GEAR & EQUIPMENT
The weight of your equipment must be a minimum of 2kg at the start of the race and upon leaving each aid station. Your equipment must weigh a minimum of 1kg at all times along the race course.
There will be an equipment check during the race. If you do not have your mandatory equipment, you will be disqualified from the race.
There will be an equipment check before the race to ensure you have all the mandatory gear but it is your own responsibility to decide whether your mandatory clothing/gear provides adequate warmth and rain protection during the race.
Please make sure that you know how to use all of your equipment before the race.
The following is a mandatory equipment list.
MANDATORY EQUIPMENT (These are items that must be carried with you at all times during the race)
- Detailed course map – You must print out the “Detailed Course Map” from the race website and carry it with you at all times. (*1)
- Mobile phone – You must be able to make/receive calls in Japan with this mobile phone. Save the emergency phone number for race headquarters on your phone (the phone number will be written on your race bib). Turn on the phone number display function and make sure your phone is fully charged before the race. Please ensure you can receive SMS text messages on your phone as emergency information will be sent to you via SMS during the race.
- Personal cup for hot/cold drinks at aid stations (minimum 150cc size). Paper cups will not be provided at the aid stations.
- Water – You must carry a minimum of 1L of water at the start line and upon leaving each aid station.
- One lights with replacement batteries for both lights. Remember that battery life will decline in cold temperatures.
- Flashing reflector light – Put this light on your backpack during the race so that cars will be able to see you at night.
- Survival blanket (minimum size of 130cm x 200cm)
- Adhesive elastic tape/band (minimum length of 80cm x 3cm) (*2)
- Waterproof rain jacket with hood & rain pants (both made of waterproof and breathable membrane such as Gore-Tex or something similar; seams must be seam-sealed)
- Warm fleece or long sleeve shirt. (*3)
- Warm pants or tights that go down to your ankles. (*4)
- Warm gloves/mittens and warm hat that covers your ears (*5)
- First aid kit (such as band aids, disinfectant, etc)
- Overseas travel/accident insurance policy (*6)
- Race bib and IC Chips (these will be given to you at the race)
- Backpack to carry all your mandatory equipment and other recommended items (see below).
- *1 Course maps downloaded onto your Smartphone will not be accepted as mandatory gear. This is because Smartphones can run out of batteries, not get a signal, etc. thus preventing you from being able to use the maps during an emergency. This year, you must print out and carry with you all the Detailed Course Maps and make sure you waterproof them (e.g. put it in a clear plastic bag).
- *2 Bring strong tape that can be used during emergencies such as injuries (e.g. broken bones) as well as emergency repairs (e.g. broken equipment.
- *3 Warm clothing for the upper body = mid-layer clothing such as fleece jackets, wool sweaters and light-weight down jackets that create a layer of warm air between you and the fabric.
- *4 Warm clothing for the lower body = A. Full-length pants that go down to your ankles. B. Full-length tights that go down to your ankles. C. Short-length tights combined with long-length socks so that your leg is essentially completely covered.
- *5 Wool or polyester knit hat that provides warmth.
- *6 For runners coming from overseas and do not live in Japan, it is strongly recommended that you obtain adequate travel insurance coverage for the duration of your stay as medical/emergency rescue fees can be extremely expensive in Japan.
- * The mandatory equipment list provided here is only the minimum. You will be running in harsh conditions for two days and one night (one day and one night for the STY) so please make sure that you are well-prepared to manage your own safety and well-being and bring additional gear you need to protect yourself.
- * We will strive to dispatch a rescue team to reach a runner who needs assistance due to extreme fatigue or injury on the course within 3 hours. However, it may take much more time if we receive several rescue requests all at once, or if you’ve strayed off the race course or if the weather conditions are bad. In such cases, it could take more than 6 hours to reach you. Given this, please bring enough clothing and equipment with you to protect yourself from the cold wind and rain for more than 6 hours.
STRONGLY RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT
The mandatory equipment list is not necessarily enough for all racers. What you need differs depending on a racer’s skill, physical level, weather during the race, etc. It is up to you to determine what is necessary for you and it is your responsibility to bring additional gear that you will need to safely complete the race. Make sure you’ve tested all of your gear under sub-zero conditions up in the mountains, in heavy rain and over long runs so that you know for sure whether your gear is sufficient to protect you.
The following is a list of strongly recommended equipment.
- Trail running shoes
- Bear bell (*1)
- Change of clothes
- Pen (writing utensil)
- *1 There will be “no bear bell” signs posted before you enter residential areas. You must put away your bear bell (stop your bear bell from ringing) when running through residential and town areas both during the day and at night.