February 2, steering committee of UTMF, ULTRA-TRAIL Mt. Fuji, had press meeting, and announced the very 1st 100 miler trail race in Japan will start coming May. Yes, this is long rumored 100 mile trail race around Fuji, that Kaburaki-san, leading Japanese trail runner and 3rd place winner of UTMB 2009, had been working hard.
As one of the "students" (that's what he said to Seb Chaigneau in Chamonix last summer!) of Kaburaki-san's trail sessions, I would like to update info on this awaited UTMF as frequently as possible in English. I would like to promote this race to all trail running communities in the world, and hope to see more runners from foreign countries in May.
I have opened my new twitter account, @Dogs_or_Caravan, to update informations on trail running in Japan, as well as @Koichi2000, my personal update in Japanese. Please give me public reply if you have any interest or questions on UTMF, as well as other trail race or event in Japan.
First of all, here is released info on UTMF today.
Registration will start at 10 am of Feb. 5th, Saturday at RUNNET. Runners for UTMF will be required to show finish result of one 100K race, or two 50K races. Entry fees are ¥24,000 for UTMF and ¥18,000 for STY.
Its official web site is below; ULTRA-TRAIL Mt.FUJI
Please watch its official trailer; ULTRA-TRAIL Mt.FUJI
Date: May, 20, Friday to May, 22 Sunday, 2011
Venue: Yamanashi Prefecture / Fuji-Kawaguchiko, Fuji-Yoshida, Oshino, Yamanakako
Shizuoka Prefecture / Oyama, Gotemba, Susono, Fuji, Fujinomiya
Races: UTMF / Start & Finish at Kawaguchiko-Oike Park, Yamanashi
Start at 3PM of May 20th, 160km, 8000m accumulated accent, to be finished in 48 hours
STY / Start at Mt. Fuji Kodomonokuni & Finish at Kawaguchiko-Oike Park, Yamanashi
Start at 10AM of May 21st, 90km, 4000m accumulated accent, to be finished in 26 hours
Sponsored by The North Face and its dealer, Goldwin, GoreTex Japan
Akio Nishida, President of Goldwin (right) and Tsuyoshi Kaburaki, trailrunner and chairman of UTMF (left)