Sport Overview

Postponement has been decided for the World Masters Games 2021 Kansai.
The new dates are being arranged.
Please note that the followings are the information before the postponement was confirmed.

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 5 or 6 sections each 3km to 5km long.

 Sunday, 22nd May 2022

 Tanabe Sports Park <Tanabe City, Wakayama>


[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’s 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 18th May 1992)
In line with the sport-specific rules, an athlete must compete in their designated age group, with your age determined as at 18th 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

[16th July 2021] Updated “World Anti-Doping Code” and “the rules of the International Masters Games Association” of Sports Information Guide.
[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 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
Race Walking                                
Rokko Island West side Course

※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 (21 - 22 May) Sports Check-in
Access ・10 minutes by Shuttle bus from Kiitanabe Sta.
・4 minutes by car from the Hanwa Expressway “Nanki-Tanabe” Exit
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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 (Wakachika Square)

Location 5 Misonocho, Wakayama City, Wakayama
Access From JR Wakayama Station, exit out of Central Gate and going down to the basement floor.
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JR Kii-Tanabe Station Benkei Square

Location 961 Minato, Tanabe City, Wakayama
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