The Norikura Yama Run Team & Solo Race is a mountain endurance race that sees how many laps around a 4 KM course each team of 2 to 6 people or brave individuals running solo can complete within 4 or 8 hours.
Held during the Norikura Outdoor Festival at the base of Mount Norikura, it's a cant-miss opportunity to get a solid day of training and racing before kicking back to enjoy the Banff Mountain Film Festival, under the stars! Everyone who runs receives one ticket to the film festival, plus one drink as an extra reward.
・Choose between a 4-hour relay or 8-hour relay for one solo runner and up to six people on a team! 4KM course makes it easy for everyone to knock out laps quickly (one runner on the course at a time).
・Road and track relays are here, there, and everywhere but the Yama Run’s 4KM course takes place on trails in the heart of Nagano!
・1300 start on Saturday for the 4-hour race gives folks enough time to reach Norikura on Saturday morning.
・Saturday race means you have all of Sunday to enjoy the abundance of Norikura’s outdoor activities without rushing to go home.
・The BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour! It’s a unique experience to kick-back and watch awe-inspiring documentaries about real people doing amazing things. Learn more about the BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour here.
Team registration requires the following information for all team members: full name, gender, DOB, emergency contact name, phone number, and t-shirt size.
July 8, 2019 - August 16, 2019
・From Tokyo, about 4 hours (262 KM/163 miles)
・From Nagoya, about 3 hours 30 minutes (217 KM/135 miles)
・From Yokota AB, about 3 hours 30 minutes (228 KM/142 miles)
・From Yokosuka, about 4 hours 20 minutes (290 KM/180 miles)
By Train to Matsumoto
・From Tokyo Station, the fastest and easiest way is to take the Hokuriko Shinkansen to Nagano Station (about 1 hour 30 minutes), then take the JR Shinano Line to Matsumoto Station (about 50 min).
・From Nagoya Station, the fastest and easiest way is to take the JR Shinano Line to Matsumoto Station (about 2 hours).
・From Fussa Station (Yokota AB), go to Hachioji Station (about 20 minutes). From Hachioji Station, take Chuo Line-Limited Express to Matsumoto Station (about 2 hours).
・From Yokosuka Chuo Station, go to to Yokohama Station (about 30 minutes). From Yokohama Station, take the Yokohama line to Hachioji Station (about 1 hour). From Hachioji Station, take the Chuo Line-Limited Express to Matsumoto Station (about 2 hours).
・From Shinjuku Bus Terminal, take the bus to Matsumoto Bus Terminal (about 3.5 hours – across the road from Matsumoto station)
From Matsumoto Station or Bus Terminal to Norikura Base
・Take the Alpico bus to Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center (about 90 min – ¥1,750 one-way / ¥3,300 round trip). Then, walk about 30 minutes (2.4KM) to Norikura Base; alternatively, take a taxi.
・Timetable between Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center and Matsumoto station is available here (English).
・To Norikura Kogen Tourist Information Center: 0715 / 1010 / 1209 / 1328 / 1446 / 1645
・To Matsumoto Bus Terminal: 0725 / 1041 / 1216 / 1416 / 1621 / 1823
|Registration Period||July 8, 2019 - August 16, 2019|
|Eligibility ＆ Time Limit||Age Eligibility
Solo: Must be 18 years old and older
Team: Must be 16 or older
・Under 18 requires parental consent
・One or more team members must be 18 or older, if at least one team member is 16 or younger
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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 rules and hold themselves accountable to the surrounding natural environment, the course, and others.
・Demonstrate good manners, be respectful of the natural course environment, and be mindful of other climbers and hikers on the course.
・All participants must agree to the participation conditions and sign the participant’s pledge.
Solo ¥8,000 (¥9,000 incl. Samurai Sports service charge)
Team of 2 ¥12,000 (¥13,200)
Team of 3 ¥16,500 (¥18,150)
Team of 4 ¥18,000 (¥19,800)
Team of 5 ¥20,000 (¥22,000)
Team of 6 ¥21,000 (¥23,100)
Solo ¥12,000 (¥13,200)
Team of 2 ¥16,000 (¥17,600)
Team of 3 ¥21,000 (¥23,100)
Team of 4 ¥24,000 (¥26,400)
Team of 5 ¥27,000 (¥29,700)
Team of 6 ¥30,000 (¥33,000)
・Races organized by Fields include the following charges in this order: (a) entry/registration fee + (b) a flat rate ¥1,000 English support fee (by request from Fields) + (c) Samurai Sports’ service charge (¥1,000 up to ¥10,000; 10% of entry/registration fee above ¥10,001).
