ACE is a recipient program of the Tokyo Marathon 2020 Charity

Be a charity runner for ACE at Tokyo Marathon 2020

If you are interested in running the Tokyo Marathon 2020 through the charity runner program, please consider choosing ACE as the charity that your run will support. 

The Tokyo Marathon 2020 will be held on March 1st (Sun), 2020, and charity runner applications will open at the beginning of July (see more information below).

Voices from ACE Charity Runners 2019

Here are some voices from ACE charity runners who run Tokyo Marathon 2019.

Great experience! It feels great to give back!!
I would definitely recommend running through a charity. From picking up my pink bib to using the changing area at the end and encountering the many wonderful, helpful and appreciative people in between really enhanced my race day experience.
I felt impress when first met ACE at Expo. Yes I will tell my friend.
Overall happy with the experience. I had an injury and hard run but managed to complete. I would love to run injury free so I can enjoy more and I would use charity option again next time.
Great experience! It feels great to give back!!

Special Programs for ACE charity runners

Here is the list of programs available to ACE charity runners 

[1] Practice session for charity runners

We are holding running practice session 3 to 4 times before the race in Tokyo with a professional running trainer as a running coach. It will be a great opportunity to get the support you may need from a professional running trainer and to meet other charity runners face to face before Tokyo Marathon 2020! 

[2] Cheering on the day of Tokyo Marathon 2020
On the day of the Tokyo Marathon 2020, ACE staff and supporters will be cheering you! If your family or friends are there, we will invite them to join us to cheer together.

[3] ACE’s Special Lounge on the day of the race

After finishing the marathon, ACE charity runners can use ACE Special Lounge (changing & restroom). Some snacks and beverages will be prepared. Please come by and use the special lounge to change and relax after the race, and share your experience with your fellow runners! This space can be used to meet up with your family and friends after the race.

[3] ACE’s Special Lounge on the day of the race

After finishing the marathon, ACE charity runners can use ACE Special Lounge (changing & restroom). Some snacks and beverages will be prepared. Please come by and use the special lounge to change and relax after the race, and share your experience with your fellow runners! This space can be used to meet up with your family and friends after the race.

Application Schedule

[1] Non-Crowdfunding Charity (3,700 people on a first-come, first served basis)

Application for Non-Crowdfunding Charity is now closed


The donation will be collected by one-time full payment of 100,000 JPY or more and the entry is based on first-come, first served basis. The entry will close once it reaches capacity.
Entry period: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 10:00 am JST – Monday, July 8, 2019 5:00 pm JST

[2] Crowdfunding Charity (300 people) 

Application for Crowdfunding Charity is now closed

If it is difficult to donate ¥ 100,000 on your own, you can use the crowdfunding system through the Tokyo Marathon Charity official website to raise donations. The Charity Runner will be nominated from the highest donations collected by deadline, counting down to the 300th highest donation.
Fundraising period: Monday, July 22, 2019 10:00 am JST – Friday, September 13, 2019 5:00 pm JST
*The collected donation will be refunded to those who were not selected as the Charity Runner (301th rank and below).

[3] Active Charity (1,000 persons *Including Corporate donors)

Application for Active Charity is now closed

If you donate more than ¥ 200,000 directly to ACE, you can enter the Tokyo marathon as a charity runner (both individuals and corporations can participate). There are a limited number of active charity spots. If you would like to apply, please see the page below for more information or contact directly to ACE.

For more information, please contact:

ACE (Contact person: Hidemi Nakano)
Email: ace_charity%acejapan.org
(Please replace % to @, when you send an email)

ACE Charity Ambassadors

Here are our charity ambassadors who promote Tokyo Marathon 2020 Charity with ACE!

Shogo Matsugaki

President/Coach of MATSURUN 
Coach/Running Companion of Japan para-athletes representatives

After working as a runner at work team in NTT West Japan, I have been working as a running trainer and supporting Japanese representative of blind runners as a guide runner.  I will be supporting as a charity ambassador of ACE through Tokyo Marathon 2020 Charity. I would like to convey the joy of running and look for the future of children in the world.

Piyush Gudka

ACA (Chartered Certified Accountant )
6 Star Finisher
100+ Marathon Runner

My marathon dream started with London Marathon. Crossing the finish line the first thought was “been there, done it, never again”. Despite this, I was on a high like never in my life. I started inspiring, motivating and training people for distance running and history has it I have trained over 225 people and completed 100+ marathons and ultras.

One of the best parts of marathon running I like is the fundraising by runners for very worthy causes and they don’t come any worthier than ACE to abolish child exploitation. ACE strives for a world without child labour and provides direct support to children and families who are engaged in child labour in India and Ghana.

Hideyuki Tanaka

Floral Designer/
Director of AFRIKA ROSE


Like last year, I will once again take on the challenge that is the Tokyo Marathon. I hope that this encourages others to declare their own challenges. I also hope that through the Tokyo Marathon 2020 Charity, there will be even just one more person who is aware of the work that ACE does, and contribute to the actions that will bring about a smile on the faces of children in the future.


Hideyuki Tanaka

Floral Designer/
Director of AFRIKA ROSE


Like last year, I will once again take on the challenge that is the Tokyo Marathon. I hope that this encourages others to declare their own challenges. I also hope that through the Tokyo Marathon 2020 Charity, there will be even just one more person who is aware of the work that ACE does, and contribute to the actions that will bring about a smile on the faces of children in the future.


Usage of donation

Your donations bring education to children

Donations from “Tokyo Marathon 2020” will be used to aid villages in India and Ghana in becoming child labour-free, including school preparation and support, vocational training, support for improving household income, community awareness raising, etc.) in the project countries as well as for a support, advocacy and research initiatives in Japan.

 About ACE

ACE (Action against Child Exploitation) is a certified Japanese NPO founded in 1997, and has been working on solving social issues which relate to the human right of children and youth around the world.

The main focus of ACE’s efforts are on the abolition and prevention of Child labour worldwide.  There are currently estimated to be 152 million children around the world who cannot receive an education and are in danger of serious injury and disease due to hazardous labor.

ACE strives for a world without child labor and provides direct support to children and families who are engaged in child labor in India and Ghana.

For more information, please visit our website at http://acejapan.org/english/

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ACE Charity Runner Community on Facebook

We created a facebook group for ACE charity runners. This group is made for building a community among ACE charity runners, providing information about our events and news, and for sharing some tips about running a marathon.  If you have a Facebook account, please join us!


Contact Info

For more information, please contact:
ACE (Action against Child Exploitation)
Email: ace_charity%acejapan.org
(Please replace % to @, when you send an email)
TEL: 81-3-3835-7555

ACE is a recipient program of the Tokyo Marathon 2020 Charity.