the whole town, young and old, come out to cheer on the 8,000-or so runners, many of whom dress up in whimsical costumes. Obuse has some major tourist attractions such as the Hokusai Museum and chestnut sweet shops, but the Half-Marathon is a chance to see some of the lesser known areas of the town.
- Starts 6:00-
- Event takes place in July. Confirm actual date with the official website.
2017 date is July 16th.
- Cost / Price of Admission
- Confirm with the official website.
- Time Required
- 5 hours
- Required(Registration required to run in the marathon.)
- # of Participants
- Foreign Languages
- English (Available the day of the race.)
- Luggage Storage
Registration required to participate. Baggage storage available but now valuables.
Above address is the location of the start of the race. Race office address is 2408-9 Obuse Hayashi, Obuse Town, Kamitakai-gun, Nagano Pref. 381-0201
- By Train
- From Obuse Station(Nagano Dentetsu Nagano Line), the race starts.
- By Car
- Public Transportation is recommended.
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