Japan’s Largest Trail Race around Mt. Fuji

The ULTRA-TRAIL Mt. FUJI Race Committee is proud to announce the “ULTRA-TRAIL Mt. FUJI” (UTMF) and the “Shizuoka to Yamanashi” (STY) races, taking place around the base of Japan’s most famous volcano, Mt. Fuji. These races were originally scheduled to take place last year May but a decision was made to postpone the race due to the earthquake and tsunami disasters in Japan.

The UTMF will be Japan’s longest and largest trail race taking racers around the circumference of Mt. Fuji while the STY will be half the distance. Both races have been re-scheduled and will take place between Friday, May 18, 2012 and Sunday, May 20, 2012 and will be welcoming participants from Japan as well as international racers from abroad. Goldwin Inc. (The North Face) is a Special Sponsor of these races.

RACE INFORMATION

Race Name: ULTRA-TRAIL Mt. FUJI

Race Dates: Friday, May 18, 2012 – Sunday, May 20, 2012 (3 days)

Categories: (1) UTMF
Distance: 160 km / Cumulative altitude gain: Approx. 8,000 meters
Time Limit: 48 hours (Start time: May 18, 15:00)

(2) STY
Distance: 90km / Cumulative altitude gain: Approx. 4,000 meters
Time Limit: 26 hours (Start time: May 19, 10:00)

Location: Mt. Fuji and surrounding regions
UTMF: Start & Finish: Ohike Kouen, Kawaguchiko (located in Fujikawaguchiko Town, Yamanashi Prefecture)
STY: Start: Fujisan Kodomo no Kuni (located in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture)
Finish: Ohike Kouen, Kawaguchiko

Race Organizer: ULTRA-TRAIL Mt. FUJI Race Committee
(Fuji Trail Runners Club, Fujikawaguchiko Town, Fujiyoshida City, Oshino Village, Yamanakako Village, Oyama City, Gotemba City, Susono City, Fuji City, Fujinomiya City)

Support: Yamanashi Prefecture
Shizuoka Prefecture
Yamanashi Nichi Nichi Shimbun (Newspaper)
Yamanashi Housou (Yamanashi Broadcasting System)
Shizuoka Shimbun (Newspaper)
Shizuoka Housou (Shizuoka Broadcasting System)

Special Sponsors:
Goldwin, Inc. (The North Face)
Japan Gore-Tex Inc. (JGI)

Honorary Race Director:
Yuichiro Miura (Professional Skier/Explorer)

Honorary Race Committee Members:
Yoshiyasu Watanabe (Mayor, Fujikawaguchiko Town)
Shigeru Horiuchi (Mayor, Fujiyoshida City)
Yasunori Amano (Mayor, Oshino Village)
Tadahisa Takamura (Mayor, Yamanakako Village)
Masahide Komiyama (Mayor, Oyama City)
Youhei Wakabayashi (Mayor, Gotemba City)
Shunji Ohashi (Mayor, Susono City)
Hisashi Suzuki (Mayor, Fuji City)
Hidetada Sudou (Mayor, Fujinomiya City)
Yu Kobayashi (Mayor, Narusawa Village)

Overall Race Director:
Tsuyoshi Kaburaki (Trail Runner / Fuji Trail Runners Club, President)

Race Committee Directors:
Shin Murakoshi (Professor, University of Shizuoka, Department of Education / Fuji Trail Runners Club, Director / Shizuoka City )
Ricka Fukuda (Medical Doctor, Musician / Fuji Trail Runners Club, Director / Fujikawaguchiko City)
Reiko Miyoshi (Essayist, International Rally Racer / Fuji Trail Runners Club, Director / Fujinomiya City)

Race Mission:
Participants must run/walk, by foot, a long distance course around the base of Mt. Fuji consisting of hiking trails, walking paths and fire roads. The objective of this race is to convey the importance of self-challenge, the excitement of trail running, as well as the beauty of the nature surrounding the Mt. Fuji region.

Race Philosophy:
– To explore oneself.
The goal of this race isn’t to be the fastest runner or to compete against other people. This long distance race around Mt. Fuji is a 160 km journey – a journey in which participants physically and mentally challenge themselves to push their limits and cover, by foot, an extraordinary distance.

– To promote respect for the environment.
Japan’s culture has always been very deeply interconnected with the natural environment. However, in recent times, more and more Japanese have started to lose this important connection to nature. This race will rigorously endeavor to minimize any damage to the environment while promoting a respect and love for the environment through the outdoor sport of trail running.

– To share the trails with everybody.
These trails have been created over many years by the people who live, work and enjoy the mountains. It is important for those that use these trails for recreation to understand and respect the fact that these trails are still actively used by these people. This race aims to provide a mutual understanding between these different users and help communicate and promote the sharing of these trails.

Race Features:
– Japan’s first 100 mile (160km) trail running race (currently the longest distance trail race in Japan)
– First sister race to one of the world’s top trail races, the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc
– Invitations to top athletes from Europe and the US
– Race organized and made possible through the cooperation of two prefectures and nine cities
– Aid stations located in various villages, towns and cities along the race course
– The race promotes trail running as a way to enjoy the beautiful nature of the areas surrounding Mt. Fuji
– Great care will be taken to minimize any environmental impact while developing the race course
– Environmental research and environmental cleanup activities undertaken both before and after the races
– A portion of the race proceeds will be donated to environmental conservation organizations in the Mt. Fuji area

Racer Qualifications:
Participants:
–  Must be 18 years or older as of race day
– Must have confidence to run by yourself (no pacers) and reach the finish line within the 48 hour time limit
– Should have successfully completed at least 2 races over 50km or completed at least 1 race over 100km (either road or trail).
– Racers previously registered for the 2011 races will be given registration priority for 2012. New registrations may take place after the priority registration period.

Maximum Number of Runners:
2,000 participants (UTMF 800 / STY 1,200)

Entry Fees:
UTMF 24,000 yen / STY 18,000 yen

How to Enter:
Priority registration for 2011 registrants will take place during October. Racers will be contacted by email and must re-register by October 31. Additional registrations may take place if the priority registrations are not filled.

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