Perennially ranked in the top 5 most popular trail races in the nation, the inov-8 Cup 9th Annual Utsukushigahara Trail Race is a bucket-list race for those up to the challenge!
With four distances ranging from 90KM to 14KM, it's a race all levels of runners can be a part of. Fancy yourself hardcore? Go on and bite the bullet with the technical 90KM course - includes 5,110m or about 16,700ft total ascent - and go toe-to-toe with Japan's top athletes. Looking for something less daunting? The 14KM course is perfect (but still includes almost 1,000m of climbing)!
In Japanese, Utsukushigahara means "beautiful field" - and trust us, no matter which course you find yourself, the views of Nagano will be spectacularly scenic.
Registration will start early April 2019
|Directions|| By Train
From Shinjuku Station, take the Chuo Line Limited Express to Chino Station (about 2 hours and 20 min). From Chino Station, take the bus to Shirakaba Lake (about 30 min). Then, take a taxi to Blanche-Takayama Ski Resort (about 20 min).
There will also be a shuttle bus between Chino Station and the Blanche-Takayama Ski Resort before and after the event.
6/29 Chino Station → Blanche-Takayama Ski Resort
1330, 1430, 1530, 1630
6/30 Blanche-Takayama Ski Resort → Chino Station
7/1 Blanche-Takayama Ski Resort → Chino Station
You may pay and register for the shuttle bus here (in Japanese) or here (in very questionable English) It is ¥2,416 one-way - you may pay for a one-way trip or a round-trip. Alternatively, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you register/pay for the shuttle bus via the Japanese website with a step-by-step guide.
●Chuo free way・Suwa Interchange
Suwa Interchange ～ 30min (R152) ～ Shirakaba Lake ～ 10min ～Blanche-Takayama Ski Resort
●Chuo free way・Suwa-minami Interchange
Suwa-minami Interchang e～ 30min (Yatsugatake Zoom Line・Yatsugatake Echo Line) ～ Shirakaba Lake ～ 10min ～ Blanche-Takayama Ski Resort
●Joushin'etsu Expressway・Saku Interchange
Saku Interchange ～ 30min (R142) ～ Kasatori Pass ～ 40min ～ Blanche-Takayama Ski Resort
|Registration Period||Registration will start early April 2019|
|Eligibility ＆ Time Limit||90km
- Must have completed the 80km run in 2015, 2016, or 2017.
- When registering, you must enter information about the qualifying Utsukushigahara Trail Run, including year, bib number, and time.
- Cut-off time: 16 hours and 30 min
- 18 years or older (High School students not permitted)
- Cut-off time: 16 hours
- High School students and older
* Parent/Guardian permission required if under 18 years old
- Cut-off time: 10 hours
- 5th grade and older
* Parent/Guardian permission required if under 18 years old
- Cut-off time: 4 hours
|Entry Fee||90km - ¥21,000+10%
80km - ¥18,000+10%
45km - ¥12,000+10%
14km - ¥6,000 (Elementary & Middle School - ¥5,000)
・By request from Fields (the race organizers), if the entry fee is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur service charges amounting to a total of ¥2,000 (incl. above).
・By request from Fields (the race organizers), if the entry fee is ¥10,001 or more, you will incur a service charge amounting to ¥1,000 (incl. above) + 10% of entry fee.
・Stress less with Samurai Sports. Learn why Samurai Sports implements a service charge.
|Start Time||90km - 3:30AM
80km - 4:00AM
45km - 8:00AM
14km - 9:00AM
|Event Schedule||June 29, 2018 at Takayama Gymnasium
1:00PM - 8:00PM 90km & 80km Check-in (mandatory; no exceptions)
2:30PM - 3:00PM Race Briefing #1
4:00PM - 4:30PM Opening Ceremony
4:30PM - 5:00PM Race Briefing #2
* The information given at Race Briefing #1 & #2 are the same
June 30, 2018 at Blanche-Takayama Ski Resort
3:30AM 90km Start
4:00AM 80km Start
6:00AM - 7:15AM 45km Registration
6:00AM - 8:15AM 14km Registration
7:30AM Opening Ceremony
8:00AM 45km Start
9:00AM 14km Start
1:00PM 14km Cut Off Time
2:00PM Awards Ceremony
6:00PM 45km Cut Off Time
8:00PM 90km & 80km Cut-Off Time + Fireworks
|Samurai's Recommended Schedule||Recommended
Whether you are solo or traveling in a small group, driving a personal vehicle or renting a car will allow the most flexibility for this race.
Find your way to Chino Station in Nagano. Take the shuttle bus from Chino Station to the race site (requires advance booking, please refer to "Directions"). If you are a small group (2-4), you may consider taking a taxi to the race site (approx. ¥4,000). After checking in, take a taxi to your accommodation (Tip: Check to see if your accommodation will pick you up and drop you off at the race site).
If you are not staying the night after the race, take all your belongings with you to the race site before your race. If you are going home or to your next destination after your race, board the shuttle bus or take a taxi back to Chino Station, then make your way to your next destination (Tip: Ensure you book the shuttle bus according to your expected finish time - if you miss the bus because you're still running, they won't let you catch the next bus!)
|Start Line||Blanche-Takayama Ski Resort|
|Finish Line||Blanche-Takayama Ski Resort|
|Course Map||Course Map|
|Course Elevation||90KM elevation profile
80KM elevation profile
45KM elevation profile
14KM elevation profile
Trophies for Top 6 Overall Male/Female
Certificates for Top 3 Age Group Male/Female
Top 3 Overall (General & Junior (Elementary & Middle School))
Certificates for Top 3 Age Group Male/Female
|Participants Prize||Finisher entitlements TBA|
|Early Bird||Not applicable|
|Last Year's Finishers||・80k：665 participants
* There was no 90K distance in previous years.
