ACE is an official charity of the Tokyo Marathon 2025 Charity

Be a charity runner for ACE at Tokyo Marathon 2025

If you are interested in running the Tokyo Marathon 2025 through the charity runner program, please consider choosing ACE as the charity that your run will support!

The Tokyo Marathon 2025 will be held on March 2nd (Sun), 2025, and charity runner applications will open on June 25th, 2024 (see more information below).

Application Schedule and Selection Criteria

Entry period: 

June 25 (Tue), 11:00 a.m. – July 10 (Wed), 5:00 p.m. (JST)

ACE's Charity Runner Selection Criteria

1) Donations per person is 150,000 yen or more

2) Selected by higher donation amount.
    If the donation amount is the same, then 3) will be used

3) Priority will be given to those who apply earlier

- Once you submit your application, you won't be able to change  
  the donation amount or the recipient organization.
- The number of applicants we accept is 240 people.
- The donation payment method is credit card only.

How to Apply

Apply through the Tokyo Marathon 2025 Official Website.

Participation Procedures & Schedule

Voices from ACE Charity Runners

Here are some voices from ACE charity runners who run Tokyo Marathon in the past.

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.
I very much enjoyed running for your wonderful charity and wish you the best for your important work in the future.
Great experience having the opportunity of meeting you both at the Expo and on the race day, on the road and at the lounge.
Your kindness and efforts to make everyone to feel great are unplayable.
Not to mention the incredible job the organization makes to fight against children exploitation.
Thanks a lot and keep on doing this way.
The ACE team did an amazing job with the organization, taking care of the logistics and keeping all the runners informed! Tokyo Marathon was a dream for me and thanks ACE for making it happen. I run 20 marathons around the world in the last 2 years and It was my first time running for a charity, it was the best thing I’ve ever done. It motivates you more when you’re running for such a great cause! Thanks ACE for everting and keep doing the amazing work helping those kids around the globe.

ACE Charity Ambassadors

Here are our charity ambassadors who promote
Tokyo Marathon 2025 Charity with ACE!

Shogo Matsugaki

President/Coach of MATSURUN 
Coach/Running Guide for visually impaired athletes 

Shogo was an extremely accomplished collegiate athlete, running three times in the famous Hakone relay race (Ekiden) against some of Japan's most elite endurance athletes.  After graduation, he competed in the prestigious All-Japan Company Championships as well as in the annual New Year's relay race (Ekiden), which is watched by millions of Japanese people each year.

After many years of competition, Shogo established his own running school, MATSU RUN, to share his vast experience in human performance. His coaching style focuses on tailoring effective training methods to each individual runner's level and biomechanics and emphasizes improving running form for both improved competitiveness and fitness. Shogo has been an ACE Charity Ambassador since 2019.

Piyush Gudka

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

In addition to being an accomplished business professional, Piyush is a world-class endurance athlete and coach. He has twice completed the world's six major marathons and in total has participated in more than 100 marathons and ultra-marathons.

He has been inspiring, motivating, and training people for distance running all over the world. He has officially trained over 225 people and inspired innumerable more. Piyush has been an ACE Charity Ambassador since 2020.


Usage of Donation

Your donations bring education to children

Donations from “Tokyo Marathon 2025” 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 160 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

in Ghana
in India
in Japan

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)
(Please replace % to @, when you send an email)

ACE is an official charity of the Tokyo Marathon Foundation Charity “RUN with HEART”.