Tokyo Marathon 2024 (Closed)

Calling all Runners!

※Application for charity runner is closed on July 13. Donation is accepted until August 31! Join us, secure education for 5,000 children and girls! 

Run the 2024 Tokyo Marathon for Room to Read and transform children’s lives through education!
Your fundraising gift is a powerful means to provide the skills and confidence young students need and build brighter futures for themselves, their families, and their communities. One the most competitive marathons to get into, we are thrilled to bring you this opportunity to run with us and secure children’s futures.  

Our Goal
We aim to support 5000 young learners and girls living in low-income communities, access the gift of education.      

Application Procedures & Schedule

*Please refer to Official Website “RUN with HEART” Tokyo Marathon 2024 Charity Page
for detailed process, eligibilities, and more.

【Application Period】
June 26(Monday), 11:00 a.m. – July 13(Thursday), 5:00 p.m. (JST)

140 Runners
*Selection is made based on a higher donation amount and content of the "Thoughts on Charity & Messages" entered at the time of application. 

【How to Apply】
Select "Room to Read Japan" as the recipient of your donation on the following links:
✓Overseas Residents - Click here (English)
✓Japan Residents - Click here (Japanese)
*Website will be updated on June 26.

【Donation amount】
Minimum: JPY 280,000 (≒ US$2,000) or more.
*In addition to the donation $160 will be charged as a registration fee for international runners.

We accept AUD, CAD, CHF, EUR, GBP, HKD, USD, SGD, JPY, corporate matches, and tax benefits are available in many countries. Please check here. 

Dear runners, we have much lower slots than expected, but we are sticking with our originally set goal of securing education for 5,000 children and girls through Tokyo Marathon 2024! We do provide flexibility and the above benefits for our runners. Ask ANY questions you may have and let us support you to work/run together - email us at

✅Our Fundraising Target
We ask all of our charity runners try to raise $4,000+ in order to secure education for 5,000 children and girls!

Your fundraising goals can be...
$4,000: Support 80 children with literacy education for an entire year
$5,000: Support 100 girls to with Girls Education Program (GEP) for one month  
$10,000: Provide 80 children and girls with literacy & life skill lessons for an entire year
$15,000: Support a school's library and provide education to hundreds of children and girls

We would love to help you to set-up your fundraising page for Tokyo Marathon 2024 charity! Please email us at

General Inquiry and FAQ
Room to Read Japan(
FAQ: Please refer this page (regularly updated)

Tokyo Marathon Foundation Official Websites and Resources:
✓Official Website “RUN with HEART” Tokyo Marathon 2024 Charity Page
Eligibility for participants as a Charity runner include fulfilling all other requirements and regulations applicable to general marathon participants.

We are grateful for supporters like you, who will be joining us as a runner. Here are a few ways we would like to show our appreciation: 

  1. Run with Sub3! Pre-race Emperor's Palace Run!
  2. Room to Read special T-shirt
  3. Thank you message from Room to Read beneficiaries 
  4. A message of encouragement from Room to Read CEO, Geetha Murali
  5. Cheerful support along the course!
  6. Facebook group page for our Room to Read charity runner community

Testimonials from charity runner of the Tokyo Marathon 2023

◆Dr. Lynn Clayton-Prince (USA)
"I had the pleasure and opportunity to participate in the Tokyo Marathon 2023 with the help of Room to Read.  Room to Read provided me with the opportunity to travel to Japan, and I was able to give back with a donation.  My donation provided reading resources for children and helped to create lifelong learners.  I  was impressed with knowing what my contribution was going towards.  I would encourage others to support this great organization in the future."

◆ Mr. Bhup Rwal (USA)
"I choose to run for Room to Read Japan because of their goal of helping kids who are in need to advance their dreams of education worldwide. The best charity goals that fit my own vision and preferences. They use 100% of donations towards supporting their goal of facilitating kids to read and learn. The charity team was wonderful to help promptly in all steps and answered my questions."

◆ Mr. Kyoichiro Suzuki and Mrs. Naoko Suzuki (Japan)
"We fully support Room to Read's focus on children's education and their commitment to efficient and waste-free initiatives. Over the past 13 years, we have been proud to support and walk alongside them. Please consider running as a charity runner, envisioning the resilient determination of children as they move forward."

For more comments and runners' photos from Tokyo Marathon 2023, please refer to the following pages:

About Room to Read

Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, Room to Read is creating a world free from illiteracy and gender inequality. We are achieving this goal by helping children in historically low-income communities develop literacy skills and a habit of reading, and by supporting girls as they build skills to succeed in school and negotiate key life decisions. We collaborate with governments and other partner organizations to deliver positive outcomes for children at scale. Room to Read has benefited more than 32 million children and has worked in 21 countries and in more than 49,000 communities, with additional support through remote solutions that facilitate learning beyond the classroom. Room to Read aims to reach 40 million children by 2025. Learn more at

Learn more about Room to Read’s Literacy Program and Girl's Education Program



Inside Room to Read's Literacy Program


Literacy Program Fact Sheet

The global education emergency caused by the COVID-19 pandemic will set millions of students back permanently. We know that it is crucial for students to develop literacy skills and the habit of reading in early primary school to have a strong foundation for learning throughout their lifetimes.

Learn more about Room to Read’s Literacy Program

Girl's Education Program Fact Sheet

Right now, approximately 129 million girls around the world are not in school. When you educate a girl, everything changes. Help Room to Read make change possible by benefiting more girls than ever before this year with our Girls’ Education Program.

Learn more about Room to Read’s Girl's Education Program