March 2, 2025
  • Marathon


If you have questions regarding Marathon Tours & Travel’s Tokyo Packages please: EMAIL OUR TRIP DESIGNER or CALL 617-242-7845

We are pleased to continue to be the exclusive tour operator in the U.S. and Canada for the 2025 TOKYO MARATHON. The event has become the most popular running event in Japan, if not the world, with about 320,000 runners vying for an entry through the lottery. As an exclusive tour operator, we can offer a guaranteed entry when you book our package.

Running has always been a revered sport in Japan. Naoko Takahashi was the first woman to break the 2:20 barrier when she ran 2:19:46 in the 2001 Berlin Marathon. The country was known mostly for the Fukuoka Marathon and Osaka Ladies Marathon, which were created for elite athletes only. The TOKYO MARATHON has embraced all runners in an attempt to become one of the world’s most popular international events. In 2012, it was selected as the sixth Abbott World Marathon Majors, and since then we’ve been their international tour operator!

The TOKYO MARATHON is an AbbottWMM Marathon Tours & Travel World Age Group Qualifying Race.



Race day transfers from the finish to hotel

Trip Extension

Trip Extension

4-night post-race extension to Kyoto



Excellent five night accommodation

Celebration Party

Celebration Party

Post-race celebration included



Day tour with lunch included

Medal Bling

Medal Bling


Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Deluxe Package/5 Nights/February 26 - March 3, 2025

      Wednesday, February 26
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      Arrive in Tokyo and transfer (at your own expense) to your hotel by the Airport Limousine Bus.  This evening we will have your Marathon Tours & Travel guides on hand at a welcome desk to answer your questions and distribute any necessary documents.

      Thursday, February 27
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      Today we will have a bus transfer to the TOKYO MARATHON EXPO to provide you with first choice of official race gear before items sellout and pick up your race packages, including bibs. Also, if you are one of our many Abbott WMM Six Star Finisher hopefuls in Tokyo you will have time to check-in at the AbbottWMM desk to get final instructions for Race Day. The afternoon is free to enjoy on your own. This evening, we will host a welcome cocktail reception at the Hilton Tokyo. (Breakfast and welcome reception included)

      Friday, February 28
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      Enjoy the camaraderie of old as well as new friends on a day tour of Tokyo’s top sites, including lunch and many locations on the marathon course. The evening is free to enjoy on your own. (Breakfast and lunch included)

      Saturday, March 1
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      Today is free to explore Tokyo on your own. Some activities we recommend include: the Tokyo Marathon Friendship Run, a sushi cooking class, bullet train day tours and/or a visit the Tokyo Tower to shop at Roppongi Hills. We are happy to provide suggestions. This evening we will gather for the pre-race pasta dinner and race briefing at the Hilton Tokyo. (Breakfast and dinner included)

      Sunday, March 2
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      Race Day! The race starts at 9:10 AM at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, a short walking distance from your hotel. Enjoy some time to rest before we gather for a post-race celebration! (Breakfast and post-race celebration included)

      Monday, March 3
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      Today concludes the TOKYO MARATHON package. Airport transfers are on your own. If you are extending your tour with additional days in Tokyo or with one of our two group extension options, enjoy one more night in Tokyo to relax and celebrate. (Breakfast included)

      (Itinerary subject to change)

  • Extensions

    • Post-Race Extension to Kyoto : Four Nights | March 3 – 7, 2025

      Please note this tour ends in Kyoto, Japan. We do not transfer back to Tokyo after we conclude the Kyoto extension option. You can book your airfare into Tokyo and out of one of the Osaka Airports – Itami Osaka International Airport (ITM) (approx. 45 minutes from Kyoto) or Kansai International Airport (KIX) (approx. 90 minutes from Kyoto). If you choose to fly home from Tokyo Narita (NRT) or Tokyo Haneda (HND), do not book an early flight from Tokyo.  You will need to book an evening flight from Tokyo and consider the travel time back from Kyoto. You could fly from Itami Osaka International Airport (ITM) or Kansai International Airport (KIX) to Narita (NRT) or Haneda (HND), or you could take the bullet train from Kyoto Station to Tokyo Station. From Tokyo Station, you will then need to transfer to the airport.

