Kakogawa Socks 5

TBA

May 2020

Kakogawa, Hyogo

Athlete Entitlements

Samurai Sports Advantage

  • Easy registration

    Register in English without creating an account

  • Translated English athlete guide

    The information you need to prepare for and complete your race safely

  • English email support

    Ask questions - and get answers!

  • Post race follow-up

    Receive links to results, photos

Race Standard

  • Event insurance

  • 5 pairs of "Kutsushita-kun" socks

  • Timed race results

    View results online

about the race

By far one of the most bizarre races you’ll ever participate in, the Kakogawa Socks 5 or the KS5 is bound to make for a memorable weekend activity. Gather up your friends, family, or colleagues to make a 5-person team and hustle together for 30 meters – twice (more if you make the finals!).

Even better, KS5 takes place at a well-known temple and national treasure in the heart of Kakogawa City. Qualifiers will be held in an open area at Kakurjin-ji Park while the Totasan Kakurin-ji Temple will host the final battle for the championship.

For some, the KS5 and the words “centipede race” may conjure memories of possibly the worst movie known to mankind…but this is different, we promise! The Kakogawa Socks 5 Centipede Race is part crafts project and part athletic pursuit. From handcrafting the team band out of discarded sock fabric to aligning your footsteps just right to move forward, it’s a team activity that everyone can enjoy.

About Kakogawa Socks
Founded during the manufacturing boom in the Meiji era, Kakogawa Socks are carefully crafted in Hyogo Prefecture’s Kakogawa City. As a local business, Kakogawa Socks pride themselves on maintaining quality whilst demonstrating the highest handling volume of socks in the country. This year, Kakogawa Socks are excited to collaborate with the Hyogo Prefecture Socks Industrial Association, local business, regional attractions, and sports event organizers for the first edition of the Kakogawa Socks 5 Centipede Race.

To register, you will need the following information for all five team members: full name, gender, DOB, emergency contact name and phone number.

サムライスポーツは日本国籍以外を対象とした外国人向け専用受付サイトです。日本国籍の方は日本語サイトからお申込みください。日本国籍以外の方がエントリーした場合、無効となる場合があります 。無効となった場合には、返金手数料を差し引き、参加費をご返金させていただきます。

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Registration Period

TBA

(December 10, 2018 - May 5, 2019)

2019 Race Details

2020 schedule TBA

May 18, 2019 (Sat)
at Kakurinji Park
8:30-9:30…Check-in
8:30…Practice area opens
10:00…Qualifiers start
11:30…Qualifiers finish
Ranking and announcements
12:30…Finals start
14:00…Finals finish, event ends

Team of 5
¥11,000 (incl. Samurai Sports service charge)

Additional Surcharges
・If total cost is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥1,000.
・If total cost is more than ¥10,001, you will incur a service charge amounting to 10% of total cost.
Why does Samurai Sports implement a service charge? 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.

Age Eligibility
・Must be 18 or older
・High school students are not eligible to participate
・Persons using wheelchairs and those dependent on mobility assistance devices are not eligible to participate
・Only teams of five may register (no gender ratio)
・Individuals, pairs, trios, etc. will not be placed together by the event organizers

Cut Off Times

N/A

Important
・Demonstrate good manners. All participants must be respectful of the natural course environment and do his/her best to preserve it. Be mindful of other participants on course.
・Be a responsible athlete. Please make sure you have the physical ability to complete the course.

View course map
・Qualifiers will take place in an open area at Kakurin-ji
・Finals will take place directly in front of the Kakurin-ji main temple

Elevation profile
N/A
・Both the qualifiers and finals will take place on a flat area

Kakurin-ji (start/finish)
424 Kakogawacho, Kakogawa, Hyogo 675-0031
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Please ensure you have lodging and transportation plans figured out BEFORE registering for this event.

  By Train & Bus
・Take the Tokaido Sanyo line from Osaka station to Kakogawa station (about 60 min.) Then, walk about 25 min. to the event site. Alternatively, board the bus towards Oosaki and alight at Awazu bus stop (about 3 min), then walk about 16 min. (1.3KM or a little less than a mile).
・Take the Sanyo Electric Railway (San-you Dentetsu) to Onoenomatsu station. Then, walk about 15 min. to the event site.
・Take the Kako Bus and alight at Kakogawa Kakurin-jin bus stop. Then, walk about 13 min. to the event site.

Parking
None; Please use public transportation

・Top 3 teams
2019 Results…click here

RACE RULES
Select or Craft Your Team Band
・Each team may either select a pre-made team band or create a team band. Generally speaking, each team is entitled up to two pre-made team bands.
・The team band links one member of the team to another in a single-file line
・The team band must be made out of discarded Kakogawa Socks fabric and is essentially several pieces of fabric tied together
・Not all sock fabric discards are equal! They vary in strength, color, stretchiness, and length – part of the art of creating a team band is choosing discards wisely!
・Practicing with your team band is important – make use of the practice time to coordinate strategies and tactics with your team
Qualifiers
・Each team will race the 30-meter time trial course twice; the better time will be used to determine qualification for finals
・Each time your team band snaps (or otherwise breaks apart), 3 seconds will be added to your time
・Timing mats used will record up to 1/2000 of a second
Finals
・The event organizers may enforce categories, such as all-male, all-female, mixed, senior, corporate
・Four teams will qualify for each category; two teams will play each other on a single-elimination (knock-out, sudden death) basis
・If both team band snaps (or otherwise breaks apart), the team with the fewer number of snaps/breaks wins.
・If both team band snaps (or otherwise breaks apart) the same amount of times, the team with the faster time wins.
・There will be no race to determine 3rd
・During the finals, the lead for both teams must wear the provided helmet, elbow pads, and knee pads.

・ Please ensure you have lodging and transportation plans figured out BEFORE registering for this event.

General
・ No refunds, deferrals, 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.
・Depending on the event, transfers and certain modifications to your entry may be permitted. Generally, entries may be transferable and/or permit modifications until 3-5 days before the last day of registration. After this period, all transfers are considered illegal and modifications will not be accommodated.
・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.

Participants determined to be violating the policies below may be disqualified without a refund:
・Any person found to be bib-swapping (illegal transfer of bib); the person will be held responsible in case of an accident arising from or provoked by the other person during the event.
・Any person found to be registering with inaccurate information, i.e. false declarations of the participants name, age, or gender.

Insurance
・ 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.

Privacy
・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.

Athlete Guides
・In most cases, athlete guides in English will be sent via email approximately 7-21 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.

Additional Surcharges
・If total cost is ¥10,000 or less, you will incur a flat fee service charge of ¥1,000.
・If total cost is more than ¥10,001, 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.

Kakogawa Socks 5 Executive Committee

English​
info@samuraisports.co.jp

Japanese
079-420-6663
info@e-marathon.jp

Official Website (Japanese)
https://ks-5.com/