・The amounts reflected above and in Samurai Sports’ information are inclusive of all three parts, namely (a), (b), and (c). This is the final sum you should expect your credit card to be charged for one (1) entry/registration without additional add-ons.
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|Samurai assist||・Participants will collect race packets at the race site.
・Participants registered through Samurai Sports will receive a downloadable athlete guide in English via email 7-14 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 are eligible to ask questions about the race and relevant topics in English to Samurai Sports. We will do our best to provide answers and solutions promptly.
|Start Time||September 7, 2019 (Saturday)
0900 8-hour solo, 8-hour team
1300 4-hour solo, 4-hour team
|Event Schedule||September 7, 2019 (Sat)
* tentative; subject to change without notification
0830-0850...Opening ceremony, race briefing
0900...8-hour race starts
1300...4-hour race starts
1700...All races finish
2000...BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour starts
|Samurai's Recommended Schedule||After the Yama Run, stick around on Sunday for a day of outdoor and indoor activities at the Norikura Outdoor Festival, including:
・Norikura Base - an adventure park featuring high ropes courses and ziplines
・SUP (Stand Up Paddling)
・Norikura sunrise bus tour
・"Shower climbing" (climbing waterfalls)
・Area tours, including the summit of Norikura and visits to neighboring Kami-Kochi and Hida Takayama
For more information, visit the Japan Alps Tourism Federation (click here) and the Norikura Kogen Tourism Board (click here). For inquiries on reservations, email Samurai Sports (firstname.lastname@example.org).
|Start Line||Norikura Base
|Finish Line||Same as start|
|Awards||・Specific award categories TBA
・Awards ceremony will be held at 1900 on Saturday, September 7
|Participants Prize||Race T-Shirt (tentative), Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour ticket, Race Souvenir (TBA), 1 Drink|
・ 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.
・ Those participating and coming from abroad must be enrolled in medical and/or travel insurance in case of accident, injury, and medical emergencies.
・ Before signing up, please carefully read all rules and regulations of the event. If the rules and regulations cannot be followed, participation may be denied by the event organizers. If anything is unclear, please do not hesitate to contact us - it is your responsibility to be prepared.
・In most cases, athlete guides in English will be sent via email approximately 7 to 21 days 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.
・Do not leave the course or enter any off-course areas. When you pass another participant, hiker or local resident, be sure to stay on the course.
・No littering. Keep an eye out for your personal belongings! Please pick up any trash that you find on the site.
・Collecting or damaging plants or wildlife on the course and in the surrounding areas is strictly prohibited.
・If you decide that you are unable to continue due to injury or illness, please contact the nearest race staff member or race headquarters. In case the race officials find the race too difficult to continue, the race may be suspended or called off.
・The entire course is in a natural environment and the conditions are constantly changing. Pay attention to the circumstances around you as you run and do not force yourself into any difficult situations.
・Weather conditions on the course are likely to change suddenly, and participants can expect to face rain, strong winds or similar conditions that can cause hypothermia. Please make adequate preparations for such conditions in advance.
・Medical staff will be on-hand at race headquarters to deal with first aid for injuries and illness.
GROUNDS FOR CANCELLATION OF EVENT
・The race may be canceled for various reasons, including when a weather warning is issued, the course is in poor condition due to extreme weather, or participants’ safety cannot be guaranteed.
・Depending upon weather conditions, the race may also be delayed, rescheduled or the course may be changed to assure participants' safety.
・No refunds or credits will be issued. This applies to incidents in which the event is cancelled for any reason including personal participant circumstances (such as illness) and incidents in which the event is cancelled due to unforeseen weather conditions or natural disasters.
|Parking||Free; up to 300 vehicles|
|Parking Address||Norikura Base
3994-21 Bandokoro, Azumi, Matsumoto, Nagano 390-1520
|Where to Stay||To be announced|
|Organizer||Norikura Outdoor Festival organizing committee, in coordination with Fields and the Norikura Tourism Board|
|Official Race Website||https://yama-run.com/norikura/|