When the marathon course for the 2020 Summer Olympics had been revealed, there were a couple of takeaways – one was the general hilliness but, two, was the particular hilliness of the ending. It was definitely not going to be a world record course, especially when factoring in the heat.
The 2020 Summer Olympics Marathon Is Moving to Sapporo
While really fast times are not exactly normal at Olympic Marathons (since the goal is just to win, many of the runners may not really pick up the pace), it would be nice to see some really good times at the 2020 Summer Olympics. However, between the hills and the heat, it did not look like that.
Out of safety concerns for the athletes, the International Olympic Committee released a statement that said the 2020 Summer Olympics Marathon will be moving 500 miles/800km north to the city of Sapporo instead of Tokyo. I am not sure yet what this means for the people that have tickets to the stadium for the finish, some have suggested they may have just monster monitors setup. Sapporo is where the 1972 Winter Olympics were held. It should be an average of 66 degrees at that time of year.
But, this should definitely make it better for the runners overall. Not only that, but it will also make it easier for anyone that wants to watch the marathon! Since Sapporo is so far from Tokyo, there are still plenty of hotels with availability so definitely snag one if you want to watch the marathon unfold. Flights are not cheap from Tokyo but should be cheaper than flying in from other Asian cities since Tokyo is where people are heading. There is actually a new Park Hyatt about 35 miles away as well that you could check out and is available on points (category 7).
The women’s marathon will take place Sunday morning, August 2nd and the men’s marathon will take place Sunday morning, August 9th.
I will update when I find out what the new route will be.