Akagi Forest Trail Race

Athlete Entitlements

Samurai Sports Advantage

  • Easy registration

    Register in English without creating an account

  • Translated English athlete guide

    The information you need to complete your race safely

  • English email support

    Ask questions - and get answers!

  • Post race follow-up

    Receive links to results, photos

Race Standard

  • Age Group awards

  • Event insurance

  • Race t-shirt

  • Fresh local produce

  • Race Buff (face covering/mask)

  • Wave starts (groups of 50)

  • Finisher certificate

  • Free race photos

  • Timed race results

    View official results online

About the Race

KFC Triathlon Club invites you to join the 6th Annual Akagi Forest Trail Race and take refuge from the heat in the heart of the mountains! Starting at the Akagi Rinkan Community Center located in the middle of Mount Akagi (about 800 meters above sea level), you’ll climb to approximately 1,000 meters above sea level before reaching the summit of Mount Ōmine.

More cross country running than hardcore trail running, runners will enjoy spectacular views of the vast Akagi forest throughout the course. Runners can opt to complete one loop on the course to clock in roughly 13KM, or to run the same course in reverse for a total of about 26KM.

Out here, the summer heat is less brutal – enjoy the refreshing and cool breezes as you race your way to finish the Akagi Forest Trail Race!

Difficulty: 13KM (2 stars/ intermediate), 26KM (4 stars/ advanced)
Read a race report from the 2018 Akagi Forest Trail Race (here)

IMPORTANT
Please ensure you have lodging and transportation plans figured out BEFORE registering for this race.

サムライスポーツでの参加申込は外国人参加者を対象としたものです。 日本人の方がエントリーされた場合は無効となり、参加費については、返金事務手数料を差し引いた上でご返金となります。ご了承ください

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REGISTRATION PERIOD

June 10 to July 13, 2021

Steps Taken by the Race Organizer
・All race packets will be mailed via Japan Post by the race organizers approximately 1 to 2 weeks before race day. Athletes should bring the race packet and its contents to the race. APO/FPO/DPO registered addresses may collect their race packet on race day.
Entry will be limited to 400 athletes.
Staff and volunteers will wear face shields and masks
Hand sanitizer and soap will be provided throughout the race venue. 
Thermal cameras will screen all athletes upon entry to the race venue
・All athletes will be provided with a buff (face covering) upon entering the race venue. Athletes must remain covered at all times at the race venue (including the start/finish area) and the first 300 meters of the course.
Aid station will only stock bottled drinks (300mL or 500mL). Self-service; one per athlete. Do not litter – dispose of all litter in the appropriate containers or in trash zones. 
・Athletes will start in waves of 50 every few minutes; only net time will be used.
・No opening or closing ceremony.
・No awards presentation. Results will be posted online. Awards will be mailed to winners.
・Blank finisher certificates will be available at the finish; athletes may take one home and fill in the blanks on their own. 

Athletes must agree and abide to the following measures to prevent infection and the spread of COVID-19. 
・All athletes must wear a mask or face covering at the start/finish area and when walking to and from the race venue.
・All athletes will receive a buff upon entering the race venue. Athletes must wear the given buff or a similar face covering for the first 300 meters of the race; a face covering is otherwise not required on the race course.

IMPORTANT
・No deferrals, credits, or refunds will be issued once registration has closed.
This applies to incidents in which the race organizers are forced to cancel, postpone, or otherwise delay the event for the safety of athletes, staff, and volunteers. Such incidents include, but are not limited to severe weather, official emergency declarations, natural disasters (including earthquake), pandemic, biochemical or nuclear fallout, and personal circumstances of the participant (including illness, pregnancy, injury or similar catastrophe).
・Athletes are permitted to transfer their entry to another athlete up until 5 days before registration closes. The procedures can be found on the registration link. 
・Athletes may request a refund in writing via email, up until the last day of registration. Refunds will be processed online minus ¥2,000 transaction fees and administrative fees. 