      Itinerary subject to change.

    • Post-Race Extension to Kyoto/4 Nights/March 3 - 7, 2025

      Monday, March 3
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      Free day in Tokyo to rest or explore the city! Spend the additional night in Tokyo at your current hotel. If you would like to participate in the optional full-day Snow Monkey Tour in Nagano, you must pre-register and pay an additional charge. The Snow Monkey Tour includes a round-trip ticket on the Bullet Train from the Tokyo Station to Nagano, the Zenkoji Temple, lunch, and a transfer to Jigokuani Yaen-koen Snow Monkey Park by coach bus. (Breakfast included)

      Tuesday, March 4
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      After breakfast, check-out of your Tokyo Hotel and transfer to the Tokyo Station (an English speaking guide will accompany you) for the Bullet Train to Kyoto Station.  Upon arrival you will be transferred to a local restaurant for lunch. Visits included: Golden Pavilion (Kinkakuji) and Ryoanji Temple.  You will arrive at the Kyoto Century Hotel around 5:00 PM.  (Breakfast and lunch included)

      Wednesday, March 5
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      Today will be sightseeing by a private coach bus and an English Speaking Guide. Visits include: Kiyomizudera Temple, Ninen-zaka, Sanen-zaka and the Nijo Castle.  Plan to return to the hotel around 5:00 PM. (Breakfast and lunch included)

      Thursday, March 6
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      Today is another day of sightseeing by a private coach bus and an English Speaking Guide.  Visits include: Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum and Japanese Sake Tasting, Fushimi-Inari-Taisha Todaiji Temple, Nara Park, and the Kasuga Shrine.  Plan to return to the hotel around 5:00 PM. (Breakfast and lunch included)

      Friday, March 7
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      Your departure day from Kyoto. Airport transfers will be on your own. An additional night in Kyoto is available upon request. (Breakfast included)

  • Packages & Rates

    • TOKYO MARATHON Tours | Five-Night Deluxe Package: February 26 – March 3, 2025


      • Five night hotel accommodation
      • Buffet breakfast each day
      • All hotel taxes
      • Meet and greet with Marathon Tours & Travel Staff
      • Roundtrip transfer to the TOKYO MARATHON EXPO
      • Welcome reception
      • Day Tour with lunch
      • Pre-race dinner at a the Hilton Tokyo on Saturday evening
      • Race day transfers from finish line back to start area (for Marathon Tours & Travel guaranteed bibs only)
      • Post-race celebration
      • Guaranteed race entry (USD $450)
      • Hosted by Marathon Tours & Travel staff

      Post-Race Extension to Kyoto | Four-Night Package: March 3 – 7, 2025


      • One additional hotel night in Tokyo
      • Three night hotel accommodations in Kyoto
      • All hotel taxes
      • Meals as listed in the itinerary
      • Ground transportation according to the itinerary
      • Daily touring and sightseeing per the itinerary
      • Services of Marathon Tours & Travel Staff

      Please Note:

      • We are not allowed to sell Guaranteed Race Entry Only
      • Rates may change due to currency fluctuations and city taxes
      • If travelling with a child: Per the guidelines for hotels in Japan, if the child needs their own bed, they will be charged as an adult

      Not Included:

      • International roundtrip airfare to Tokyo
      • Airport transfers
      • Gratuities and tips unless noted above
      • Travel Insurance
      • Meals unless noted on itinerary

      Tokyo Only Package:

      You may book your flights into either of the main airports – Narita International Airport (NRT) (approx. 90 -120 minutes from Tokyo by shuttle) or into Tokyo Haneda Airport (HND) (approx. 60-90 minutes from Tokyo by shuttle). Both airports will have the Airport Limousine Bus shuttle option for your transfer to the hotel. Transfers to and from the airport are at your own expense. The shuttle is the most convenient as it is door to door, but you may also take a train to Tokyo Station and then the subway or taxi from there.

      Tokyo Package with the Kyoto Extension:

      We do not transfer you back to Tokyo after we conclude the Kyoto extension option. You can book your airfare into Tokyo and out of one of the Osaka Airports – Itami Osaka International Airport (ITM) (approx. 45 minutes from Kyoto) or Kansai International Airport (KIX) (approx. 90 minutes from Kyoto). You may also opt to take the bullet train from Kyoto back to Tokyo if you prefer to book your flights in and out of one of the Tokyo airports.

