In order to welcome more international runners from around the world to the Shinetsu Five Mountain Trail race, we have asked Avid Adventures Japan to provide information about our race in English on their website. Avid will also be managing the international entries. Please click on the following link to find out more about the race and to register for the race in English.
A message from our race director:
A dream has finally been realized.
The 100 mile Shinetsu Five Mountains Trail race.
A running journey that is longer and farther and more exciting than ever before. A journey full of enthusiasm and anticipation!
The Shinetsu Five Mountains Trail race will be held again this year thanks to the hard work and cooperation of many people. We welcome you to come savor the beautiful nature of the Shinetsu Kougen region and enjoy the wonderful down-to-earth atmosphere of this special trail race.
This year we’ve added a new section to the course and will be introducing a new 100 mile (160km) category along with the original 110km category. Ten years ago, when I first heard about the Shinetsu Kougen region and learned that the five beautiful mountain ranges could be connected by trails, I truly believed that this would be the perfect place for the first 100 mile race in Japan. I discussed this dream with many people but at the time there were very few races longer than 100km and even fewer runners who were able to run 100 miles. Organizing a race over 30 hours was also operationally difficult and thus a 100 mile race was not realistic at the time. I thought it would be best to first start off with a 100km race and develop it over time. Nine years later, we’re ready to hold a 100 mile race at last. The new course extends 50km deeper into the Myoko region and when added to the original 110km, comes out to a total of 160km. The 32 hour time limit will make it a very challenging race. You’ll have to give it your best and keep running in order to finish the race. The new course though, like the previous races will be runnable and should provide you with a very enjoyable trail run. I would like to welcome you, as well as your friends and family this year to share and enjoy the passion of this 100 mile and 110km challenge!
Race Director, Trail Runner