August 22, 2021 (Sun)
at Akagi Rinkan Gakuen
9:30 to 10:00AM…Race starts (small groups; wave starts) (13KM, 26KM)
3:00PM…Cut off time; race ends

26KM
¥8,000 (¥9,000 incl. Samurai Sports service charge) 

13KM
¥7,000 (¥8,000 incl. Samurai Sports service charge)

Why are there two prices? 
・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.
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. Keep in mind that most registration platforms add on a surcharge of about 5% of your entry fee. You may as well pay the amount of money you spend for a coffee at Starbucks to enter in English and receive a translated athlete guide 🙂

Eligibility
・Must be 18 or older

Time Limit
・5 hours

Thinking of registering? 
・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.

Race Day Requirements
・Gloves
・Mask or face covering
・At least 1 liter of water
・Proof of health insurance

Recommended
・Trail running shoes

13KM, 26KMView course map

26.4KM: +884m or +2,900 ft
13.2KM: +442m or +1,450 ft

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.

Akagi Rinkan Gakuen (start/finish)
7135 Itoi, Showa, Tone, Gunma 379-1203
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Numata station (closest station)
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 By Car 
Recommended for solo runners and small groups  (2-4)
From Tokyo, about 2 hours (about 160KM/ 99 miles)
From Yokota AB, about 2 hours (about 128 KM / 80 miles)
From Yokosuka, about 3 hours (about 221KM / 137 miles)

For car navis, use the following address and phone number:
横浜市少年自然の家赤城林間学園 (Akagi Rinkan Gakuen)
7135 Itoi, Showa, Tone, Gunma 379-1203
0278-24-7001

 By Train and Bus
From Tokyo, about 2 hours.
・Take the Joetsu Shinkansen to Takasaki station.  Then take the JR Joetsu Line to Numata station.  From Numata station take a taxi towards Akagi Rinkan Gakuen (about ¥4,000). 
・Alternatively, from Numata station, take a short bus ride towards Shirosawa (白沢) and alight at Kami no Cho. Then, board a bus towards Showa-mura Akatani・Sakura Kankyou-sen (昭和村赤谷・桜循環線), and alight at Akagi Rinkan Gakuen (赤城林間学園), or about 20 bus stops.

Parking
Free; 300 available spots. Please indicate if you need parking upon registration.

26KM, 13KM
・Top 1-6 overall men/women
・Top 3 age group men/women

Age Groups
18-39, 40-49, 50+

2021 Results
26KM winning time: 1:48:46
・13KM winning time: 00:54:46
View 2021 results

・Free bag check will be available at the start (also the finish).
・Please ensure you have lodging and transportation plans figured out BEFORE registering for this race.|

General
・No deferrals, credits, or refunds will be issued once registration has closed. This applies to incidents in which the race organizers are forced to cancel, postpone, or otherwise delay the event for the safety of athletes, staff, and volunteers. Such incidents include, but are not limited to severe weather, official emergency declarations, natural disasters (including earthquake), pandemic, biochemical or nuclear fallout, and personal circumstances of the participant (including illness, pregnancy, injury or similar catastrophe).
・Athletes are permitted to transfer their entry to another athlete up until 5 days before registration closes. The procedures can be found on the registration link. 
・Athletes may request a refund in writing via email, up until the last day of registration. Refunds will be processed online minus ¥2,000 transaction fees and administrative fees. 

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.

・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.

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.

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 ¥10,001 or more, 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.

KFC Triathlon Club
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English​
info@samuraisports.co.jp

Japanese
0428-31-4911
info@kfctriathlon.com

Official Website (Japanese)
http://www.kfctriathlon.com/html/event_trail.html#akagi_trail

Accommodation
Add-on accommodation option can be selected during registration. Please note that the accommodation is Japanese-style and very simple – you must bring your own towel and sleep in large gender-separated rooms on futons. Accommodation is at the race site and includes meals (dinner, breakfast). Limited to 150; first come, first served.