Gassan Ryujin Marathon portrays

Yamagata Prefecture through Sports, Nature, Food, and Hospitality.

Come see the sacred Mt. Gassan and the famous Tachiyazawa River, which was selected as one of the most exquisite bodies of water in Japan! Yamagata Prefecture is also known for harvesting some of Japan's most delicious rice. As you finish the race, you'll be surrounded by loud cheers and support from the local neighborhood - they will also welcome you back with their famous 'onigiri' rice balls and potato soup. This race is a perfect combination for those who love nature and food!

Special Events

Festival (with special appearances)
Date & Time: October 13, 2018 (Saturday) 5:30PM~
Location:Restaurant Yakukecchano
〒999-7781, Sawada-108-1 Amarume, Shonai,
Higashitagawa District, Yamagata Prefecture 999-7781
Fee: 1,000 yen
Capacity: 50 participants (runners only)
Registration: Call 0234-42-2922 to reserve

Gourmet Village
There will be Shonai specialty foods and light meals for sale at the race.

Join us for a mini lecture about sports and food and have a chance to win special prizes by answering quiz questions (while the children play with balloon art), fun for both runners and local supporters.


All runners will be in the drawing for luxurious prizes, including a stay at Tsukinosawa Onsen Kita Gassansou Resort, as well as discount coupons for Michi-no-Eki and onsen facilities. 

* You must be present at the venue on the day of the race to claim your prize.

Special Services

Participant Entitlements

Each participant will receive a commemorative towel and special gift set. 

* Child and Parent Pairs will only receive entitlements for one.

Finisher’s Certificate
Your finisher’s certificates that includes your time and place will be printed immediately at the Finisher’s Certificate booth after the race.

Tsuyahime 'onigiri' rice balls and Yamagata’s special potato soup
We will be giving out Tsuyahime 'onigiri' rice balls made from new crop and warm potato soup at one of the booths.