Date: 17 June 2018
Race venue: Nagaoka, Niigata
Event organiser: Trailrunners Japan
Race Director: Hiroaki Matsunaga
Race distance: 56 km (15 km also available)
Elevation gain: 2500 Hm
Race starting time: 6.00 a.m.
Cut-off time: 10 hours
Asia Trail Master finisher points: 100
Event website: Link
Event registration: Open
International gateway: Tokyo, Niigata Airport
Travel package: Yes
The Echigo Country Trail in Japan was one of the best newcomers in the 2016 trail season and is set to continue making its mark in the Asian running community! The colourful event, organised by a fervent international trail runner, promises to give runners a varied course of 56 km long and just over 2000 metres of elevation gain. The Echigo Country Trail takes place close to Niigata, in Nagaoka, which itself is north of Nagano, a former Olympic Winter Games host city, and all of this is northwest of Tokyo.
The race course will lead you between Echigo, Oguni and Ojiya countries on authentic local mountain trails. The race is set to commence at 6 a.m. and the cut off time is 10 hours later. Along the route, there will be no fewer than six aid stations. Accommodation can be booked and arranged in Oguni, Ojiya and Nagaoka, from where there will also be a shuttle bus at the railway station to the race start at the Oguni Forest Park. By the way, beginning runners or children could also opt for a 15km short distance or a 2,5km Oguni Kid Race!
OGUNI Forest Park- Housue village (5 km Aid station)
> Oguni pass > Jyoyama,Ojiya
> Tokimizu village (12 km Aid station) > Maruyama
> Kirisawa pass > Hakusan
> Hakusan Sports Park (20 km Aid station)
> Hakusan > Seseragi park(30 km Aid station)
> Steakhouse HACHIKOKU (40 km Aid station) > Hachikokuyama
> Hachiouji village (45 km Aid station) > Ainohara Kannondo
> Narazaki village > Oguni Forest Park(Cut off ＠16:00)
Participants are expected to collect their race bag and take part in the opening ceremony and welcoming party on Saturday afternoon (17:00). Before that there will be local vendors, food stalls and cultural activities at the same site .
12:00 A shuttle bus leaves Nagaoka station
→ Arrive OGUNI FOREST PARK @13:00
13:00 Check-in for 56km at OGUNI FOREST PARK(～15:00)
*There will be local food vendors,
local cultural events and more at the check-inlocation.
15:30 Opening ceremony at OGUNI HALL
16:00 Welcome party at OGUNI HALL - Open to all registered participants
18:00 A shuttle bus leaves leave OGUNI HALL
to Nagaoka station @19:00
4:00 A shuttle bus leaves Nagaoka station
→ Arrive OGUNI FOREST PARK @ 5:00
5:00 On the race day check in for 56km till 5:20
6:00 56km race starts
9:00 18km & 2.5km check in until 10:30
10:00 Mini lecture for beginner till 10:30
10:30 Opening Ceremony for 18 km & 2.5 km
11:10 18km race starts
11:15 2.5km race starts
13:40 18km&2.5km Award ceremony and raffle drawings
15:20 56km Award ceremony and raffle drawings
16:00 Cut off time for 56 km race (10 hrs)
17:00 A shuttle bus leaves OGUNI FOREST PARK
→ Arrive at Nagaoka station 18:00
* A shuttle bus will be available between
Nagaoka station and OGUNI FOREST PARK
(1500 yen for round trip)
Check-in, Start & Finish at OGUNI FOREST PARK
〒949-5332 OGUNI FOREST PARK
(208 Kami-iwata, Oguni, Ngaoka, NIIGATA, Japan)
*Parking space is limited at OGUNI FOREST PARK.
Please use public transportation.
*Shuttle buses will be available between
Nagaoka station and OGUNI FOREST PARK.
(1500 yen, round trip)
Opening Ceremony for 56km & Welcome Party at OGUNI HALL
〒949-5215 OGUNI HALL
(176-1 Oguni-shin-machi,Oguni, Nagaoka, NIIGATA, Japan)
Oguni: Oguni Sightseeing Association +81-(0)258-95-5505
Ojiya: Hotel New Plaza +81-(0)258-82-1185, or Business Hotel Ojiya Park +81-(0)258-82-0089
Nagaoka: see Booking.com . There will be shuttle busses to the Oguni Nature Park on Saturday and Sunday from Nagaoka. See the timetable below.
Tokyo is the international gateway by air. From Tokyo, you can take a railway connection to Nagaoka Station. At Nagaoka, the organisation offers a shuttle bus to the race venue at the following times: