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Welcome to the inaugural UK Ekiden

Embrace the spirit of Japan, run with your team, and start making history.
Runner at the Hakone Ekiden in a green outfit and wearing a tasuki sash

What is the UK Ekiden?

Steeped in cultural heritage and sporting spirit, UK Ekiden brings the long-standing Japanese tradition of relay racing to the heart of the United Kingdom. This unique event is more than just a race; it’s a celebration of unity, resilience, and shared goals.

We are launching the UK Ekiden in 2024, inspired by the world famous Hakone Ekiden which celebrates its 100th event in the same year.

Race information

Our current plan is to start in Oxford and finish in Windsor, a beautiful 72 mile route along the Thames Path. The inaugural UK Ekiden is set to be a long distance relay as part of a team of 10 people, you will pass the traditional tasuki sash instead of a baton. The sash symbolises unity and togetherness, and becomes a focal part of the emotion and excitement. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a beginner, join us to experience the camaraderie of this fabulous race.

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The route

Here’s our draft course map (subject to minor adjustments).

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Run for a cause

With each step you take, you’ll be contributing towards a greater cause. The first year we will choose one Japanese and one British charity, as additional step to connect our nations.

Runners are also welcome to raise for their own chosen charities.

Ready to take the challenge?

Sign up today to experience the beauty of long-distance running, steeped in tradition, and wrapped in unity. Gather your team, lace up your shoes and prepare to pass the tasuki in the inaugural UK Ekiden 2024!

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