Sunday, November 6, 2011

Karikachi Trail Running

Another Trail Running Event has sprung up.  This time in the Karikachi area.

You can probably just download this image, print it out and use it to apply.
Or you can download the PDF from the event site here:

You can also apply online at the event site.

20k, 10k, 4k trail runs.   3000yen for the 20 and 10k and 1000 for the 4k

A bus provided from Shintoku to the event site.

Event URL:

Maps on the event site show elevation changes across the course.  Not a very clean map but it serves it's purpose.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Shikaoi Trail Run

This weekend is the Tokachi Trail Running event in Shimizu.  
Also, I just got the application, off of Twitter of all places, for this year's Shikaoi Trail Run.
It's the second running of this event and this year there are three course.  
A 5k, 12k and 23k run.
It is held at the Kawakami Kanko Noen, a sort of touristy farm where you can do horseback riding, strawberry picking and you can eat the fresh dishes at the restaurant there.  

The Shikaoi Trail Run is October 23, 2011.  

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Karikachi Summer Road Race

The Karikachi Summer Road Race in Shintoku.

I just got the application for this today in the mail. Very small local race. The short courses are almost entirely on Shintoku's well known grass running course. The one eigth marathon (5.275km) and quarter marathons (10.549km) take you off of the grass course and out onto country roads lined with summer crops of maybe potatoes or sugar beets. Usually the potatoes are in full bloom and their fragrant smell tries to encourage you to slow down and enjoy.

Date: July 17
Place: Shintoku Sahoro Riverside Park Golf Course

The grass running course goes around the golf course.

Fee: 2000 yen for high school and above, 1000 yen for junior high school and below.

Please see the details of the event below and if you have any questions feel free to comment on this post and I will answer as soon as possible. I'm sorry this is not more details but my wife is in the hospital and I have to take care of the kids.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Biei Healthy Half Marathon

Biei Healthy Marathon 2011

  27100    6月12日 北海道   びえいヘルシーマラソン2011
Biei Healthy Half Marathon June 22
20th Anniversary Race!
One of the most popular races in Japan! On the top 100 list.
When:June 22 (Sun)
Apply by: April 30th
Type: Running
Runtes No.:27100
Races: Half, quarter, eighth

Fee: 3000yen
Event Homepage:

Run from Biei Shirogane Spa (onsen) to Maruyama Sports and Track and Field Park.
Lots of people cheering you on. The children really help with their cheers on the steep hill. Run down from the spa on a road lined with white birch. Beautiful. Lots of food stalls at the goal and plenty of space in the sports park to relax after the event. Biei itself is surrounded by rolling hills and is a beautiful area.

Course map available from event homepage.

Apply at Runnet.

Contact: 0166-92-3333
Hokkaido Kamikawa-gun Biei-cho Hon-cho 4-6-1
Biei-cho Yakuba

北海道上川郡美瑛町本町4-6-1 美瑛町役場内 

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Otaru Canal Road Race

 27368    6月19日 北海道   第23回おたる運河ロードレース
Otaru Unga Road Race , half, June 19
Half, 10k, 5k, 2.5k

The Otaru Unga (canal) Road Race takes you along the historic Otaru Canal with views of the ocean and many of the historic old warehouses and bridges with a turnaround at the Otaru Aquarium for the half.

Places for 1st through 6th.
Original towel to all participants.

Participation fee:
3,000 yen for adults
1,000 for school aged children

Application period: 4/11 to 5/9
    Can apply at
  • Runnet 200yen
    Pay at convenience stores, with credit cards or by bank account withdrawal
  • Sports Entry  200 yen to 250 yen 
    Pay at convenience stores, with credit cards. Call 0570-037-846 Weekdays 10 am to 5 pm
  • JTB Sports Station 200 yen
    Pay at convenience stores, with credit cards

Must be able to finish the half within 2 hours 10 minutes.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Toya Lake Marathon

One of the most popular and well loved races in Japan.
Run around Lake Toya.
Full, 10k, 5k, 2k

Date: May 22
Apply by March 25!

Tel 0142-75-4400
Fax 0142-75-4704
Official HP

Entry via
胆振 洞爺湖町

Pick up your bib and race packet the day before at the Toyako Bunka Center from 15:00 to 17:00.
On race day at Kohan Yuhodo Hiroba lakeside from 07:00 to 09:00.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Upcoming Races

  27100    6月12日 北海道   びえいヘルシーマラソン2011
Biei Healthy Half Marathon June 22

 27368    6月19日 北海道   第23回おたる運河ロードレース
Otaru Unga Road Race , half, June 19

 29549    6月26日 北海道   第1回 日刊札幌駅伝
The inaugural Nikkan Sapporo Ekiden  June 26

 29476 6月26日 健康をさがそう!たかすジョギングフェスティバル
Kenko wo Sagaso! Takasu Jogging Festival
1.5k, 3k, 5k, 10k, and Half Marathons
Also on

 27408    7月3日  北海道   きたひろしまエルフィンロードハーフマラソン
Kita Hiroshima Elfin Road Half Marathon July 3

 27876    7月3日  北海道   北ガスグループ6時間リレーマラソン in札幌ドーム
Kita Gas Group 6 hour Relay in Sapporo Dome July 3

7月3日 ビネシリ登山マラソン
Mt. Pineshiri Marathon July 3 in Shintotsukawa.

42km run up to the top of Mt. Pineshiri in Shintotsukawa.
30km, 15km and 5km(?) runs too!
With an elevation change of over 1000m this is a very challenging race. The distance of the 42km run may change slightly depending on the road conditions.  It was 45km in the past, making it an official ultra marathon.

