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.