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Trainic-World Ogose・Tokigawa 50KM & 30KM


Trainic-World
OGOSE・TOKIGAWA
SAITAMA-PREFECTURE
50KM & 30KM
Sunday, July 8th 2018

This weekend ALTRA JAPAN went to the Trainic-World Ogose・Tokigwawa 50KM & 30KM race. This race is hosted by the Non-profit Organization COEDO OEDO Trainic-World.

This organization also has 4 other races ranging up to a 230KM race! Check out their website for more information.
http://trainic-world.org/

List of their other races (click for more info) :

SEPTEMBER SOTOCHICHIBU 50KM & 43KM

SEPTEMBER COEDO KAWAGOE 24-Hour Run, 12-Hour Run, 6-Hour Run & 2-Hour Run

MARCH COEDO OEDO 230KM, 200KM, 113KM, & 91KM

MAY SAINOKUNI 100 Mile & 100KM

ALTRA JAPAN set-up a try-on event with both the TIMP and SUPERIOR 3.5 available for try out.

Many people were able to try-on ALTRA shoes for the first time and gave many good reviews. The 50KM race started out on a warm humid morning at 7:30AM.

The course starts out on the road before heading into the beautiful trails in Saitama.

Below is a course profile of both the 50KM & 30KM.

As you can see, the first section has a large climb to almost 900M.Despite it being warm an humid, the runners seemed to be having heaps of fun on the trails!

This race is environmentally friendly and implements a “my cup” policy where  participants each bring their own cup to reduce the amount of waste from the race.

It was very fun watching both the 30KM and 50KM finishers come in to the finish line. There was several customers from STRIDE LAB who participated in the race. Nice job!

There was also a large showing from the TOKYO TRAIL RUNNING club and they all made it to the finish line successfully.

https://www.facebook.com/tokyotrailrunning/
Fun, goofy group of foreigners and locals exploring trails around TOKYO.

The cut-off time for the races are pretty lenient leading to a high finish rate of:
50KM-90.3%
30KM- 97.6%

All of the participants received DRYMAX socks as a gift from the race. Nothing better than DRYMAX socks with your ALTRA shoes!Participants also enjoyed being able to hop in the hotel hotspring right next to the finish.

Thanks to the race directors for putting on an awesome race and great job participants!!

This race even has an information page in ENGLISH! Feel free to check it out!
http://trainic-world.org/ogose-tokigawa/racer-information

Thanks to Takumi Ishiyama for the great pictures!
Link to all of the photos he took at the race!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/144398384@N04/albums/72157693106122170/with/29452026408/

Sign up for one of their races in the future!

Seiseki Sakuragaoka Relay Marathon 2018

Seiseki Sakuragaoka Relay Marathon
Sunday May 27th 2018
Tama City, Tokyo

Seiseki Sakuragaoka is a relatively quiet area 35 minutes from Shinjuku, Tokyo laying right off the Tama river. STRIDE LAB’S shop manager Yasutaka Baba
is the Race Director for the Seiseki Sakuragaoka Relay Marathon which takes place in May and there is also a Santa Claus Christmas version in December!

This May race takes place along the TAMA RIVER just a minute walk away from STRIDE LAB.
The race consists of 3 different main races:

Kids 2000M Race
Young Kids 42.196M Race
41.25KM Relay Race (2.5km segements)

This race has a true neighbor feel to it and this year the weather was beautiful!
Runners checked in at Stride Lab in the morning before heading out to Tama River where the races were taking place.
This year two guest Olympians (Kensuke Takezawa-Beijing/ Mika Yoshikawa-London) came as guest runners/speakers and Kensuke fired the start line gun for the race start.and the kids were off!
It was very fun watching all the kids try their best and finish at the finish line.The next race was the young kids race (Hiyoko)and it was so cute watching the little ones experience one of their first races!In the meantime, the various relay groups were getting ready for the main event of the day, the full marathon relay race segmented into 2.5km sections.

Below is a picture of the course map.

Runners do an out-and-back course along the Tama river.

Relay teams can have anywhere from 4-10 members on each time and runners can run in any order and as many times as they like.

This race started at 10:30AM and the start was very exciting!
Each section of the relay runner carries the sash around the shoulder and passes it off to the next runner at the designated trade-off post.

With ALTRA being a sponsor of this race, they did a shoe try-on event with 6 different models of shoes.There was even ALTRA shoes for sales that the participants could buy at a discount price. Guest runner Takaoka-san also came and was MCing along with running the relay himself. He is a famous barefoot runner in Japan and has wrote a book called Zero Base Running.
There were different local vendors at this event such at TAK Beans Coffee and GARDEN Burger.Runners took turns passing of the sash to their teammates and doing the 2.5km course along Tama River.There was music being played during the event and multiple people MCing as well.This year we had another great turn-out. ALTRA shoes were giving out to some of the winners for the races.Thanks to all the volunteers for their hard work and helping the event come together so well!
Join us for next year!?
And don’t forget to check out information regrading the SANTA MARATHON this December!