Gassan Ryujin Marathon portrays Yamagata Prefecture through sports, nature, food, and hospitality.
Come see the sacred Mt. Gassan and the famous Tachiyazawa River, which was selected as one of the most exquisite bodies of water in Japan! Yamagata Prefecture is also known for harvesting some of Japan's most delicious rice. As you finish the race, you'll be surrounded by loud cheers and support from the local neighborhood - they will also welcome you back with their famous 'onigiri' rice balls and potato soup. This race is a perfect combination for those who love nature and food!
Until September 19, 2018
|Directions|| By Train From Tokyo Station, take the Joetsu Shinkansen to Niigata Station (about 2 hours and 15 minutes). Then, take the Inaho Limited Express to Amarume Station (about 2 hours). Then, take the Rikuusai Line to Kiyokawa Station (about 12 minutes). From Kiyokawa Station, walk to the race site (about 10 minutes, 800m - Google Maps)
By Plane and Car
From Haneda Airport, take ANA to Shonai Airport (about 1 hour). Then, drive about 30 minutes to the race site near Kiyokawa Station.
|Registration Period||Until September 19, 2018|
|Eligibility ＆ Time Limit||COT
Half Marathon - 3 hours
10km - 1 hour and 30 minutes
5km - 1 hour
3km - 30 minutes
1.2km Child and Parent Pair - 30 minutes
Half Marathon - High School and older
10km - High School and older
5km - High School and older
3km - Elementary School and older
1.2km Child and Parent Pair - Preschool to Elementary 3rd Grade
|Entry Fee||HM, 10K, 5K, 3K (all distances): ¥4,000
High School Students (all distances): ¥1,500
Elementary School & Middle School Students (3KM): ¥1,000
Child & Parent Pair: ¥2,500
|Start Time||Half Marathon 8:45AM
Child and Parent Pair - 10:15 AM
|Event Schedule||October 14, 2018 - Race Day
7:00AM Stretch & pickup participation prize (rice balls & potato soup will be available after 10:30
8:10AM Opening Ceremony
8:45AM Half Marathon Start
9:10AM 10km Start
9:30AM 5km Start
9:50AM 3km Start
10:15AM 1.2km Child & Parent Pair Start
10:30AM Awards Ceremony
12:00PM Rock-paper-scissor competition
* times are subject to change
|Start Line||Kiyokawa Grounds|
|Finish Line||Kiyokawa Grounds|
|Course Map||View course map|
|Course Elevation||View elevation chart|
|Awards||1.) Top 3 for each category
2.) First place for the half marathon will win a year's supply of Tsuyahime Rice
3.) First place for the 10km will receive a half year's supply of Tsuyahime Rice
|Participants Prize||Event Towel & Special Event Set * Child and Parent pair will only receive 1 Finisher's certificate * Available to pick up after the race Rice Balls & Soup * Enjoy rice balls using the first crop of the year & Yamagata Prefecture's famous potato soup|
|Early Bird||Register (and pay) before May 31, 2018 - the first 300 people will receive a rice cooking set|
|Last Year's Finishers||1,000 participants|
・Your bib must be placed on your chest & your timing chip must be on your shoes. You may be disqualified if your bib number is not placed properly. However, the Family Duo race is not timed so you can finish the race together with only the bib (no timing chip).
・You will return the timing chips after the race. You must return the timing chip even if you decide not to participate in the race, or if you get disqualified or withdraw from the race. You will be charged 5,000 yen for damaged or lost timing chips.
・ Refer to the separate course map for each race. There will be 8 water aid locations for the half marathon, 5 water aid stations for the 10km, 3 water aid stations for the 5km, and 2 water aid stations for the 3km. (subject to change)
・ Please be ready at the start line 10 minutes before the start time. Start times are subject to change so please be prepared and arrive early.
・ Runners should generally run on the left side of the road.
・ You are responsible for your own health. If you do not feel well on the day of the race, have the courage to withdraw from the race.
