The 42nd running of the Fuji Mountain Ekiden took place Aug. 6 on an 11-stage, 47.93 km course to the peak of Mt. Fuji and back. 131 teams of 6 runners each from across the country competed, with the Takigahara SDF Base winning the overall title for the third year in a row. Toyota Sportsman Club won the amateur division for the tenth year straight.
The race's course features 3258 m elevation difference from the start at JR Gotemba Station to the turnaround point at the peak of Mt. Fuji. Conditions were difficult this year with a 20-degree temperature range. Local residents turned out in numbers along the course to cheer the runners on. Mitsugi Club was the top local team at 10th in the amateur division.
translated by Brett Larner