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.


Anyone over 30 years of age or older can participate.

Age Requirement

Minimum age is 30 (born on or before 18 May 1992)
In line with the sport-specific rules, an athlete must compete in their designated age group, with your age determined as at 18 May 2022 – the first day of Athletics competition at the Games. For example, if you turn 40 by the first day of competition, you would compete in the 40+ age category.

Sport News

[1st March,2021]We have released the Sports Information Guide with new schedule!

Sports Information Guide


Sport Discipline May 2022 Venues
13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29
Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Athletics Race Walking                                
Rokko Island West side Course
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

※The above schedule was created based on the information that is current as of 1st March, 2021. 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, 21 May 2022, 13:00 - 18:00 Registration on the day before
 Sunday, 22 May 2022, 7:00 - 8:30 Reservation on the day
 Tanabe Sports Park
 Distribution of athlete’s bibs, Transponders (timing 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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