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9th Annual inov-8 CUP Utsukushigahara Trail Race

Utsukushigahara Trail Race

  • Date and Start TimeJune 29, 2019
    90KM: 3:00AM
    80KM: 4:00AM
    45KM: 8:00AM
    15KM: 9:00AM
  • CategoryTrail Run 15KM, 45KM, 80KM, 90KM
  • Start LocationBlanche-Takayama Ski Resort
    3652 Takayama Daimon, Nagawa-machi, Chiisagata-gun 386-0601, Nagano
  • IncludedEnglish Registration, English Athlete Guide, English Email/Phone Support, Event Insurance, and Post-Race Follow-up (results, photos)

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About the Event

In Japanese, Utsukushigahara means "beautiful field" - and trust us, no matter which course you find yourself, the views of Nagano will be spectacularly scenic. 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 from 90KM*, 80KM, 45KM, and 15KM, 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 80KM course and go toe-to-toe with Japan's top athletes. Looking for something less daunting? The 15KM course is perfect!

45KM Course
Phase 1: Blanche Takayama Ski Resort (Start) - Omine Peak - Echo Valley Ski area
From the start, you will head to Omine Peak at an elevation of about 400m. Try not to over-exert your legs – even at a walking pace, it will take about 40 minutes to reach the peak. Once you get to the top, you’ll head down the "Villa Site Road" toward the Echo Valley Ski area. At around the 9KM mark there will be a water station.

Phase 2: Himeki-daira - Nagato Ranch (Aid Station 4)
From the water station in Himeki-daira, you’ll run along rural forest roads and a small water channel. At the 24KM mark, you’ll close in on Nagato Ranch. Aid Station 4 is located in front of the terrace house on the way to the ranch.

Phase 3: Nagato Ranch - Daimon Pass (Aid Station 5)
After Nagato Ranch, you’re ready for the second half of the course! On the way to Daimon Pass, enjoy a beautiful view of Mt. Asama and Mt. Tateshina. There will be a small gradual incline towards the 29KM mark, then a nice downhill ride to Daimon Pass (AS5) at the 32 KM mark.

Phase 4: Daimon Pass - Blanche Takayama Ski Resort (Finish)
From Daimon Pass (AS5), it’s a tough climb to the +1,800m ridge line at the 39KM mark. From the ridge, you might be lucky enough to see Mt. Fuji, the Northern Alps, Mt. Ontake, and the Yatsugatake Mountains. The best part of the course starts here at the peak (1,838m) and towards the tail-end of the course at the 40KM mark. After that, it’s a manageable descent back to the finish!

IMPORTANT
As of May 26, 2019, the 80KM course has reached full capacity and is no longer open for registration.
・To be eligible for the 90KM, you must have completed the Utsukushigahara Trail Run 80KM in 2015, 2016, 2017, or 2018. If you register for the 90KM and are found to be ineligible, you will not receive a refund. Questions about this rule should be directed to Samurai Sports (info@samuraisports.co.jp).
・90KM and 80KM runners MUST check-in on Friday, June 28 - no exceptions.
・The area is remote and both public transportation and lodging options are limited. Please ensure you have lodging AND transportation plans figured out BEFORE registering for this event.

For Reference
90KM = about 56 miles
80KM = about 50 miles
45KM = about 28 miles
15KM = about 9 miles

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April 6, 2019 - May 31, 2019

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