      Travel Insurance

      Travel Insurance for U.S. Residents
      Travel Insurance for Canadian Residents

      Rates (all prices are per person and in US dollars)

      Additional Nights Upon Request

      Five-Night Deluxe PackageDouble Occupancy - Price Per PersonSingle Occupancy
      Hilton Tokyo Shinjuku$4440 per person$6400
      Hyatt Regency Tokyo$5095 per person$7505
      Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo - Limited Availability$7665 per person$12,335
      Optional Post-Race Extensions
      If Staying at Hilton Tokyo ShinjukuDouble Occupancy - Price Per PersonSingle Occupancy
      Snow Monkey Day Tour$955 per person$1325
      Kyoto Four-Night Package$2155 per person$3080
      Snow Monkey & Kyoto Four-Night Package$2735 per person$3660
      If Staying at Hyatt Regency TokyoDouble Occupancy - Price Per PersonSingle Occupancy
      Snow Monkey Day Tour$1025 per person$1470
      Kyoto Four-Night Package$2240 per person$3240
      Snow Monkey & Kyoto Four-Night Package$2820 per person$3820
      If Staying at Kimpton Shinjuku TokyoDouble Occupancy - Price Per PersonSingle Occupancy
      Snow Monkey Day Tour$1220 per person$1910
      Kyoto Four-Night Package$2455 per person$3735
      Snow Monkey & Kyoto Four-Night Package$3035 per person$4315
  • Hotels

    • Tokyo, Japan

      This is perfect base for exploring the vibrant, energetic city of Tokyo. In Shinjuku at the heart of Tokyo’s shopping and entertainment district, the hotel is in an ideal location to experience modern Japan. You are also just a walk to the start. A complimentary shuttle service is in operation from the hotel to Shinjuku station, and Tokyo Metro subway is directly connected to this Tokyo, Japan hotel. Explore nearby Tokyo attractions including Akihabara and the famous Tokyo Skytree.

      All 630 deluxe and executive rooms and suites were transformed by renovations in spring 2013. The hotel offers wired and wireless internet access. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the Level 1 Lobby and Marble Lounge. Rejuvenate in the 24-hour health club within the hotel and relax in the sauna or soothing whirlpool spa. Play tennis on the rooftop courts or swim lengths in the indoor pool. Choose from seven tempting restaurants offering a range of delicious cuisine. For a relaxing evening drink, visit St. George’s Bar.

      Tokyo, Japan

      A short walk to the starting corals, the Hyatt Regency Tokyo offers 4-star accommodations next to Shinjuku Central Park. It features several restaurants and free WiFi access throughout the entire property. Tokyo Hyatt Regency is directly connected to Tochomae Subway Station and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building. It is a pleasant 10-minute walk from Shinjuku Train Station. The hotel operates limousine buses which run directly between the hotel and the Narita and Haneda international airports. Guests can relax with a massage or beauty treatment at Joule Spa and Wellness. A fitness center is available for workouts. A 24-hour convenience store is located on the ground floor. Various menu Italian menu options are available at the cafè.

      Tokyo, Japan

      A Tokyo Hotel with Creative Flair – Inspired by New York’s art and fashion scene, Kimpton Shinjuku Tokyo is where creativity comes to life. Like the best galleries, there is always something new to see and experience, from art installations to retail pop-ups and locally loved restaurants. This 5-Star hotel soaks up the energy from the bustling Shinjuku district — one of the city’s most iconic areas — and manages to offer a slice of serenity within it, a calm oasis with a relaxing terrace bar, seamless service, and luxurious rooms with beds you can sink into.

      Kyoto, Japan

      The Kyoto Century Hotel is located in a convenient place for both sightseeing and business at only a two-minute walk from JR and subway Kyoto Station. Taking one step inside from the entrance, you will be welcomed into a relaxing space with hospitality that will let you forget the noise and clamor outside.

  • Event Information

    • Race Date: March 2, 2025

      Race Time: 9:10 AM

      Minimum Pace / Cut-Off Time Policy: 7 hours;
      (i) The time limits are based on the gun time (not on the net time).
      (ii) The cut-off time will be enforced at each checkpoint due to limited duration of traffic control, security operation and event operation. The runners, who fail to pass through the checkpoint before the cut-off time will be disqualified from the race. Furthermore, runners who lag excessively behind the cut-off time pace may be asked to leave the course at any time.

      Course: The course starts at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building. It drops about 100 feet in elevation during the beginning 5K. The course provides a tour of downtown Tokyo with the finish near Tokyo Station.

      Entry Fee: The entry fee is not included in your package price and is an additional cost. Marathon Tours & Travel will coordinate all race entries with the TOKYO MARATHON.

      Eligibility: Marathon Tours & Travel, an authorized tour operator, is required to offer travel arrangements in conjunction with guaranteed race entry. All runners must be residents of the USA, Canada, and/or a Seven Continents Club® (SCC) member; and must be 19 years or older on race day to be eligible for our guaranteed entries. The race is limited to 25,000 runners. For additional details, please visit the official TOKYO MARATHON website.

      Time Limit: The course is open for seven hours. The time limit is based on the GUN TIME, not net time. A cut-off time is strictly enforced at each checkpoint due to limited duration of traffic control, security operation and even operation.  The runners who fail to pass through the checkpoint before the cut-off time will be pulled from the race and disqualified.

      Number Pickup: You must pick up your race bib and packet at the TOKYO MARATHON EXPO prior to race day. Marathon Tours & Travel has scheduled roundtrip transportation to the TOKYO MARATHON EXPO on Thursday, February 27.

      Temperature: Average temperatures on race day are between 35 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

      Difficulty: Moderate

  • Registration & Booking

    • Reservations and Payments: A completed tour application together with a deposit of $1000 per person must be received before confirming your reservations. Final payment must be received before November 1, 2024. Final payments received after November 1, 2024 will be charged a $50 late payment fee.

      Eligibility: Marathon Tours & Travel, an authorized tour operator, is required to offer travel arrangements in conjunction with guaranteed race entry. All runners must be residents of the USA, Canada, and/or a Seven Continents Club® (SCC) member; and must be 19 years or older on race day to be eligible for our guaranteed entries.

      Cancellations: All payments, including your deposit, are non-refundable and non-transferrable.  Non-transferrable includes applying your balance to another person, another year or another trip. Should you cancel for any reason, you will forfeit your trip investment. Therefore, travel insurance for every trip is highly recommended. All cancellations must be received in writing.

      Not included in price: All items not specifically listed under tour features. Entry fee and airport transfers are in addition to the package pricing. Land Prices may change due to currency fluctuations.

      Insurance: For your protection, trip cancellation, baggage, health and accident insurance is highly recommended for all participants. However, no representation or description of the insurance made by our staff constitutes a binding assurance or promise about the insurance.

      Travel Insurance for U.S. Residents
      Travel Insurance for Canadian Residents

      Security Policy: Marathon Tours & Travel’s security policy requires that anyone staying in our room block must be registered as part of our package. If a registered client attempts to house a non-registered guest and /or invite them to attend any of our scheduled activities, the registered guest’s tour package will be forfeited and parties may be denied access to future tours. Please note that no exceptions will be made as this policy will be strictly enforced.

      Responsibility: These tours are operated by Marathon Tours, Inc. of Chelsea, MA who acts only as an agent for the passenger to the companies offering such services and assumes no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity caused by any reason whatsoever by any party offering such services. All terms and conditions offered are governed by the laws of Massachusetts. The right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure with a refund, less applicable credit card and processing fees, made as full settlement to the passenger. The right is reserved by Marathon Tours, Inc. to deny acceptance of a booking application by any person. Marathon Tours, Inc. may make any changes or alterations in the itinerary as it deems necessary for the proper handling of the tour. The sole responsibility of any airline used is limited to that set out in the passenger contract evidenced by the ticket. The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission or event during the time that the passengers are not on board their aircraft.

  • Testimonials

    • "I so loved the Tokyo trip and marathon..." - 2024

      I so loved the Tokyo trip and marathon.  The Marathon Tours & Travel team thought of every detail before and after the race to make it a pleasant experience for all of us.  It was a wonderful day on the Tokyo city tour and you organized things very well.  The dinners and gatherings were fun to meet and talk with others.  It was so nice to visit with the entire MTT group–you all are professional and kind!

      "I think this trip delivered on countless levels..." - 2024

      I think this trip delivered on countless levels. Please know all of your hard work didn’t go unnoticed; it was appreciated by all of us! The trip and all of its elements were delivered with precision and ease. Everything was laid out and communicated flawlessly. We know there was an army of us yet it all progressed seamlessly. Each day organically built upon one another without it feeling like a checklist. There’s A LOT to see in Tokyo and Kyoto and you managed to capture great elements in both cities. Maybe it’s the Japanese quality of life that made this trip especially fulfilling and memorable–a week-plus later, this trip has stayed with me and likely everyone else. Safe to say we’re all smitten with this amazing city and trip. BIG, BIG, BIG thanks again for another outstanding experience!!

      "I had an amazing Tokyo trip, and I look forward to my next MTT race..." - 2024

      I had an amazing Tokyo trip, and I look forward to my next MTT race. Words don’t adequately express my gratitude for learning about MTT back in 2013.  You’ve helped make some big dreams and goals a reality. As always, everything is done with great attention to detail and quality.  Thanks for all of your hard work!

      "Five-stars..." - 2023

      Everything about this experience was fabulous. Five-stars to Marathon Tours & Travel across the board.

      "I found the experience so amazing..." - 2023

      As the non-runner of our group, I found the experience so amazing and memorable. Thank you so much Nicole and MTT staff for an outstanding job, making my husband’s dream of completing the six majors come true. It was an absolutely wonderful time and it was wonderful to meet up with other runners from previous excursions (London) here at Tokyo.

      "I have used MTT since 2015..." - 2023

      Nicole, as the coordinator for this trip was always fantastic. She responds quickly if you have concerns about the whole ordeal during the pre- trip and post- race. Well organized. I have used MTT since 2015 and they never fail from your expectations.

      "MTT staff are a treasure..." - 2023

      MTT staff are a treasure for those of us that have used them. I think that this is my 5th trip with your company and every one of them has exceeded my expectations!

      "Wow!" - 2023

      Wow! Kyoto was an incredible highlight of the trip. Everything was fabulous! The hotel, food, tours and especially our tour guides.

      "Traveling with MTT is the way to go" - 2023

      Traveling with Marathon Tours & Travel is the way to go for international races. MTT provides a nice balance of scheduled events and free time. And everyone on the tour is either a runner or a family member/friend to a runner–everyone has similar interests and it makes it easy to connect and relate to each other.

      "I cannot say enough about how thankful I am to her and MTT" - 2023

      Nicole was amazing throughout this looooong process from Tokyo 2020 to 2023. I personally ended up throwing some curveballs her way with flights and issues, and she handled them quickly and helpfully. I cannot say enough about how thankful I am to her and Marathon Tours & Travel.

      "Marathon Tours & Travel is the premier tours group..." - 2023

      Marathon Tours & Travel is the premier tours group in helping runners navigate the expo, start, and finish of a marathon along with touring the local sights and sounds of the host location.

      "My favorite thing..." - 2023

      My favorite thing about Marathon Tours is that you put the runners and their health, safety and comfort as your number one priorities!

      This is just a quick note to remind you of the incredible services that each of you offer, and I myself have just been so thankful for all of you over these years. As a wife, mother, professional and runner you have brought such peace of mind to my life. I am so thankful to know that when it comes to the one activity of me that brings me joy, I know I can count on all of you for help when I want to do something adventurous!

      Thank you for all that you do to make people’s dreams come true and support them even when they just have to wait a bit longer. In the end, Marathon Tours and their agents are always going to be ready and willing to make sure that each person gets the best of the best! I just wanted you to know that for some of us, our experiences with marathon tours holds deep meaning in our lives because of all the goodness you have contributed.

      "MT had everything covered..." - 2019

      Was a little nervous traveling somewhere that English is not the primary language. MT had everything covered so it was not an issue. Fellow travelers, staff made this a wonderful experience. Extension to Kyoto gave me a better feel of Japan than being in the big city (Tokyo). Well worth the extra time and money. And who doesn’t like a trip with Jacqui on it??!!

