Sometimes, you come across sports events that look like they’d be pretty fun, but they are just too far away to make it worthwhile to do just a trail run, a mountain bike race, an aquathlon or a speed climb. What if you could spend a weekend in a beautiful part of Japan ticking off each and every one of the above?
That’s exactly what this “Power Sports” weekend in Tottori offers at the end of September.
Those who take part in the OSJ Grand Prix event can do each of the events over two days, Friday September 19 and Saturday September 20, with points awarded to the top 20 finishers. The competitor with the highest number of points after the 5 events will win the Grand Prix.
Those who want to try all 5 events will need their own transport as the event sites are fairly spread out (head to the bottom of this page for a map showing all the event sites). The organisers will, however, provide kayaks for free and make climbing gear available for a rental fee.
It sounds like a great way to experience a variety of outdoor sports, chaco out Tottori’s beautiful scenery and, no doubt, meet some cool people. Why not combine it with a trip out to Tottori’s famous sand dune?
OSJ Grand Prix Events
- Aquathlon (1.5km swim/6km run) 10am start
- Kayak (approx 6km) 13:00 start
- Speed Climbing (2 routes) 18:00 start
- Trail Run (approx 12km) 08:00
- Mountain Bike (approx 40km) 13:00
You can enter the Grand Prix as an individual or a team, or you can pick and choose individual events you’d like to have a go at.
Individual Entry Fees
- 1 event ¥5000
- 2 events ¥9500
- 3 events ¥13,500
- 4 events ¥17,000
- 5 events ¥20,000
Team of 5 (one person per event) ¥25,000
You can enter online at Sports Entry here.
Postal entry forms can be downloaded here [pdf] and should be sent to
OSJ Grand Prix
628-3 Tokiwa, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Entry fees should be paid into the (有)パワースポーツ Post Office account number 00200-9-114633
The Self Discovery Adventure Race takes place over the same weekend, and is a two person team event. It starts with a speed climbing event on at 18:00 on Saturday, September 20 with a speed climbing event, followed by a day of mountain biking, trail running and canyoning covering a combined distance of around 100km on Sunday, September 21.
Teams can be two men, two women or one of each (over 15 years old) and it costs ¥30,000 per team to enter. Online entry is at Sports Entry here.
Entry deadline for both the Grand Prix and the Self Discovery Adventure events is August 31.
More information (in Japanese)
Email: [email protected]