Sunday, November 8, 2015

2015 Fall races

A lot of the races are on the calendar, especially those with a fixed repeating date or day like the last Sunday of October. (Apply by deadlines are in parenthesis.)
  1. 9/27 Hokkaido Trail Running in Rusutsu (8/25)
  2. 9/27 Kozan Green Race 20K (9/16) (Trail)
  3. 10/4 Okoppe Chichi no Sato Half Marathon (8/31)
  4. 10/4 Santa Land Ogon Road Half Marathon
  5. 10/4 Sapporo Half Marathon (Mid July)
  6. 10/4 Betsukai Pilot Marathon (7/31)
  7. 10/11 Tokachi Trail Running in Honbetsu (8/31)
  8. 10/11 Tomakomai Half Marathon (8/21) 
  9. 10/11 Kitami Half Marathon (9/11)
  10. 10/11 Terry Fox Run & Walk 
  11. 10/12 Kenko Matsuri Furubira Road Race (Mid September)
  12. 10/12 Kenko (Half) Marathon in Sapporo
  13. 10/18 Shikaoi Trail Run (30k, 12, 5k) (9/24)
  14. 10/18 Hokkaido Onuma Great Run & Walk (August)
  15. 10/18 Urakawa Pisukari Half Marathon (Mid September)
  16. 10/25 Nissan Cup Rikubetsu Kogarashi Half Marathon (until early October)
  17. 10/25 Gokibiru Trail 30k (Application starts 8/1 on Runtes)
  18. 11/1 Foodvalley Tokachi Half Marathon (9/30)
  19. 11/8 Sapporo Sayonara Half Marathon
There are some Ekiden and possibly other races that I have missed.  If you know of one, let me know in the comments!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Foodvalley Tokachi Half Marathon

Foodvalley Tokachi Half Marathon


What: Half marathon, 5k, 2.5k

Where: Obihiro

Date: 11/1

Deadline: 9/30

Fee: 5200 for adults

Time restrictions: Yes, 2:30 for the half, 50 minutes for the 5k.

THE biggest, most popular, and arguably most delicious half marathon in the sub-prefecture of Tokachi.  Starting in downtown Obihiro with a very slight climb out to the Obihiro no Mori Sports park for the turn-around and then a slight downhill for the second half.  The course is always lined with spectators and volunteer groups cheering you on and providing sweets, refreshment and entertainment to help take your mind of the pain! High school volunteers, adult volunteer groups, staff, local cake shops and banks, all provide support for runners along the course.  You might not want to slow down as you try to get your best time but it will be hard to pass up all the sweets along the course.  The famous cake and confectionery shop Rokkatei had not an aid station but a "Sweets Station" set up along the course where they offered chocolates and bite-sized pieces of cake for runners in 2014. Runners have received "Manpuku tickets" worth 1000 yen that can be used at outside food stalls and some type of sporting goods.  I have received a running pouch, a small duffle bag, and last year an over-the-shoulder one strap bag. I don't use the running pouch much but I do sometimes, It has a bottle holder.  I do use the other bags all the time.

If you need help getting registered, let me know in the comments.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Kenko (Half) Marathon

Kenko Marason Taikai
Put on by the Sunshine Sports Club

Dist: Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, 3k
Fee: 3000 yen
Deadline: 9/23

Meet at Toyohira River riverside park by the Myunhen Bridge (ミュンヘン大橋)
Reception: 8:30 to 9:20
Course briefing: 9:30
Start: 10:00 (Half Marathon, other distance start AFTER the half marathon start)

Apply by bringing your application and application fee to the Sunshine Sports Club or by sending your fee to the following bank account.

北海道銀行中央支店 (普)0769447 サンシャインビル(株)
Hokkaido Ginko Chuo Shiten (futsu) 0769447  Sunshinebiru

You can download a PDF of the application form from their website at the link below.

Tel 011-221-3411
Fax 011.221.2718

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Santa Land Half Marathon

Ogon Doro Santa Land Half Marathon

After hearing about this a couple of times over the past year, the new running event finally has a website up and an official date. It is scheduled for October 4, which would make it the same weekend as the Betsukai Pilot Marathon.  The main distance is a half marathon and the fee is 3,500 yen.

Date: October 4, 2015
Apply: June 10, 2015 - September 4, 2015
Where: Hiro-cho, Daimaruyama Park

They say participants will get a present from Santa on Christmas Eve!?

The website is brand new and unfinished.  I expect there to be more information by the time the application period starts.

The website has been updated and you can now apply for the race as of June 10.
Online application is being handled by Sports Entry.

Half - 7th grade and up
5k - elementary aged and up
3k - elementary aged kids through high school
3k - Costume (Dressed as Santa?)
3k -  Pair

Half: 3,500 for adults, 2,500 for high school, 2,000 for junior high school
5km: 2,500 for adults, 1,500 for junior high school, 1,000 for elementary school
3km 1,000 for junior and high school, 800 yen for elementary school
3km  costume and pair, 1,000 yen.

If you can't apply through Sports Entry you can get an application mailed to you and apply by Yubin Furikae at a post office.

There will be medals and prizes for placers, soup after the race, and a lucky drawing.
A portion of the participation feel will be used for charity.  There will also be whole roasted half of beef, ikura don (salmon roe on rice) and other goodies.

Okoppe Chichi no Sato Half Marathon

Okoppe Chichi no Sato Half Marathon


What: Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, 3k

Date: 10/4 (Sunday)
Deadline: 8/31

Where: Okoppe-cho 興部町

Fee: 2,500 yen for adults

Runners get salmon soup, rice with scallops and milk after the race to help speed your recovery. Looks like  a delicious event.

Apply by Yubin Furikomi:

Event Page:

Bekkai Pilot Marathon

Bekkai Pilot Marathon

October 4th
(The first Sunday of October every year)

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. Not much to do in Bekkai but enjoy the views and the food.

You can get all of the details, in detail from this page.

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

Oct. 4th
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

Full 5000
5k 2,000

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 

Or, you can download this VCS file for you calendar program here:!112511&authkey=!AFhP7O6nxmPBJj8&ithint=file%2cvcs

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Kozan Green Race (Trail)

Kozan Green Race (Trail)


Trail Race
20k, 10k, 5k, 3k, 1k

Date: September 27, 2015
Deadline: 9/16

Where: Noboribetsu Nature Center "Foresto"

Fee: At 2000 yen for adults, this is one of the cheapest races out there.

The trail looks like it is all dirt and gravel road.
Kozan means "mine".

It doesn't look like they will use any online entry sites for this.  The Shikaoi Trail Run is the same. You have to send the money to them via bank transfer with your name, age, and race distance.  

It looks like fun.  

They have information on their website here:

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Tokachi-Dake Trail

Tokachi-Dake Trail in Kamifurano and Biei

What: Trail Run

When: 8/23/2015

Distance: 25k, 10k

Where: Kamifurano / Biei

Cost: 6000, 3000

Application Deadline: 7/31

Eligibility: Men and Women over the age of 18 with the confidence and ability to finish the course on their own.

Runners under the age of 18 can participate in the 10k event with the consent of a parent or guardian.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Nosappu Cape Marathon

Nosappu Cape Marathon
(Hoppo Ryodo Nossapu Misaki Marathon)

Place: Memuro, Nosappu Misaki
北海道芽室 納沙布岬
Date: August 16
Apply by 7/17

Running: half, 10k

Run from the Northern most point of Hokkaido into Memuro.

This is a race to raise awareness of the Northern Territories problem.

Past participation prizes include T-shirts, towels and baseball caps.

Various prizes given for other things in the closing ceremony. Drink and soup and some food after the race. See the ocean as you run.

I don't have time to do this justice, but I really enjoy this race.  The views of the ocean are great and the soup at the end is delicious.  We always go a day early and enjoy a crab dinner the night before the race.



Sunday, June 28, 2015

Salomon Great Earth Furano Trail Run

Salomon Furano Trail-Run and Adventure

June 28, 2015

Application is open and the deadline is June 7, 2015.

Apply at Sports Entry Net

Event Website:

30k  7,000 yen
15k  6,000 yen
10k  5,000 yen
3k    3,000 yen
Family (parent and child) 3,500 yen for parent and child (total of 2 people)

There is also an Adventure Treasure Hunt for children and their parents.

If you are a little crazy and have pretty strong legs and need a challenge, this might be a good one for you.  The 15k takes you up and down the Furano Ski slope for 750 m of elevation change.  The 30k is two laps!

If you need more information in English on this event, let me know in the comments and I will translate the details as well.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Okushiri Moonlight Marathon

Okushiri Moonlight Marathon (Full)

June 27 (Sat)
Full (6 hour limit), Half (4 hour limit)
Application period: April 1 to April 30, 2015
Fee: 10,000 yen  (Includes insurance, T-shirt and admittance to the pre-race and after race dinners.)
Apply through Sports Entry

Pre-race dinner
Time: June 26 (Fri), 16:30 to 17:3-
Place: Okushiri-cho Kaiyo Kenshu Center

Award ceremony and After-race dinner
Time: June 27 (Sat) 21:00 to 22:30
Place: Jinkojiban Bokaikyo event area

For more information
Okushiri Moonlight Marathon Jikoi'inkai
Okushiri-jima Kanko Kyokai 9:00 to 17:00
Tel 01397-2-2400

This is only a rough translation of the information on their website.  For more details, visit the website or ask your question here in the comments.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Yuzumi Half Marathon (Sapporo)

Sapporo Yuzumi Half Marathon

Ok, here is a quick and dirty translation for those interested.

Date: August 22
Apply by: August 3
Where: Sapporo, Meet at the riverside park near the Toyohira River Bridge
What: Half, 10k, 5k, 3k
Fee: 3,000, 3,500 (for parent child pair)

Put on by the Sunshine Sports Club.
Apply in person at the Sunshine Sports Club in Sapporo or by sending your participation fee to their bank account and sending your filled out application form to their address.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Chitose JAL International Marathon

(dai nijyunana kai Chitose jyaru kokusai marason)

Where: Chitose City
When: June 7
Apply by: February 27 by mail* or April 8 over the internet*
Runs: Full, half, 10k, 3k
Fee: 4000 yen

*Applying over the Internet requires a account, which requires an address in Japan.
*Application by mail (not e-mail, with envelopes and stamps) requires you to first send a self-addressed and stamped envelope, an unused envelope addressed to YOU, with the necessary postage, to the entry center. (see Japanese below)  The entry center will send you the application form. Fill out the form with the necessary details and take it and your application fee, along with 130 yen for handling fees, to a Japan Post office to apply.  You can only use an original form and copies will not be accepted.  You should, however, keep copies of your forms and receipts until the marathon is over.
申込期間 : 2015 年 2 月 13 日(金)〜 2 月 27 日(金)消印有効 ※先着1,000名様
  • ※参加料とは別に手数料がかかります。
  • ※払込手数料130円(窓口)・80円(ATM)
(平日/10:00〜17:00 ※土日祝を除く)
〒152-8532 東京都目黒区原町1-31-9
  • ※パンフレットの送料はご負担いただきます。

Obviously, both of the above application methods require you to be in or living in Japan. Which makes it a bit odd for an "international" marathon.  I am trying to see if there is a way that a person can apply from overseas without the help of a third party.  At the moment, it looks like one's best bet would be to have a friend in Japan apply on your behalf through the post office or possibly you could use their address to make your account on I have talked to over e-mail and they say it is ok for people living onverseas to use the addresses of friends or family living in Japan to register.

Some basic info on the event.

Water/drinks ever 5k
Mileage markers ever 1k
Places up to 6th
T-shirt and towel present
Course: The course is run in Aoba Koen ( a big park) and much of it is run on unpaved paths that go through the park.
Here is the course recreated on Google maps from the event literature.

Service: drinks, potatoes, and a drawing for two to go to the Honolulu Marathon!

Race HP:

Apply to :
千歳JAL国際マラソン エントリーセンター
TEL 03-3714-7924
For more information: 千歳JAL国際マラソン実行委員会事務局 (Chitose jyaru kokusai marason jikkouiinkai jimukyoku) TEL 0123-24-2320 (Tue to Sat 8:45 to 17:15, excluding holidays)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Kamui Forest Trail Run

Trail Run in Asahikawa

5, 10, 20, 40km distances 

When: May 24
Apply by: April 30
Where: Asahikawa, Kamuicho Tomioka
Fureai no Ie (富沢ふれあいの家)
GPS: 43.743310, 142.315597
Must finish the 40k within 8 hours.

Fee: 40K 6000円  20K 4500円  10K 3500円  5K 2500円

You can apply through Sports Entry  or by using their download form here:

Sports Entry (showed a lower price of 5,500yen??)

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Honbetsu Koen Cross-Country 8k

The Honbetsu Koen (honbetsu park) Cross-Country 8k race is planed for April 19.

If you are interested in participating in the small event, let me know and I will forward you the information or post it here.

I did find a link to the event on the town's website.
I will re-post the information below with an English translation.

The 29th Honbetsu Koen Cross Country Foot Race

The Honbetsu Track and Field Club (Honbetsu Rikujo kurabu) will hold the 25th Honetsu Koen Cross Country Foot Race (honbetsu koen kurosukantorii taikai) in Honbetsu Park on April 19, 2015.


 April 19
Registration from 9:30
Opening Ceremony from 10:00

Honbetsu Koen Chusha-jo Shibafu Hiroba

Adults/一般:1,500円 1,500yen
School aged children/小・中・高校生:500円 500yen

Apply By

April 9

How to Apply

参加申込書および参加料を郵便小為替または現金書留にて本別陸上クラブ事務局篠原順彦さん(〒089-3334 本別町北5丁目8番地9)に郵送してください
Send your application form and participation fee by postal money order (yubin kokawase ) or by registered mail (genkin kakitome) to the Honbetsu Rikujo Kurabu Jimukyoku in care of Mr. SHINOHARA Masahiko at the following address

〒089-3334 本別町北5丁目8番地9
(089-3334, Honbetsu-cho Kita 5-chome 8 banchi 9 )

・ 年齢は平成23年4月17日現在とします。学生については新学年と年齢の両方を記載してください
・ Age is what age you will be on the date of the event. For school children, please write down your age and year in school.
・ The organizers will not be held responsible for any accidents held during the event. However, the organizers will have all participants covered by a sports insurance plan.
・ Please pick up your bib number from the organizers at registration.
・ We cannot refund your entry fee in the case the event is canceled due to inclement weather or for other reasons.
・ In the event of poor weather or other circumstances, a decision will be made by 7 am on the day of the event as to weather the event will be held or not.
・ This is a track and field event, not a cross country ski event.