      "I can't thank the MTT staff..." - 2019

      I can’t thank the MTT staff and the Abbott people for the support, encouragement and recognition.

      "MT staff are helpful and made it such an easy trip..." - 2019

      MT staff are helpful and made it such an easy trip. I appreciate the organization and that everything was taken care of. I think what I enjoyed the most was meeting other runners and making new friends that I hope to connect with on future trips and future races. The hotels were great with excellent locations too.

      "The volunteers on the race course were amazing..." - 2019

      The volunteers on the race course were amazing. MTT staff were great too. I appreciated being with a group to take care of me, as I traveled by myself.

      "The extension to Kyoto was fabulous..." - 2019

      The extension to Kyoto was fabulous. The transfer to the train station and to Kyoto was very smoothly executed and I always felt like we were in good hands. Our guide – Harumi – was phenomenal – a true gem. She was so informational and really, really funny – she truly made the trip. I loved the itinerary and the various temples we saw.

      "Kudos to you wonderful people!" - 2019

      I thought that Nicole and Jeff and the the entire Tokyo Marathon group did an excellent job in sending out an email and asking athletes for their questions on the trip and addressing it in the Conference call, and further following it up with an email so that everyone that missed the opportunity to participate that day and time still had the ability to benefit from it. It was very proactive and forward thinking. Kudos to you wonderful people!

      "I received my Six Star..." - 2018

      I received my Six Star, so hard to beat the feeling of accomplishment. The comradery of the group, being so well taken care of/supported by the Marathon Tours staff and the Japanese people themselves… Are all tied for next best.

      "I love meeting fellow runners from the Marathon Tours group..." - 2018

      I love meeting fellow runners from the Marathon Tours group, great camaraderie, great stories, great fun! Insights on the course, start area, recognition of Seven Continents Club and AbbottWMM Six Star finishers, you truly feel like a community when you travel with Marathon Tours!

      "Every Marathon Tours trip is unique in its own way..." - 2018

      Every Marathon Tours trip is unique in its own way. The Park Hyatt was incredible as was having the chance to experience Tokyo in general. The post race gathering at the Park Hyatt was also outstanding. It was a wonderful experience.

      "Loved the tour activities..." - 2018

      Loved the tour activities: shrine & temples, tea ceremony, drumming ceremony, etc.

      Meals were varied, interesting and so good!! Loved the bullet train. Thanks Nicole for getting us all there and on time! A stressful day, but well done. The shuttle to the airport at the conclusion of the tour was awesome, and so appreciated. Nicole told us to trust her… It will all work well, and it really did.

      "Communication with the Marathon Tours and Travel staff was excellent..." - 2018

      Communication with the Marathon Tours and Travel staff was excellent. Nicole was very responsive, and incredibly helpful. Her emails with trip details were thorough and easy to understand. I was nervous about traveling to a country that I didn’t speak the language, but felt much better with all of the detailed information that was provided.

      "One of the things I appreciate most..." - 2018

      One of the things I appreciate most is that Marathon Tours plans everything, all I have to do is show up. I love the people on this tour – staff and other travelers! How do you manage to put together such a nice group of people to travel with? I love how knowledgeable the staff is about the race and the destination.

  • Abbott World Marathon Majors Age Group World Championship

    • This event is an Abbott World Marathon Majors Marathon Tours & Travel Age Group World Championship Qualifying Race. If you achieve the automatic qualifying time for your age group, found here, you’ll be invited to the 2025 Age Group World Championship race (destination still to be announced). For more information on the Age Group World Rankings and Championship click here

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Meet the Reps

Nicole Langone

Senior Trip Designer | Administration Manager

Nicole Langone

Senior Trip Designer | Administration Manager

Nicole joined us in 2011 with eight years of professional experience in international and domestic group travel and flight management. From middle school age, she has had the travel bug and loved being on the road and exploring new places.

With a year abroad and sometimes intentionally getting lost on a quaint cobblestone pathway in Belgium or Germany, it was the true history and beauty that struck a chord within her that keeps her travel passion still alive. Nicole currently manages marathon trips to Berlin, Rome, Reykjavik and Tokyo and also serves as Administration Manager.