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March 2014

Mine Akiyoshidai Kogen Half Marathon

March 2, 2014
Akiyoshidai, Shuhouchou akiyoshi,
Mine, Yamaguchi-ken 754-0511 Japan
¥16 – ¥3000

Half marathon, 10km 5km, 2km and 1.5km runs through Akiyoshidai's dramatic karst landscape. Start times 1.5km 10:05 (Parent & pre-school) 2km 10:25 (Elementary School) Half marathon 11:00 (High School and older) 10km 11:10 (High School and older) 5km 11:20 (Junior High School and older) Entry deadline: January 14 Online entry at Runnet here. Race website: http://www.mine-akiyoshidai-marathon.jp/

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Matsue Ladies Half Marathon

March 16, 2014
Matsue Castle, 1-5 Tonomachi
Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken 690-0887 Japan
¥3.2 – ¥1500

Ladies half marathon and 10km and 3km runs for all sexes. Entry deadline: February 14 Online entry at Runnet here. Race website: http://www.matsue-ladies-half.com/  

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Fukuyama Half Marathon

March 16, 2014
Fukuyama Takegahana Undo Kouen Sports Ground Athletic Stadium, 4748 Minomi-cho
Fukuyama-shi, Hiroshima-ken 720-0832 Japan

Half Marathon (officially recognised distance), 10km, 3km and kids races. Entry fees Adults (Half Marathon/10km) ¥3000 High School Students  (Half Marathon/10km) ¥2000 3km ¥2000 2.5km and 4km walking event ¥1000 Start times 09:35 Half Marathon 10:15 10km 11:30 4km walk 13:20 2.5km 14:00 3km Entry deadline: January 25 Online entry at Runnet here. Shuttle buses from Fukuyama JR Station (¥370 one way) . ふくやまし たけがはなうんどうこうえん りくじょうきょうぎじょう

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August 2014

Yahata-gawa River Marathon

August 3, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Yahata-gawa River, Mishima Bridge, 4 chome Minaga, Saeki-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan

Cool off in at this fun (shallow) river run in Saeki-ku. 3rd & 4th grade boys 0.5km (09:00 start) 3rd & 4th grade girls 0.5km (09:10 start) 5rd & 6th grade boys 1km (09:20 start) 5rd & 6th grade girls 1km (09:30 start) Junior High School boys & girls and women over 16 1.5km (09:40 start) Males over 16 1.5km (10:10 start) Male over 50 1.5km (10:10) Males over 16 3km (10:10) Relay (teams of 6, including at least females):…

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November 2014

Rabbit Cross Country in Okunoshima

November 9, 2014
Okunoshima, Tadanoumi-cho
Takehara-shi, Hiroshima-ken 729-2311 Japan
¥19 – ¥1500

Short road races on pretty much traffic-free and rabbit inundated island of Okunoshima. Great for giving the kids a run out. Distances 1km (1st and 2nd graders) 3.15km (3rd grade and up) 6.3km Entry fees Elementary school students ¥300 Junior High and High school students ¥500 Over 19 ¥1500 Online entry: Runnet Postal entry: Download details and entry form here . Entry period: June 30-October 10  

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Miyajima Cross Country

November 30, 2014
Miyajima Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
¥3 – ¥3000

15km, 6km and 3km runs from Miyajima Junior High School out and back along the sea front. Although this race no longer goes through picturesque Momiji-dani Park and, other than a very short section through Tsutsumi-ga-ura beach park, is almost entirely on road, the extension of the longest run from 10km to 15km adds extra interest to one of the area's best running events. Miyajima "Cross Country" 10km Run The undulating 15km course takes you up and down Takanosu-yama along a steep, narrow…

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April 2015

Sakura Challenge

April 4, 2015
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan + Google Map

