Sunday, October 27, 2013

Nissan Cup Rikubetsu Kogarashi Half Marathon

お問い合わせは、大会事務局(陸別町役場産業振興課内 ℡0156-27-2141まで)

From the Rikubetsu homepage.
The Kogarashi Half Marathon also has 10k and 5k events and 3k and 2k events for children will be held on October 27th at the Nissan Test Track.

DeadlineOctober 4th.
You can download more information and application forms from the Rikubetsu Town hompage here:

There are no cheering crowds, no spectators but there great views and the probably the only chance you'll have of racing around Nissan's Hokkaido test track.  The Half marathon first takes you around the inner circle full of serious hill climbs and then around the outer high-speed circle and back for the finish.  Kogarashi means "cold wind" and likewise the weather is always a bit cool for this race.

Please call the Sangyo Sinkoka of the Rikubetsu-cho Yakuba at 0156-27-2141 for more information.

Mt. Mokoto Fukioroshi Marathon

Mt. Mokoto Fukioroshi Marathon
Full, half, 10k, 5k, 3k, 2k events. 
October 27.
Apply by September 27.

Here is the event site: home | fukioroshi

Shikaoi Trail Run

The Shikaoi Trail Run will have its fourth running on Saturday October 27th

The run starts and ends at the Nishikami Farm and takes you through a wild ride through forests, over wood chip trails, across several small rivers and through green pastures. The farm also has a cafe and furnace for cooking bread or pizza and they have strawberries. Loads and loads of strawberries that you can buy or pick yourself.

Place: Kanko Noen Nishikami in Shikaoi
Put on by the Shikaoi-cho Sogogata Chiiki Sports Club "Wakko".

8:30 Opening Ceremony
9:00 Start
13:00 Awards Ceremony

23k fee 3,000yen
12k fee 2,000yen
5k fee 1,500yen (700 for children)

Apply by: October 4 (Friday)

Apply by post or fax, pay by making a deposit to their account at
〒081-0223 河東郡鹿追町南町2丁目40番地(和田)
☆振込先☆ しかおいトレイルラン実行委員会

Tel/Fax (0156)66-2438
Inquiry/Questions can be made by telephone after 9pm.

Bank account
帯広信用金庫 鹿追支店 店番006 口座番号1047907

Trekking poles not allowed
Be prepared for the cold.
Long tights or other leg covering should be worn to protect against cuts and scrapes.

I have not been able to find a link for this and I have lost our own applications but I someone was kind enough to upload a PDF of the application, in color! So they must have gotten it from the source, wherever the source is. I was not able to find it on the Shikaoi Town website like last year.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Mokoto - Lake Kussharo Trail Run

Mt. Mokoto and Lake Kussharo Trail Run

A low impact trail run.

Date: October 20, 2013
Apply by September 20, 2013

A trail run and trail walk competition.
See the details at their homepage (Japanese)

The longest event is 26km.  With shorter runs and walks.  Children in 4th grade and up can join some of the shorter events.

It looks like this one might be a bit more difficult to apply for since it doesn't use a 3rd party service like Runnet to apply.
You can download a form and fax in your application.   You will have to pay by bank transfer, essentially, by sending money to their account.  The account information is on their website as well as a sample of how the form might look like filled in.

This is an event I've had my eye one for a while.  I still won't be able to run the event myself because of family duties, but maybe someday.

Treking pole are not allowed.
I believe you need to bring/carry your own cup or bottle for getting water from the aid stations.

You'll probably want to wear long tights and gloves and BEAR BELLS to be safe.  The sasa can cut your skin.

They have promotion videos (PV) at the website.  Check it out.

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.