Tokyo Marathon wins top honour at Mass Participation World Asian Awards

Runners at the start of the Tokyo Marathon in March 2019. (PHOTO: Kyodo via Reuters)

SINGAPORE — The Mass Participation World conference was held at the Hilton Hotel Singapore from Monday (2 December) to Wednesday, as over 300 delegates participated in discussions and presentations highlighting the trends and key observations of the mass participation industry.

The highlight of the conference was the inaugural Mass Participation World Asian Awards on Tuesday night, with the top award – Mass Participation Event of the Year – being presented to the Tokyo Marathon.

The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon came in second, while the Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championships in Vietnam completed the podium spots for the award, which was recognised by the Sports Industry Asia Awards 2019 in Manila.

During the conference, a resounding theme from various speakers – as well as the inaugural Asian Participant Survey – is the association of physical activities with health and mental well-being and the positive impact it can have on society.

“These insights will help facilitate collaboration and help the industry continue to evolve and to provide the best race experiences for the community,” said Chris Robb, co-founder and chief executive officer of Mass Participation World.

List of Mass Participation World Asian Award winners:

Mass Participation Event of the Year: Tokyo Marathon, Japan

Best Asian Running Event: Tokyo Marathon, Japan

Best Asian Trail Run: Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji, Japan

Best Asian Triathlon: Noosa Triathlon, Australia

Best Asian Cycling Event: L’Etape Thailand by Tour de France, Thailand

Best OCR Event: Spartan APAC Championship, China

Best Asian Engagement: Tecno Race to Manchester City powered by Stepathlon, India

Best Asian Innovation: Tata Mumbai Marathon, India, Inspiration Medal

Best Asian Partnership: Tecno Race to Manchester, India – Manchester City and TECNO Mobile