 28157    7月10日 北海道   第3回なかしべつ330°開陽台マラソン
Nakashibetsu 330 degrees Kaiyodai Half Marathon July 10

 28478    7月10日 北海道   第14回北海道森林スポーツフェスタ2011 in定山渓
Hokkaido Shinrin Sports Festa 2011 July 10 in Jozankei (16k and 5k)
Deadeline: 6/15
 28176    7月10日 北海道   第6回札幌・豊平川市民マラソン
Sapporo-Toyohira River Shimin Marathon July 10

 28443    7月24日 北海道   第25回サフォークランド士別ハーフマラソン
SuffolkLand Shibetsu Half Marathon July 24

 28449    7月31日 北海道   第39回釧路湿原マラソン
Kushiro Shitsugen 30km . 
Always a good event to get practice before an August full marathon!

 28623    8月21日 北海道   第1回 北オホーツク100kmマラソン
Inaugural Ohotsuku 100km Ultra August 21

 27662    8月28日 北海道   2011北海道マラソン
Hokkaido Marathon August 28

 28160    9月11日 北海道   第12回NACトレイルランinニセコ
NAC Trail Run in Niseko August 28

All numbers on the right are event numbers. Some events not on Runnet. In that case information is provided to help you enter those events.

- Posted from my iPhone

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Obihiro no Mori Aquathlon

Obihiro no Mori Aquathlon Taikai

Date: May 15 (Sun)
Place: Obihiro no Mori Shimin Pool
Apply by: 4/16
Apply to: TTU十勝トライアスロン連合事務局
Kamada Bicycles
Obihiro-shi Higashi 7-jo Minami 4-chome 1

Official HP:
Kamada Bicycle Club

 I just received this information on the Obihiro no Mori Aquathalon.
Here is the application form and the details of the event.  It is a swim and run event (aquathalon).  There is a short, middle and long division with the long division being a 1500m swim and 13km run.

You must put the time that you think you will finish the swim down on the application and they will try to put you in an appropriate group for the swim start.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Shiranuka Road Race

10k, 5k, 3k

March 20
Application Period: January 1, 2010 - February 28

Fee: 2,500yen, 1,500 High School Students, 1,000 Elementary

Request application by phone.
Applications and information can also be downloaded from the event website (see below).

About 400 participants.

Start: In front of the Shiranuka-cho Sogo Taiikukan 白糠町総合体育館前
Start time: 3k=10:30, 5k & 10k=11:00
Address: 北海道白糠郡白糠町東二条北3丁目1−1
5 minute walk from JR Shiranuka Station

Other: Participation prize (local products), certificate of completion, distance markers, changing rooms

Tel: 01547-2-4595
〒088-0341 白糠町茶路基線13 斎藤政昭

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Shiranuka Road Race Canceled

The Shiranuka Road Race to be held this weekend on March 20th has been canceled

Read below: 


白糠陸上競技協会 会長 木村正清

Because there may yet be aftershocks that would endanger the runners, and also, because fuel is becoming hard to come by, and for other reasons related to this disaster, they have decided to cancel the event.

They will return your participation fee OR, if you choose, you can choose to have the event organizers send the your participation fee to help with relief efforts.   They decided this after a number of participants expressed their desire that they do so.

This was taken from their homepage.  They plan on calling everyone to inform them of the decision.  Perhaps they have already called you?

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Northern Horse Park Half Marathon

Northern Horse Park Half Marathon.
Where: Tomakomai City
When: May 15, 2011
7k Trail Run
Half Marathon
Child and Parent Fun Run

7000 yen for the half marathon
10,000 yen for entry into both the trail and the half together.

Buffet available on the day of the race to entrants.
Pre-race dinner the night before ( not free).

T-Shirt to all entrants
Free shuttle bus to onsen.
Top 6 runners in each category (not for Child parent entrants) gets part ownership of a race horse(?).

Lottery drawing for invitational entry into the Tanigawa Mari Half Marathon in Tokyo. This is for Hokkaido residents only.
Lottery drawing for invitational entry into the Honolulu Marathon for ladies only.

You can donate to the Association for Aid and Reliefe (AAR), Japan charity to help refugees and to help fund the removal of land mines when you apply.  The Tanigawa Mari Half Marathon is also a charity marathon that donates to the AAR. 

Entry Period/Deadline:
February 4 to April 15, 2011

Event Date: May 15, 2011

Call 03-5280-0155 for more information (10am to 6pm weekdays)
Call 03-371407924 to request pamphlets.

There is an entry free to get into the Northern Horse Park for people not entered into the race.
You can apply for the race on Runtes No:02585

Official Homepage

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Saroma Lake 100km Ultramarathon

The Saroma Lake 100km Ultramarathon
Held every year in late June.

100km and 50km divisions.

One of the most popular and celebrated ultra-marathons in Japan.
Run with close to 5000 others around the beautiful Saroma Lake.

Apply by March 11, 2011

Date: June 26th, 2011
The last Sunday in June.

This is a fantastic event and I can't say enough about it. There are so many people on the course that you are almost never running alone. That alone helps a lot. There is either a water stop or a water and food stop every 2.5km. The support of the other runners and of all the volunteers on the course is phenomenal. This is one of the most famous and well attended ulras in Japan for good reason.

People who have completed this ultra 10 times get preferred treatment. If you are in Japan for the long haul, why not give it a try in 2011 or 2012?

Official Homepage

City of Kitami - in English


Please click on the Saroma label for the most up-to-date information on this race.  Also be sure and check the comments.
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.