Sunday, June 2, 2013

Rishiri Island Run (Yu-Yu Running)

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 For a lot of people, after conquering(?) the marathon, the prospect of challenging even longer distances creeps into their warped minds.  Often the next step up is a 50k.  This run is 55.4k and offers an opportunity to take a step into the "ultra" world of long distance running.  It's a run I've always wanted to do.  Maybe this year is the year?  However, it requires that you take a day or two off to accomplish it as it is out of the way and a bit hard to get to.  If you can work out the logistics, it looks like a great run.

Date: June 2, 2013
Place: Ripura (Rishirifuji-cho Sogo Koryu Sokushin Shisetsu)

55km (Men and Women from 7th grade up, 10 hour time limit, two cut-off gates)

Fee: 4,000 yen (includes insurance, drinking water and photos)

Limited to first 500 entries (Preference given to "repeaters" who have participated before )

Application period: February 12 to April 30

Pre-event party: June 1, 6:30pm to 8pm limited to 300 people. Must apply in advance.  Cost 2,000 yen.
*The party filled up last year.

Snacks offered at the finish and a free ride to a hotspring (onsen).

After-event party: June 2, 4:30pm after the closing and award ceremonies. Cost 1,000 yen.
Rides offered to the ferry terminal for people taking the last ferry back.

You can download the application from and get more details from Rishirifuji Town at
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