For race statistics, click here (in Japanese).
For 2017 80K individual race results, click here (in Japanese).
For 2017 45K individual race results, click here (in Japanese).
○ 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.
○ 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.
○ Details regarding packet pick-up and event information will be enclosed in your athlete guide sent 2-3 weeks before the event.
- This is a timed race and you will be ranked by the person with the fastest time.
- You will not be able to race if you are late.
- Those who go over the checkpoint time must withdraw from the race and follow the race staff's instructions.
- Wear your bib numbers visibly.
- If the race requires other equipment to carry, then you must bring it to the race.
- Put on rubber caps when using trekking poles.
- You must always follow directions from race staff at all times during the race.
- Read and acknowledge race rules and disqualifications before the race.
You must walk through Utsukushigahara Ranch past Chausuyama. There are paths that are especially narrow, so be cautious of the road.
You are not allowed to use trekking poles in walking areas.
You will be disqualified if you run.
Required Equipment & Attire
- Water (make sure to have more than 1L at the start line & aid stations)
- Cup ※1
- Food (for during the race)
- Rain gear (carry warm clothes; outer wear only is permitted) ※2
- Lights (with new batteries) ※3
- Bear bells (there will be bears passing)
- Working cellphone (must be registered with event organizers)
- Proof of health insurance (a photocopy is ok)
To reduce waste and save resources, there will be no paper cups at the aid stations.
※2 Rain Gear (90K, 80K, 45K)
Rain gears must be made of Gore‐Tex or of similar waterproof material and moisture permeable function. (preferably water pressure resistance 20,000mm, moisture permeability 10,000g／㎡24hrs). Windbreaker jackets, plastic covers, trashbags, and etc. are not allowed. Even if it does not rain, you will need it to keep warm because you will be passing altitudes of over 2,000m. You will also need to keep warm and prevent hypothermia when you get tired or wet. We only require rain gear for your top half, but we also highly recommend for your bottom half.
To prevent accidents, we may perform random checks for rain gears and all other items.
※3 Lights (90K, 80K)
You will need a headlight or handlight for climbing hills and running (with brand new batteries). Please note we will not accept conventional or emergency lights (such as cell phones).
For 90km and 80km runners, you will have to show your light when passing the A6 Daimontoge Pass checkpoint. You will be disqualified if you do not have the proper lights.
※4 Other recommended items
Course map, whistle, first aid kit, emergency blanket, hat, portable toilets, etc.
There may be random item checks at each checkpoint to ensure the safety of all participants.
Reasons for disqualification
- Littering, hiking on unmarked trails, and bad manners
- Violating race rules and not following race staff's instructions
- Running in place of someone who is not registered (bib bandits)
- Late runners
- Those who do not meet the checkpoint cut-off times or the overall cut-off time
- Those who do not bring the required equiments and attire
- Not wearing bib correctly (bib numbers must be visible at all times)
- Headphones are prohibited
- Running in walking zones
Please read carefully
1.) Regarding nature conservation
Stay on the course and do not pass unmarked trails. Always stay on the trail even when passing another racer or hiker. Do not litter and always keep your trash with you until the end. Be careful of dropping things; please try to pick up after other people. You are not allowed to pick up animals and plants from the course or the surrounding areas. There are no limitations to using trekking poles (except in the walking areas), but please ensure they have rubber caps on the bottom. Please note that trekking poles may become prohibited without notice depending on the course deterioration. Be cautious of other racers and hikers around you when using the trekking pole. Use bathrooms provided at each aid station. Wash your shoes thoroughly before using them at the race, especially the soles for dirt, grass, and sand so that you don't bring foreign plants and sediments to the trail.
2.) Respect other hikers
The trail may be used by locals, as well as other hikers and tourists. Share the trail and don't take actions that might make others feel inconvenienced or put them in danger. When passing someone, verbally let them know. If the trail is too narrow, then slow down and walk past them. Don't forget to thank the locals and volunteers who put together the race!
Call a race staff or the phone number on your race bib if you get hurt or sick. The race may be cancelled if the race director decides that the race is too difficult to continue. The race takes place in natureso the condition frequently changes. All participants should understand this and be cautious at all times. Weather conditions (such as wind, rain, snow, and gas) can change suddenly at high altitude and get cold. Be prepared beforehand. There will be doctors and nurses at the finish line if you get injured or sick. Also, there will be emergency vehicles at the aid stations for those who get hurt or need to withdraw from the race. The race provides accident insurance during the race.
4.) Withdrawing from the race
If you need to withdraw from the race for any reason, you can do so at the aid stations or by going to the race headquarters directly. Please return the timing chip once you withdraw. In case you get seriously injured or you cannot move, call the phone number on the back of your bib number immediately for help.
5.) Course instructions
There will be instructions on boards and the course will be taped off (a 10cm yellow tape with "Fields" logo) when the route is not obvious. If you get lost, back track and find the yellow tape instead of moving in the wrong direction. There will be a race staff at important positions. Always follow their guidance.
6.) Timing chip
You will need to return the timing chips that are placed on the back of your bib number after the race or when you withdraw from the race. You will be charged for lost or broken timing chips.
You will not be able to participate in the race if you do not make it to registration.
|Parking Address||Map (in Japanese)|
|Where to Stay||
|Organizer||Utsukushigahara Trail Run Executive Committee|
|Official Race Website||http://www.utsukushigahara-trail.jp/|