・ There are cut-off times to ensure a smooth and safe transition for the general traffic and race volunteers. Follow event staff directions if you do not meet the cut-off times.
・ Emergency vehicles have the right of way.
・ For half marathon, 10km, 5km, and 3km, there will be intersections and railroad tracks to cross. You will be asked to stop a minute before the train arrives. Always follow event staff directions and use your common sense.
・ All those registered through Samurai Sports must pick up their race packet on the day of the event between the hours of 0700 and 0830. Details regarding packet pick-up will be enclosed in your athlete guide sent 2-3 weeks before the event. Your race packet will contain the following: timing chip, bib, and a ticket to claim your participation certificate. All lost or unreturned timing chips will result in a charge of 5,000 yen.
・ THERE IS NO BAG CHECK SERVICE. You are responsible for your own bags. However, there will be a place to hold your valuables. The event organizers will hold up to 1 envelope of personal belongings per runner.
・There will be changing areas, but it will get congested so we recommend runners dressed ready to race.
・ Photos on sale are all approved by the event organizer.
・ Park only in designated parking spots. There will be shuttles going to the start location.
・The race is not responsible for any delays in public transportation and road conditions.
・ Drones are prohibited.
・ On top of the rules mentioned above, you must follow directions from the race organizers.
・ No refunds or credits will be issued. This applies to incidents in which the event is cancelled for any reason including personal participant circumstances of the participant (including illness and injury) and incidents in which the event is cancelled due to unforeseen weather conditions or natural disasters.
・Event entries are non-transferable. Any person doing so will be held responsible in case of an accident arising from or provoked by the other person during the event. Participants determined to be violating this policy will be disqualified without a refund. The event organizers will reserve the right to exclude both parties from future events.
・You will not sue the event organizers nor its affiliates (including Samurai Sports) for any injury or death caused during the event.
・ You consent to and will give all authorities and copyright to the event organizer and affiliates for the use of photography, motion pictures, articles, recordings or any other record of this event (including personal information such as name, age, gender, personal record, portrait, and etc.) for legitimate purposes and use in newspapers, TV, magazines, internet and any media publishing such as Facebook posts, Instagram posts, and pamphlets.
・ You should not have had any heart failures, or major illnesses. You should be healthy and will train enough to enter the race. The runner will participate will take full responsibility of their own injuries, sicknesses, accidents, losses, and etc.
・ You will withdraw from the race if the race decides that that you cannot continue. You will also follow safety instructions & operations from the race director and volunteers.
・ If you get sick before the opening ceremony, you will not object to receiving treatment. The organizer will not be responsible.
・ We do not allow false statement of age and gender nor the participation of anyone other than the person registered to enter the race. If caught, you will be disqualified and will be banned from future races. The organizer will not refund the entry fee.
・ Please ensure you have lodging and transportation plans figured out BEFORE registering for this event.
・The organizer is aware of the importance of your personal information. The use of personal information conforms to the organizer's privacy protection law.
・Your personal information is used to provide you valuable services, such as race information, results, service from race affiliates, result ranking, and etc.
・The organizer may release your personal information when your life or body is in a life-threatening situation.
・The race organizer and its affiliates may contact you regarding your registration information.
・In most cases, athlete guides in English will be sent via email approximately 2-3 weeks before the event. However, the delivery of athlete guides is entirely dependent on the timeliness of the event organizers. Samurai Sports takes approximately one to two days from receipt of the Japanese athlete guide to translate into English.
・If total cost is ¥5,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥500.
・If total cost is more than ¥5,000, you will incur a service charge amounting to 10% of total cost.
・Why the additional charges? They help us cover the cost of operating the registration platform, translation of athlete guides/event information, labor hours required to answer your event inquiries, etc. Depending on the event, the surcharges help to cover the cost of our physical presence at the event.
|Where to Stay||To be announced|
|Organizer||Gassan Ryujin Marathon Executive Committee|
|Official Race Website||https://gassan-m.com/|