Sport Overview

An ekiden is an athletics discipline where teams each consisting of several runners engage in a long-distance relay race. Each runner runs to a relay station or the goal and hands the sash to the next runner. In the World Masters Games 2021 Kansai, the course will be divided into a total of five or six sections each three to five kilometres long


【Men】Orders of runners and Age(6 sections in total)
Age: (1st)35+, (2nd)55+, (3rd)50+, (4th)45+, (5th)40+, (6th)30+

【Women】Orders of runners and Age(5 sections in total)
Age: (1st)35+, (2nd)50+, (3rd)45+, (4th)40+, (5th)30+

【Mixed】Orders of runners and Age(6 sections in total)
Age: (1st)W50+ ,(2nd)M60+,(3rd)M50+, (4th) W50+, (5th)M30+, (6th)W30+

*An athlete can compete in a younger category.

【Team composition】
Team compositions for each event are as follows.
Men’ team: 6 runners / Women’s team: 5 runners / Mixed team: 3 men and 3 women

Each team needs to nominate a manager. Managers are eligible to participate in the events as runners.
Each team can have a maximum 2 extra runners.


【Age requirement】
 Minimum age is 30 (born on or before 21 May 1991)

Sports Information Guide


Sport Discipline May 2021 Venues
14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Athletics Track & Field                    
TAKEBISHI Stadium Kyoto・Sub-Field(Nishikyogoku Athletic Park)
10km Road Race                                
Hikone 10km Road Course (The Starting Line: Hikone View Hotel)
Half Marathon                              
Kishu Kuchikumano Marathon Course
Tanabe Sports Park
Race Walking                                
Rokko Island Around Course

※The above schedule was created based on the information that is current as of June 5th, 2020. It is subject to change due to various circumstances in the future.


Tanabe Sports Park

Location 1-23-1-1 Uenoyama, Tanabe City, Wakayama
Games Accreditation Temporary Accreditation Venue:JR Kii-Tanabe Station Benkei Square(5/22-23) Sports Check-in
Access ・4minutes by car from the Hanwa Expressway “Nanki-Tanabe” Exit
・10minutes by Shuttle bus from Kiitanabe Sta.
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Sport Check-in

【Date and Time】
 Saturday, 22 May 2021, 13:00 - 18:00 Registration on the day before
 Sunday, 23 May 2021, 7:00 - 8:30 Reservation on the day
 Tanabe Sports Park
 Distribution of number cloth, runners chips and sash

Nearest Village

Masters Village Wakayama

Location 5-chome Misonocho, Wakayama city, Wakayama
Access Directly connected to JR Wakayama Station
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JR Kii-Tanabe Station Benkei Square

Location 961 Minato, Tanabe-shi, Wakayama-ken 646-0031
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