Mt. Taisetsu Trail Journey
Samurai Sports Advantage
Race lightning fast from the highest point of the Mt. Taisetsu Trail Journey course at 1,771m (5,810ft) on the northern side of the Taisetsuzan mountain range! At around 1,560m (5,118ft), you’ll come across Tenguudake to be greeted by a 360-degree panorama view of Hokkaido’s rolling hills in infinite shades of green. Both the 40KM and 70KM courses stretch across the Daisetsuzan National Park and offer serene scenes of Mt. Kurodake, Mt. Asahidake, and the vast farmlands of Hokkaido.
Starting 2019, the race name has changed from the Mt. Taisetsu Ultra Trail to the Mt. Taisetsu Trail Journey. In addition, the longest distance will be 70KM. Different from years prior, the Mt. Taisetsu Trail Journey now offers a 70KM course, the return of the 40KM course, and junior trail challenges at 5KM and 10KM. In the future, there will be a 100KM ultra trail every four years; the next one is scheduled in 2022 to celebrate the tenth edition of the Mt. Taisetsu Trail Journey.
None of these courses will be easy; however, the satisfaction you will feel when you cross the finish will be unforgettable.
TBA (2019: until June 28, 2019)
2019 Race Information
2020 schedule TBA
July 27, 2019 (Sat)
at Engaru Wellness Center
1630-1800…Seminar and talk show with guest runner
1630-1800…40KM, 70KM race packet collection
July 28, 2019 (Sun)
at Shirataki Kogen Camping Grounds
0330-0430…70KM race packet collection
0430-0455…Opening ceremony, 70KM race briefing
0600-0730…40KM race packet collection
0730-0830…Junior 5KM & 10KM race packet collection
0730-0750…70KM race briefing
0900…Junior 5KM & 10KM Start
1100…Awards (Junior 5KM & 10KM)
1500…Awards (70KM & 40KM)
1800…70KM, 40KM cut off time
Why are there two prices?
・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.
・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. Learn more about Samurai Sports’ service charge.
・70KM & 40KM…must be 18 or older
・Junior 10KM…must be at least 10 years old (4th grade); up to 14 years old (middle school)
・Junior 5KM…must be at least 6 years old (1st grade); up to 14 years old (middle school)
Cut Off Times
・Junior 10KM…2 hours
・Junior 5KM…1 hour 30 minutes
・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 climbers and hikers on the trail.
・Be a responsible athlete. Please make sure you have the physical ability to complete the course.
2020 Course map/Elevation profile TBA
All distances (2019)…refer to this PDF
70KM Aid Stations (2019)…19.5KM, 39KM, 51KM, 59.5KM
40KM Aid Stations (2019)…8KM, 21KM, 29.5KM
70KM (2019): +1,796m or +5,676ft
40KM (2019): +1,796m or +1,739ft
Click for 2019 elevation profile (70KM & 40KM)
From Asahikawa Airport, about 2 hours 45 minutes
From Sapporo, about 4 hours
From Asahikawa Airport, about 90 minutes
From Sapporo, about 2 hours 30 minutes
Free; up to 200 vehicles
The parking lot has no specific address; please refer to “Start and Finish Line” for map guidance.
Engaru Wellness Center (race packet pick-up)
2-2-15, Iwamidori Minami, Engaru, Monbetsu, Hokkaido 099-0415
Top 1-6 overall men/women
Top 3 age group me/women
Top 1-6 overall men/women
Top 3 age group men/women
Top 3 6th-8th grade boys/girls
Top 3 4th-6th grade boys/girls
Top 3 1st-3rd grade boys/girls
Top 3 6th-8th grade boys/girls
Top 3 4th-6th grade boys/girls
18-39, 40-49, 50+
70KM: 110 (42% completion rate)
40KM: 164 (76% completion rate)
10KM: 12 (100% completion rate)
5KM: 4 (100% completion rate)
Total: 493 participants (552 registrants)
10KM & 5KM
・ 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.
・The race organizers have purchased accident insurance to cover participants’ accidents and injuries. The compensation is as follows: in case of death or lasting disability: ¥3,000,000. Hospitalization (per day): ¥3,000. Outpatient treatment (per day): ¥2,000
・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.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
・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 as a means of preserving the natural habitat and also preventing unfortunate incidents.
・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.
・Poles are permitted, but please attach rubber caps to the points. If we determine that the course is in poor condition, we may prohibit use of poles and similar equipment to prevent further deterioration. Be aware of those around you when using poles.
・You must walk sections marked as “Walking only” – this may be only
・Please use the toilets at each aid station, or use a portable toilet.
Consideration for Hikers, Local Residents, and Other Race Participants
・You are likely to encounter hikers and local residents on the course. When passing them in either direction, be sure to call out in advance and to exchange greetings to maintain good relations with the local community.
・Remember that the race is made possible thanks to the support of local residents and volunteers. Please show appropriate gratitude to them.
・If you decide that you are unable to continue due to injury or illness, please contact the nearest race staff member or race headquarters. The emergency telephone numbers are printed on your bib. 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. Rescue vehicles are also on standby at each aid station to transport injured participants and those who drop out.
Dropping Out / DNF
・If you drop out during the race for any reason, be sure to tell course marshals or aid station staff member your name and bib number.
・If you are unable to do so at the time, please inform race headquarters as soon as possible and return your timing chip.
・If you arrive at a checkpoint past the cut off time, your race ends at this point. You MUST follow the instructions of the race staff and/or volunteers.
・Guide signs every 250 to 350 meters and guide tape (10cm-wide vinyl tape with a yellow “Fields” logo) are installed all along the course. Tape is attached to tree branches and in other visible locations at intersections and hazardous points on the course.
・If you lose sight of the guide tapes, return to the spot where you last saw it and follow the correct course. Course marshals will be at key locations such as intersections and road crossings, but following course markings is the responsibility of each participant.
Returning Your Timing Chip
・Your timing chip is attached to the rear side of your bib number. Please make sure to detach it and give it to race staff or put it in the chip return box after you finish the race.
・If you drop out during the race or decide not to start the race, please make sure to return your timing chip to race headquarters.
・There will be a ¥10,000 charge for lost or unreturned timing chips.
・Participants who fail to check in before the check-in time will not be allowed to join the race.
GROUNDS FOR DISQUALIFICATION
・Participants who show inadequate respect for the environment and area by dumping garbage, entering areas off the course or other actions.
・Participants who fail to comply with instructions from race officials or course marshals.
・Participants who falsely declare their age, gender, and identification on their applications.
・Participants who commit wrongdoing.
・Participants who miss the starting time.
・Participants who fail to clear checkpoint cutoff times or those who do not reach the finish line by the final time limit. (Cutoff times are the times when you leave each checkpoint)
・Participants who fail to bring mandatory equipment.
・Participants who do not wear their bib appropriately. Attach your bib to your front without bending or otherwise manipulating it.
・Participants who run with headphones or similar items that block external sound, excluding hearing aids.
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, deferrals, transfers, 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.
Official Website (Japanese)