Runners of all abilities and levels of motivation invited to run a cherry blossom-lined 2.6km route as many times as possible or as wished for 3 or 6 hours. 6 hour runners start at 8am and 3 hour runners at 11am. Everyone is welcome to do as much or as little as they like with no pressure to do any more or less. Meet 30 minutes before the start times on the grassy riverbank next to Chuo Central Park in…

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Suisen Daffodil Marathon

April 5, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 2:35 pm
Bihoku Hillside Park, 1300, Kamiharacho, Shobara-shi, Hiroshima
Shobara, Hiroshima 727-0022 Japan

Suisen is Japanese for "daffodil" and there are thousands of them at Bihoku Hillside Park in Shobara where these springtime half marathon, 10km and 2km running events are being held. Online entry at Runnet.jp Entry deadline: March 16 Entry fees: Half Marathon ¥4000 (High School ¥3500) 10km ¥3500 (High School ¥3000) Under 16 ¥1000 Start times: 2km 10:50 10km 11:00 Half Marathon 12:00  

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February 2016

Kure Tobishima Marathon

February 26, 2016
Kamagari Kenmin-no-hama Beach Park, 7646 Kamagaricho Oura
Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken 737-0402 Japan
kure tobishima marathon

Full marathon, 10km and 2km runs along the beautiful "Tobishima Kaido" starting and finishing at Kenmin-no-hama on Kami-Kamagari Island. The full marathon course, which runs along the some pretty coastline is made quite challenging by the climbs up to the bridges that span the 5 islands. Entry fees: Full marathon ¥6000 10km ¥3000 (adult), ¥1500 (High School) 2km ¥1500 Online entry at Runnet Entry deadline: December 15, 2016

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July 2016

Happy Night Run

July 1, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Urban View Grand Tower, 4-1 Hatchobori Naka-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 730-0012 Japan
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Great way to motivate beginner runners to get out the door, attract newbies and an opportunity for more experienced runners to meet new pavement-pounders. Run event, limited to 150 participants, over a flat 5km course which starts and finishes at the Urban View Grand Tower. There is a post run social with music, food and drinks in the Urban View Grand Tower branch of Suzu Cafe after the run. Runners are encouraged to show up in glow in the dark gear, carry light…

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August 2016

Green-Go-Round Mountain Run Festival

August 28, 2016
Mizuho Highland, 6242-19 Ichigi, Ohnan-cho
Ochi-gun, Shimane-ken 697-0631 Japan
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Teams of 3-5 people try to run as many loops of a 3.5km course as they can at the Mizuho Highland snow resort in Ohnan in 6 hours. This looks a fun event that both experienced and novice trail runner can enjoy. Entry fee: ¥21,000/team or enter as an individual for ¥6500 and the organizers will put you in a team. Entry deadline: July 3 URL: http://green-go-round.run/

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October 2016

Hiroshima Mikan Half Marathon and 10K

October 16, 2016
Ogaki High School, 1118 Oobara, Oogaki-cho
Etajima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 737-2213 Japan

Officially measured, pretty, undulating course that runs between the coast and mikan orange groves in the Ogaki area of the island of Etajima. Access: is possible by ferry and event shuttle bus. Distances & start times Family 1km 10:05 Half marathon 10:35 (over 18s only) 10km 10:45 (High school and older) 5km 10:55 (Junior high school and older) 3km 10:58 (Elementary school and older) Entry fees Adults ¥3500 Under 18s ¥1300 Online entry at Runnet and Sports Entry. Entry deadline:…

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April 2017

Miyajima Marathon

April 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Miyajima Hatsukaichi-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
¥5 – ¥2000

This spring road race on Miyajima pretty much duplicates the long-running autumn "Miyajima Cross Country" organised by the Hiroshima Seniors Running club. There are two distances, a 15km and a 5km. The 15km is on the same course as the autumn event, starting from in front of Miyajima Junior High School and runs out along the coast in the opposite direction to Itsukushima Shrine, past Tsusumigaura Beach Park, up and then down a steep winding 1km hill and then another…

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September 2017

Mihara Lake Hakuryuko Trail Race

September 17, 2017
Hakuryuko Sports Village, 1026-3 Waki, Daiwa-cho
Mihara-shi, Hiroshima-ken 729-1321 Japan

35km and 19km trail races starting and finishing near Hakuryuko Lake in the hills of Mihara. Long Course 39km, 07:30 start, ¥7000 Short Course 22km, 09:30 start, ¥5000 Online entry on Runnet Entry period: May 1 - June 30 Read a little about the inaugural 2011 event here.  

