Out in the wild west, the Mt. Mitake Trail Run shows you the more nuanced, natural shades of Tokyo that you just can’t get downtown. Just an hour from the concrete jungle, the trails of west Tokyo await you!
The KFC Triathlon Club brings the 20th edition of the Mt. Mitake Trail Run for a brisk 12KM run in west Tokyo. Run, quick, see before the trails become impassable during the winter!
The course starts at the base of Mt. Mitake at Takimoto station, where one can board cable cars up to Mt. Otsuka and enjoy the views of west Tokyo’s vast woods. Runners will start with a steep climb on pavement before hitting the trail. Throughout the course, you'll encounter a technical - almost scary - descent but also run through the quaint local neighborhoods bearing Buddhist influence. Runners will climb Mt. Nabewari, traverse Okunoin, and a cross a canyon with plenty of rocks and stepping stones before finally reaching the short climb up stairs (fast feet!) and crossing the finish line at Musashi Mitake Shrine.
In recent years, the course has been clocked as closer to 12KM (rather than the race organizer advertised 15KM). Overall, the course is a gradual but steady ascent with several steeper climbs mixed in – cumulative elevation gain is just shy of 1,000 meters (about 3,200 feet). You’ll encounter a broad range of terrains from concrete steps and snow-dusted rocky crags to woody trails and short asphalt sprints. Some segments are narrow and present potential for bottlenecks. Faster runners will want to start at the top of the pack to avoid congestion. After the race, runners will pick up their bags at a designated onsen - have a soak and freshen up free of charge! To go home you'll simply need to show your bib for a free cable car ride back down to Takimoto station where you started!
Difficulty: 2 stars (intermediate)
August 1, 2019 - October 15, 2019
*or until maximum capacity
EXTENDED to October 27, 2019
|Directions|| By Car
Take the Chuo Express to the Hachioji IC. Then take National Road 411 for about an hour
Take Kenoudou Expressway to Ōme IC. Then take National Road 411 for about 40 minutes
By Train and Bus
From Tokyo station
Take the JR Chuo Line to Ome station (about 90 min depending on service). At Ome station, transfer to the local JR Ome Line bound for Oku Tama to Mitake station (about 20 min). Alight at Mitake station and take 御10 towards "ケーブル下" ("cable bottom") to the Cable Car station (about 10 min), then walk about 100 meters to Takimoto station. Extra buses will be made available on the morning of the race.
You may also alight at Ome station and take 御11 towards "ケーブル下" ("cable bottom") to the Cable Car station (about 30 min), then walk about 100 meters to Takimoto station.
|Registration Period||August 1, 2019 - October 15, 2019
*or until maximum capacity
EXTENDED to October 27, 2019
|Eligibility ＆ Time Limit||Age Eligibility
18 years and older (high school students not permitted)
* Parent/guardian permission required if under 20 years old
Cut Off Time
10KM Checkpoint: 90 minutes (1100)
Race Cut Off: 2.5 hours (1200)
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・Participants should be in good health with the ability, fitness and energy to complete the entire race without getting lost.
・Participants should have a strong understanding of trail running etiquette and hold themselves accountable to the surrounding natural environment, the trail course, and others on the course, including hikers.
・Demonstrate good manners, be respectful of the natural course environment, and be mindful of other climbers and hikers on the trail.
|Entry Fee||12KM: ¥5,000
・If total cost is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥1,000.
・If total cost is ¥10,001 or more, you will incur a service charge amounting to 10% of total cost.
・Stress less with Samurai Sports. Learn why Samurai Sports implements a service charge.
|Samurai assist||・Participants registered through Samurai Sports will receive a downloadable athlete guide in English via email 7-21 days before the race. All necessary information and good-to-know details will be included in the athlete guide. Click to learn more.
・Participants registered through Samurai Sports using international addresses, i.e. not based in Japan (including FPO/APO) may collect their race packets at the race site on August 19.
・Participants registered through Samurai Sports using domestic addresses in Japan will receive their race packets via postal mail to the address listed at registration.
|Event Schedule||0845 Opening ceremony, bag check closes
0930 Race starts
1100 10KM cut off time
1200 Race cut off time
1330 Awards at Toriimae Square
|Start Line||Mt. Mitake Takimoto Station
|Finish Line||Musashi Mitake Shrine
Runners must show their bib at the cable car entrance in order to get a free ride back down to Takimoto station.
|Course Map||View map (distance shown is approximately 12KM)
Please note that the course map and advertised distance may not align perfectly. According to the race organizers, this is due to the fact that the area does not always ping well using GPS or GLONASS. Additionally, the course map calculates distance between several geographical coordinates that do not account for irregularities in the surface of the route nor changes in elevation relative to the idealized surface.
Should you find a discrepancy between the advertised distance and the map, you may reasonably expect to run a maximum of the distance advertised but may also find that the distance actually covered more closely resembles that of the course map provided.
|Course Elevation||View elevation chart (bottom half)
Please note that numbers indicated for elevation are an estimate.
|Awards||Top 6 Overall Male/Female (per category)
Top 3 Age Groups (per category)
* award categories are tentative
|Participants Prize||Free race photos, other entitlements TBA|
|Last Year's Finishers||1,000
・ 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.
・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 to the start.
・Those who go over the checkpoint time may not be allowed to continue the race and must follow the race staff's instructions on the safest way to the finish line or start area.
・ Wear your bib in a manner visible to others.
・ You must always follow directions from race staff at all times during the race. Do not ignore them.
・Read and acknowledge race rules and disqualifications before the race.
"Mandatory" Gear and Equipment
- Water (at least 500ml)
- Proof of health insurance (photocopy is acceptable)
- Cellphone with data and call connectivity in Japan
|Parking||First come, first served.
Takimoto Station parking lot capacity: 154
|Parking Address||Takimoto Station parking lot
2-483 Mitake, Ome-shi, Tokyo 198-0174
|Where to Stay||
|Organizer||KFC Triathlon Club / Ome City Triathlon Association|
|Official Race Website||http://www.kfctriathlon.com/html/event_trail.html#2009_mitake_trail|