Tokyo Marathon Fees May Go Up by 50 Pct from 2020

Economy Sports

Tokyo, Sept. 22 (Jiji Press)--The organizer of the Tokyo Marathon is considering raising the fees paid by participants by 50 pct, from 10,000 yen to 15,000 yen, starting with the race in March 2020, it was learned Saturday.

The Tokyo Marathon Foundation, affiliated with the Tokyo metropolitan government, is mulling the move as it faces a sharp deterioration in its profitability reflecting higher costs for security measures for the annual race, informed sources said.

The organization is expected to decide the fee hike at an executive board meeting in December this year at the earliest, the sources said.

The foundation beefed up measures to protect participating runners in the wake of the deadly bombings of the Boston Marathon in April 2013. As a result, the Tokyo Marathon security costs ballooned 2.7 times over five years, having reached a record 482 million yen this year.

With terror threats expected to increase toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the foundation is considering taking further measures, such as increasing the number of security guards and installing more metal detectors and surveillance cameras.

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