A  小学男子 1~3年生の部
Elementary school grades 1 thru 3
B  小学男子 4~6年生の部
Elementary school grades 4 thru 6

C  中学男子の部
Junior High Boys
D  高校・一般・壮年男子の部
High School

E  高校男子の部
High School Boys
F  一般男子の部
G  壮年の部(50歳以上)
Men Over 50

H  小学女子 1~3年の部
Elementary school girls grades 1 thru 3
I  小学女子 4~6年の部
Elementary school girls grades 4 thru 6

J  中学女子の部
Junior High School girls
K  高校女子の部
High School girls
L  一般女子の部

M  高校・一般女子の部
Ladies and High School girls

篠原 順彦さん
Mr. SHINOHARA Masahiko
Tel: 090-5986-9240

Update: (3/23/2011)
Here is a link to the application form and information about the event from 2011:

The first two pages have almost exactly the same information as posted above.
Page 3 is the application form.
Pages 6 and 7 are maps of the courses.

If you have any troubles with the links to the files please let me know in the comments section.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Obihiro no Mori Aquathlon

The Obihiro no Mori Aquathlon

The Obihiro no Mori Aquathlon is on May 17. Apply by April 17. See the newspaper clipping for more details or ask your questions here. It is a fun event if you can get your swim training in. The pool where I live doesn't usually open until the day after the Aquathlon. The organizers keep it simple and fun and there is a chance to run the course the day before.

This event is the first in the Hokkaido Triathlon Circuit series.

Aquathlon distances

1500 m swim, 12.7 km run

(elementary school and up)
800 m swim, 6.5 km run

(elementary and junior high school only)
300 m swim, 3 km run


5,000 yen
2,000 yen for junior high and under

Second deadline is 4/28, but you will have to pay late fee of 1,500 yen in addition to your participation fee.


Tokachi Triathlon Association

It seems to me that the Kamada Bicycle Shop is where you can get more information and an application form.  You can find them on Route 38 in Obihiro. Here is their website, which isn't updated very often.  
And you can find them here:

I contacted the Kamada bike shop and they sent me an application form. You can download it here:

Monday, March 23, 2015

Have you run the Hokkaido marathon?

Application for the August 30, Hokkaido Marathon starts April 5th! 
From 8pm on April 5th you can apply for the famous Hokkaido Marathon.
The marathon is known to be a tough marathon because of the heat. Regardless, thousands of runners take the challenge and the opportunity to run through the streets of Sapporo.  If you are a runner in Hokkaido its one of the first questions non-runners and runners alike will ask, "Have you run the Hokkaido marathon?"  Well, have you?

The event has an English page on their website.  You can see that at the link below.

You can apply at their runnet page above or you can download an application and apply via post.
Application form:

Races open for sign up as of March 23, 2015

Races that you can sign up for now on!

May 5
Nikkan Sports Toyohira-gawa Half Marathon
Half, 10k, 5k, 3k

May 10
Nayoro Kenpo Kinen Road Race
Half, 10k, 5k, 3k

May 16
Northern Horse Park Ekiden
8k (4 legs)

May 17
Northern Horse Park Half Marathon
Half, 7k Trail, Half + 7k Trail, 2.5k

June 7
Chitose Jal International Marathon
Full, Half, 10k, 3k

June 14
Biei Healthy Marathon
(Oka no machi Biei Healthy Marathon)
Half, Quarter, One eighth (5.274 km)

June 28
Hakodate Half Marathon

June 28
Kita Gas Group 6 Hour Relay in Sapporo Dome
6 hour relay, 42.195 km relay

July 5
Sapporo - Toyohira-gawa Shimin Marathon

July 11
Sapporo 30k
30k, 10k, 3k

July 26
Mt. Taisetsu Ultra Trail
80 km, 40 km, 25 km, 5km trekking (all trail runs)
Engaru-cho,  Shirataki

September 6
NAC Trail Run in Niseko
30 km, 10 km, 5km trail runs
Kuchian, Niseko

September 27
Ohotsuku Abashiri Marathon
Full, 5 km, 3 km

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.