The Iheya Moonlight Marathon is a small-scale marathon held on a small island to the north of the Okinawan mainland. As far as I know, this is the only evening race in Okinawa. Don't let the name of this race mislead you: the race starts at 3 p.m., so you won't see the moon until late in the race, or until after you're finished. Overall, this is a well-organized and enjoyable event. The course is relatively flat; the scenery is absolutely stunning; and there are plenty of water stops. My only complaint is that there aren't enough distance markers, which makes pacing yourself difficult. Unlike most small races, the post-race party is quite entertaining. They always hire a professional band, and the crowd usually gets into the party, too. If you do this race, don't miss the post-race party! Click on any of the photos below to start the slideshow.