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Welcome to the inaugural UK Ekiden

Embrace the spirit of Japan, run with your team, and start making history.
Join us on 24th June, 2024
The inaugural FT Nikkei UK Ekiden has begun!
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 celebrated its 100th event in January 2024.

Race information

Our plan is to start in Oxford and finish in Windsor, a beautiful 72 mile route along the Thames Path on Monday, 24th June, 2024. 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.

Please register on this page to receive updates about how to take part with your team, and also for volunteer opportunities. We will be sending out email newsletters to all those registered.


The route

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


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.

The UK Ekiden is a Community Interest Company, and each year we choose one Japanese and one British charity to support by donating a portion of any profit we make. For 2024 we are planning to donate to the Noto Peninsula reconstruction effort in Japan, and to a sport-related charity in the UK.

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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