Monday, August 28, 2017

Tsubetsu Koyo Half Marathon

Enjoy the fall colors of Tsubetsu-cho!

Half marathon
Date: October 1, 2017
Apply by: September 1, 2017

Enjoy the wonderful fall colors of Tsubetsu.  Koyo means "fall colors" in Japanese and is written as 紅葉, or "red leaves".  Buses will take participants to the start and then it is a downhill run from there. This could be the place to get a PB! Buses leave from the Tsubetsu Elementary School play ground.  

Reception from 8:00 to 8:30 am.
Opening ceremony held at the Tsubetsu elementary school play ground at 8:40 am
After the opening ceremony, buses take runners to the start points of each distance.

Lunch is provided (curry) and you can enjoy having the hot meal with the other runners.
Fee:
1,500 for adults
1,000 for high school and junior high school
700 for elementary school aged participants

You need to fill out the application and take the application fee to the 
Tsubetsu-cho Chuo Kominkan to apply for the race.  

You can bring it to them directly, or you can send it by Genkin Kakitome (現金書留) or Kawase (為替). You should be able to get these at a post office or a bank.
I added text boxes of English to the application form and am attaching the link to this post.
If you do this today, it should arrive on time by Friday, September 1.

Here is the address to send it to.
You can print it out and bring it with you when you mail your application.  

〒092-0224
北海道網走郡津別町字豊永5番地1 津別町中央公民館内
つべつ紅葉マラソン大会実行委員会事務局
TEL:0152-76-2713 FAX:0152-76-2477

Zip 092-0224
Hokkaido, Abashiri-gun, Tsubetsu-cho, Aza Toyonaga 5-banchi 1
Tsubetsu-cho Chuo Kominkan nai
Tsubetsu Koyo Marathon Taikai Jikoiinkai Jimukyoku

You can figure out your birth year in Japanese dates online.  Here is a good link I found.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bunches of events in September and October!

Month/Day  Event Name  Deadline

9/10 Furano Trail Run and Picnic Deadline 8/18
Site link
10k, 30k

9/10 NAC Trail Run Deadline 8/28
http://www.nacadventures.jp/en/events/nac-trail-run-in-niseko
30k, 10k 5k

9/10 Sweet Girl Run Deadline 8/18
For girls only! Looks like a lot of fun!
http://sweetgirlrun.com/
3k, 5.5k, 10k

9/17 Ohotsuku Half Marathon - Deadline 8/21
https://www.shibetsutown.jp/education/sogotaiikukan/marathon/
3k, 5k, 10k, half

9/17 Mt. Shari Road Race Deadline 8/15
http://www.town.kiyosato.hokkaido.jp/soshiki_shigoto/kyouikuiinkai/sports/2014sharidakeroadrace.html
Lots of ups and downs.
1k, 2k, 3k, 5k, half

9/23 Pipaoi Road Race Deadline 8/10
http://runnet.jp/entry/runtes/user/pc/competitionDetailAction.do?raceId=154974&div=1
2k, 3k, 5k, 10k, half

9/23  Hokkaido Outdoor Festival in Rusutsu Deadline 8/25
Various trail runs, rogaining, and orienteering events.
50 mile, 60k, 30k, 15k, 5k
http://www.o-hokkaido.com/hokkaidooutdoorfestival/2017/index.html

9/24 Ohotsuku - Abashiri Full Marathon Deadline 8/31
http://www.abashiri-marathon.jp/
Course runs along the seaside.
3k, 5k, full marathon

9/24 Mt. Kozan Green Race Deadline 9/6
http://npo-momonga.org/2017kgr/kgr.html
1k, 3k, 5k, 10k, 20k (two loops of the 10k course)


10/1 Tsubetsu Koyo Half marathon Deadline 9/1
http://www.town.tsubetsu.hokkaido.jp/01news/10oshirase/2017-0726-1913-3.html3k, 5k, 10k, half

10/8 Kitami Half Marathon  Deadline 9/8
http://www.kitami-halfmarathon.jp/2.5k, 5k, 10k, half

10/29  Mokotoyama Fukioroshi Downhill Half Marathon Deadline 9/29
https://sites.google.com/site/fukioroshi/
5k, 10k, half

10/29 Food Valley Tokachi Half Marathon Deadline 9/19
http://www.foodvalley-marathon.com/
2.5k, 5k, half

This event has filled up but it looks like fun.

10/1 Higashikagura BBQ 15k Run
3k, 8k, 15k

Friday, August 4, 2017

Bekkai Pilot Marathon

Bekkai Pilot Marathon
別海パイロットマラソン

October 1st
Deadline this year is August 7th on Runnet.jp
(The first Sunday of October every year)
Bekkai-cho
北海道別海町

Full, 5k

Run down the Pilot Road lined with rolling hills and contented cows. Famous for dairy products, you get milk, ice cream and other complementary dairy products at the party the night before. You can also watch the two mascot cows take off at the start of the marathon.

There are only two distances, the full 42.195k and a 5k. At the end of the full, finishers get an extra large beach towel and a whole salmon as their reward. The towel and the salmon are almost worth the 5000 yen entry fee! Not much to do in Bekkai but enjoy the views and the food. It's a beautiful place to run.

You can get all of the details, in detail from this page.
http://betsukai-marathon.jp/


Full Starts 10:00
5k Starts 10:45
Time limit for the full is 5 hours 20 minutes.

Reception:
Oct. 1st
8:00-9:00
(2pm to 6pm on the night before.)
Bekkai Choei Rikujyo Kyogijo (The Town Track)

Last call for the full: 9:30-9:45

Time limits:
10k: 11:10(70 min)
20k: 12:20 (70 min)
30k: 13:30 (70 min)
40k: 14:50 (80 min)
Goal: 15:20
Total: 5 hours 20 minutes

Fee:
Full 5000
5k 2,000

Access: There is bus service from Kushiro to the Race site. Apply by 9/15 to use the bus.
See: Bus Info (Japanese)

Participation prize: Dairy products from Bekkai, certificate of completion, 5k split times for those who completed at least 20km.

Finisher's Prize: Original Extra Large Bath Towel, 1 Bekkai Salmon.
Sorry, 5k finishers don't get a salmon.  If you want the fish, you gotta finish the full!

There are also several nice prizes for the top placers in each category (mens, womens, age).
Add it to your calendar?
Click here to add it to your Google Calendar 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Shikaoi Trail Run

Shikaoi Trail Run

しかおいトレイルラン

Registration is open!

Date: October 15
Apply by: September 30
30k Adventure, 
13k Challenge, 
5k Enjoy and a 2k Picnic course. 

The staff will keep the bears at bay. Just come with bells on and enjoy the run.

8:30 am Adventure course start and opening ceremony
9:30 Challenge
10:00 Enjoy
10:00 Picnic
13:30 Closing Ceremony

Fee
Adventure 3,500, 
Challenge 2,500, 
Enjoy: 1,500 for  adults,  1,000 for Junior High, 800 for Elementary 
Picnic: 500 

Send in your application by fax, email, snail mail, or hand delivery.
Send in your application fee to their bank account below.

Name: 
しかおいトレイルラン事務局
Bank: 
帯広信用金庫
Branch: 
鹿追支店
Branch number: 
店番006
Account type and number: 
普通口座 番号1047907



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Nemuro Seaside Half Marathon

Nemuro Seaside Half Marathon
第1回最東端ねむろシーサイドマラソン ~北方領土を望む~
(dai ikkai saitotan Nemuro shiisaido marason ~ hopporyodo wo nozomu)

A "new" half marathon in Nemuro, home of delicious Hanasaki crab.  This event was originally the Nosappu Cape Half marathon which took runners from the cape on a one way course into the town.  The Nemuro Seaside Half Marathon starts on the edge of town and goes out along the west coast of the cape and back.

When: August 20th, 2017 (Sunday)

Where: Nemuro-shi
Reception and packet pickup held at the Seishonen Center (青少年センター) the evening before from 3 pm to 5 pm  and from 8:00 am to 8:40 am on the day of the event.

Address: Nemuro-shi, Makunouchi 146 banchi 16 (根室市牧の内146番地16; 43.332680, 145.608801)

Start Times:
Half   10:20 am
10k    10:40 am
5k, 3k, 1k  9:30 am

Must finish the half marathon within 2 hours and 50 minutes of the start.
5 km - 37 minutes, 10 km - 1:15 ,  15 km - 1:53,  20 km - 2:40,  Gaol 2:50.

10:57  - 5 km
11:25  - 10 km
12:13  - 15 km
13:00  - 20 km

Due to serious connectivity issues, I have been having a hard time making updates.

Event Website: http://www.nemuroseaside-marathon.jp/

If you are in the Obihiro area, you can take a bus to the event and back the day before the event.  A group of runners, many from different local clubs, ride together to the event and most all of them stay together at a Ryokan in Nemuro the night before.  It is a long drive to Nemuro from the Tokachi area so it is nice to have someone else do the driving.  If you are interested in taking advantage of the bus to Nemuro, please let me know by commenting on this post.

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."

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.