Date: 17/18 June 2017
Race venue: Nagaoka, Niigata
Event organiser: Trailrunners Japan
Race distance: 52km / 15km
Elevation gain: 2030 Hm
Race starting time: 6.00 a.m.
Cut-off time: 10 hours
Asia Trail Master finisher points: 100 (50 km)
Event website: Link
Event registration: Register via Qoolmart
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, is scheduled for 17 & 18 June and will therefore be the final race before the summer break. Runners can look forward to a varied course of 52 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!
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 .
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: