Thursday, March 23, 2017

Upcoming Deadlines

How is your running life going?  Mine has not been so well these last couple of years.  Let me give you some advice, stretch and strength train!  Do it!  Don't be lazy.  You won't save time by just running if you get hurt and then can't run at all.

First I'd like to introduce the Hokkaido Runners group on Facebook.  People are starting to introduce running events in Hokkaido in this group.  Join if you can.  It might provide you with timely information not on this blog.  By the way, the group is not affiliated with this blog in any way.
Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/422424961260353/
Or search for "Hokkaido Runners" on Facebook.

June 11, 2017

Oka no Machi Biei Healthy Marathon 2017

http://www.biei-healthymarathon.jp/
For the 30th anniversary of this event they have added a 30 km option however, the 30 km event is already filled up. Entry for the half is open until April 10.

A few notes.  This is a one-way course.  They bus you up to the Shirogane ski slope and you run downhill from there.  They give you a big plastic bag to put your jacket etc in before the start.  You have to give that bag to the staff who are loading them into a truck to take down to the finish.  If you give them your bag, you can't get it back.  Just remember that.  It is a good event and one that I have always enjoyed.  The plastic bags are branded and reusable and you usually get a towel as a participation prize.


August 27, 2017

Hokkaido Marathon 2017

http://hokkaido-marathon.com/2017/

Application for this popular full-marathon opens on April 2 at 6 pm and closes a few hours later when all the slots fill up.  There is a full marathon and a 11.5 km event. There is also some related family running events the day before.  
This is one of the hottest races in Hokkaido.  I mean, it is always really hot on the day of the event.  It is also the most famous and well-known marathon in Hokkaido.  There is a generous 5-hour time limit to finish the race but don't attempt it unless you are well prepared for running 42.195 km in the heat.  It is definitely worth the experience.


That is all that is on my radar now.  I won't be running in any events until, if I'm lucky, November. I need to do my stretching and strength training and try to get my bod fixed, healthy and strong.  Good luck to you!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tokachi Trail Running (canceled)

Hokkaido - Tokachi Trail Running
北海道・十勝トレイルランニング

I know, it is a strange title for an event.

When: Oct 9, 2016
Where: Honbetsu Park 本別公園
Apply by:  September 2, 2016 (Mail in by August 31?)
Type: Trail
Distances: 15.7km, 13km, 3.7km
Selling points: Fall colors.  Good  JumboYoshitsune Nabe soup.
Requirements: Bring your own drinks, must have a hat and gloves.
Race start time: 10:00am
Cost: 2000 yen for the 3.7k, 4000 yen for the others.

Last year 183 people ran.

The website has not been updated since last year but here it is:
http://tokachi.co.jp/trarun/

Facebook page is being updated:
https://www.facebook.com/%E5%8C%97%E6%B5%B7%E9%81%93%E5%8D%81%E5%8B%9D%E3%83%88%E3%83%AC%E3%82%A4%E3%83%AB%E3%83%A9%E3%83%B3%E3%83%8B%E3%83%B3%E3%82%B0-234327319929867/

Last year's course map:
http://tokachi.co.jp/trarun/pdf/course2015.pdf



Entry via Runnet:
http://runnet.jp/entry/runtes/user/pc/competitionDetailAction.do?raceId=124298&div=1


Here is an update from the event organizers.


This is an announcement from the organizer that the event is canceled.
"We were preparing for the event to be held on October 9 but the Yoshitsune Park and the forest course in Honbetsu, Hokkaido have sustained heavy damage from large mudslides caused by the landing in Hokkaido of Typhoons number 7, 11 and 9.
As a result of consultation the town of Honbetsu, the co-organizers, because there is not yet a date for when the course can be restored, we have decided to cancel the event.
To those who have already applied for the event or who were planning to apply for the event, we are sorry and thank you for your understanding.
If you had already applied for the event through RUNNET we will be contacting you."

Sunday, August 21, 2016

2016 Nosappu Cape Half Marathon

第35回北方領土ノサップ岬マラソン  ハーフ 10km ほか

Where: Nemuro City
When: August 21, 2016
Apply by: July 8, 2016
Last year 706 people participated.

From Runnet:
【開催日】 2016年8月21日(日)
【エントリー】 受付中
【前回参加者数】706名 ※先着順
runners at the start of the race

太平洋と北方領土の島影を眺めながら海沿いのワンウェイコースを走る、日本最東端のマラソン大会。全種目スタート時間は10:50(前日受付あり)、参加者は根室市役所から会場までバス移動。参加賞は特産・サンマの缶詰、昆布製品(※ハーフ・10km参加者)。5kmごとにしっかりある給水と、フィニッシュ地点での温かい花咲ガニの鉄砲汁が選手をサポート!

Running: half, 10k

Run from the Northern most point of Hokkaido into Memuro.

This is a race to raise awareness of the Northern Territories dispute.

Past participation prizes include T-shirts, towels and baseball caps.

Various prizes given for other things and a lucky drawing during the closing ceremony. Drinks and soup and some food after the race (rice balls, candy etc). See the ocean as you run.

I don't have time to do this justice, but I really enjoy this race. The views of the ocean are great and the soup at the end is delicious. We always go a day early and enjoy a crab dinner the night before the race.

The event website:

http://www.hoppouryoudo-nosappumisaki-marathon.jp/

Direct link to the event on Runnet:

http://runnet.jp/entry/runtes/user/pc/competitionDetailAction.do?raceId=123363&div=1








Sunday, July 31, 2016

Northern Ohotsuku 100km Ultra marathon

北オホーツク100kmマラソン
North Ohotsuku 100 km Ultra Marathon (The North 100)


  • Where: Hamatonbetsu 浜頓別町
  • When: July 31, 2016
  • Distance: 100 km / 50 km
  • Apply by: June 30
  • Fee: 100 km / 17,000 yen  - 50 km / 12,000 yen.

100 km Starts at 5 am from in front of the Tamokuteki Arena
50 km Starts at 10 am  from in front of the Tamokuteki Arena
50k Route Map: http://latlonglab.yahoo.co.jp/route/watch?id=7bbe853afdff69cf781a3c0a7d13c1e5
100k Route Map: http://yj.pn/9XcKwA

Must be at least 18 years-old on day of the race.
Must be able to finish the 100 km in 14 hours
Must be able to finish the 50k in 9 hours.

Here is the table of times and distance athletes must pass in order to complete the race.
100 km Starts at 5:00 am.  Start and finish from in front of the Tamokuteki Arena
50 km Starts at 10:00 am.   Start and finish from in front of the Tamokuteki Arena

100 Km30km50km60km70km80km90kmGoal
9:3012:0013:3014:3515:5017:3019:00
50 Km10km20km30km40kmGoal
13:3014:3515:5017:3019:00

I really enjoyed the Saroma 100 km Ultra and I would love to do another one.

Event site: http://www.north100.jp/
Runnet: https://entry.dosports.yahoo-net.jp/tournaments/2123

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Yunotai Hotsprings

Yunotai Hotsprings Run
湯ノ岱温泉マラソン大会
Running
10k, 5k, 3k, 2k

10:00 Start
3,000 yen for adults
1,000 yen for children
Application period: May 18 to June 17

Where: In the land of gods.  Kaminokuni!  Near Hakodate and Okushiri.  A long way away from where I'm at here in Tokachi.

Event URLs:
http://yunotaionsenmarason.wix.com/yunotai
https://www.facebook.com/yunotai/


It looks like they have used Sportsentry in the past.
See: http://www.sportsentry.ne.jp/event/t/22297

You can download the event PDF from their website.

Since this event is past already, I'll have to  keep an eye out for the information for next year's event.


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Overseas Entry for Abashiri - Ohotsuku Marathon

It looks like JTB has started a service to allow people to apply for races from overseas.  I did a search on their site and only found the Abashiri marathon for races in Hokkaido.  Hopefully more races will hook up with this service in the near future.

You can find the page for the Abashiri - Ohotsuku marathon (Sept 25) here:
https://jtbsports.jp/en/events/events-detail.php?id=4810


2016-09-26 Update:  Please check the comments on this post for more information about the event.
Supernova has provided us with a link to the English guide for the race.
https://jtbsports.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/e88bb1e8aa9e1.pdf

If for some reason that file gets taken down, here is a backup:
https://app.box.com/s/1fkpyq6mhtf7x7btw2d7s0ye8ahk1h59




Tuesday, March 22, 2016

2016 Season has started!

Last weekend, the first race of the season, the Shiranuka Road Race, was held and my social network feeds were flooded with pictures and race reports.

Note: Most races can be applied for through Runnet.  You can also contact the race organizers and get apply-by-mail application forms.  You usually need to have an address in Japan to apply.  Most races cannot be entered on race day.  (Although some, run by running clubs, can.)

For more information on entering races in Japan, head on over to the Japan Running News blog at http://japanrunningnews.blogspot.jp .
Their specific page on entering races in Japan is here: Race Entries.

Now for a short list of races that you may be able to apply for in Hokkaido.

Nikkan Sports Toyohira-gawa Half Marathon (Sapporo)

May 5 (Children's Day)
Dist: Half, 10k, 5k, 3k
Application: Feb 1, through March 31
http://www.toyomara.com/

Hokkaido Marathon - 30th Anniversary (Sapporo)

August 28
Application starts April 3 at 18:00pm and closes shortly thereafter (usually, within two hours!)
If you want to try and get into this race, and it is worth it, visit it's Runnet site at
https://entry.runnet.jp/entry/runtes/user/pc/competitionDetailAction.do?raceId=123074&div=1
Or their homepage for more information.  Also, if you are registering online you need to create an account with Runnet. You will need a credit card and an address in Japan. The marathon also has a multi-language website with information.
http://hokkaido-marathon.com/2016/overview-en/


Ohotsuku - Abashiri Marathon

September 25
This is a new marathon started in 2015 and is one I am eager to try.
Application starts April 1 and runs through June 30.
http://www.abashiri-marathon.jp

Northern Horse Park Half marathon and Ekiden (Chitose / Sapporo area)

May 14 and 15
Dist: Half, 7km Trail + Half, 2.5km 
Application until March 31

Karikachi Trail Running (Shintoku / Tokachi area)

May 22
Apply by April 25
20km, 12km, 4km Trail Run


There are many more events coming up, especially in June.  Check the archives to get an idea of where and when races are!
Limited information is included in the calendar entries. For more information, leave a comment. I try to post the deadlines for the races. The place where the race is held is also included. You can see where it is by clicking on the map link.