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Welcome to the inaugural UK Ekiden

Embrace the spirit of Japan, run with your team and marvel at the views

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 invite you to be a part of the inaugural UK Ekiden, where we merge cultures and passions in a grand festival of running. Beginners and Elites are all welcome in this UK Ekiden format.

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 for the inaugural UK Ekiden to be a long distance relay run over two days, 50km each day. As part of a team of 5 or 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.


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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