Friday, September 7, 2012

Saroma Lake 100k 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 February 11, 2013

Date: June 23rd, 2013
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 2014 or 2015?

Links:
Official Homepage
http://saromanblue.jp/top/

City of Kitami - in English
http://www.kitamikanko.jp/english/57_06_marathon.html

#saroma100

Please click on the Saroma label for the most up-to-date information on this race.  Also be sure and check the comments.
Date: June 23, 2013
Application period: Mid January to Mid February.
100k Start 5 am
50k   Start 10 am

Course: It is a mostly flat course at sea level with a few undulations that I wouldn't call "hills" per say around the 80k mark. It takes your from the north side of Saroma Lake down to the southeast side.

You start on the Yubetsu side at the Yubetsu Sogo Taiikukan (Gym) and end at the Tokoro side in Kitami at the Kitami Tokoro-cho Sports Center.

Requirements:
1. Be able to run 100km within 13 hours or 50km within 8 hours.
2. Athletes cannot participate in wheelchairs.
3. Must be at least 18 years old on the day of the event.
4. Foreign athletes can participate in either the JAAF Registered class or the non-registered class.  However, if you are a registered runner with the athletics federation in your own country, you can participate in the registered runners division if you have a certificate showing your current status as a registered runner in your own country.

(I don't know much about registering with JAAF but you don't have to registered with them to run the race.  .)

You must past the following points within the allotted time or you will be asked to remove your bib and get on a bus to be carried to the finish.




100km
5 am Start


Time
Elapsed Time
30km
900
4:00
42.195km
1030
5:30
50km
1130
6:30
60km
1235
7:35
70km
1345
8:45
80km
1500
10:00
90km
1630
11:30
Finish
1800
13:00
50km
10 am Start

10km
1130
1:30
20km
1345
3:45
30km
1500
5:00
40km
1630
6:30
Finish
1800
8:00



More information:


1.         You will get your bib number and runner's pack when you check in either the day before or two days before at the reception area at the Yubetsu-cho Sogo Taiikukan Arena.
2.         Aid stations every 5 km with sports drinks, bananas, candy, dried plums (for electrolytes), chocolate etc, Water only spots ever 2.5km
3.         At the 55 km mark, in front of the Hotel Grantia Saroma there will be a rest station where you can have a bag delivered to. You can use this area to change your shoes and clothes etc. There will be changing tents available. Food and drinks and toilets will also be available.
4.         There will be two special bags of different colors provided to put your stuff into. One to be delivered to the finish, and one to be delivered to the rest station in front of the Hotel Grantia Saroma.
5.         Paramedics will be on hand in case of emergencies.
6.         Participants in the 100 km divisions MUST finish reception/check in by either the DAY BEFORE the race or two days before. This is usually done at the start, at the Yubetsu Sogo Tai’ikukan (gym).


Athletes living outside of Japan who want to participate can use their foreign address on the application forms


I will be adding more information and updating this page as time permits and when it gets closer to the application start in January 2013.

To be translated: Schedule for the event Fri thru Sunday.

6月22日(金)
■14:00~18:00
受付 湧別総合体育館「アリーナ」
※フライトスケジュールにより変更になる場合があります。

大きな地図で見る
6月23日(土)
■9:00~19:00
受付 湧別総合体育館「アリーナ」

■16:00~17:30
開会式/前夜祭 湧別文化センター「さざ波」
※100kmの部は当日受付はありません。
必ず上記2日間に受付を行ってください。
6月24日(日)
■5:00
100kmの部スタート 湧別総合体育館
■8:30~9:30
50kmの部受付 佐呂間町100年広場
■10:00
50kmの部スタート 佐呂間町100年広場
■16:00~
表彰式 北見市常呂町百年広場
■18:00
レース終了/制限時間
■18:20~19:20
閉会式/さよならパーティー 北見市常呂町スポーツセンター
















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