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August 2018

Hiroshima Cross Country

August 18, 2018
Dogoyama Cross Country Park, Misaka, Saijo-cho,
Shobara-shi, Japan

8km, 5km, 3km. 1.5 and 1km races on the rolling grass course at the excellent Cross Country Park in Saijo near Shobara (not the Saijo in Higashi-hirohsima!). Start times 1km 11:15 1.5km 11:25 3km 11:55 5km 12:10 8km 12:40 Entry fees Adult ¥3000 High School, Junior High School ¥1000 Elementary School ¥800 Entries open: Mid May  

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March 2019

Osorakan Vertical Race

March 3, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Osorakan Snow Resort, Yokogo, Akiota-cho
Yamagata-gun, Hiroshima-ken 731-3801 Japan

Lung-busting vertical race in the snow!

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May 2019

Hiba-yama Skyline Trail Run

May 26, 2019
Hiroshima Kenmin-no-mori forest park, Saijo-cho
Shobara-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
hiba-yama trail race

Tough, but rewarding trail run starting and finishing at Kenmin-no-mori ski area in Shobara. Great views from the top of Hiba-yama on the handful of days it hasn't been pouring with rain on race day. A race: 18.5km B race: 9km Schedule Registration 08:00-09:00 A course start 10:00 B course start 10:30 Awards 14:00 Entry fees: Adult ¥5000 Junior High & High School ¥3000 Entry: December 25 2018 - April 12 2019 Online entry at Runnet here. Download details in Japanese…

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October 2019

Ninoshima Eco Marathon

October 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken Japan
Ninoshima eco marathon island road races in hiroshima

Low key, low impact road race event around tiny Ninoshima.

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November 2019

Kabe Renzan Trail Race

November 3, 2019
Chugoku Denryoku Nabara Kenkyu Center, 525 Ayagatani, Kabe-cho, Asaminami-ku
Hiroshima-shi, Hiroshima-ken 731-0236

7km, 16km and 22km trail races in the hills behind Kabe, just north of Hiroshima city.

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Hiroshima YMCA 25th International Charity Run

November 23, 2019 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Central Park- Chuo Koen, Naka-ku, Hiroshima city (opposite side of the road from the Castle on one side and on the other Green Arena)
Hiroshima, Hiroshima Japan

Hiroshima YMCA International Charity Run is a fun-filled event that raises money to support children with special needs. If you feel that you’d like to do something good for children in the community while having great fun, this is the perfect event for people of all ages including individuals, families, or groups of friends. The 25th International Charity Run will be held on November 23 (Sat) at Chuo-koen (The large open park near Hiroshima Castle). It’s a relay race with each…

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March 2020

Kudamatsu Kasadojima Island Trail Race

March 8, 2020
Oojo Kokumin Shukusha, 14-1 Kasadoshima
Kudamatsu-shi, Yamaguchi-ken 744-0001 Japan

Challenging early season trail races on a very pretty island in the Inland Sea of the coast of Yamaguchi Prefecture.

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Kintai-kyo Bridge Road Races

March 8, 2020
Iwakuni Kintaikyo Bridge, 1 Iwakuni
Iwakuni-shi, Yamaguchi-ken Japan

2km, 5km, 10km and Half Marathon distance road races held next to the beautiful Kintai-kyo Bridge in

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April 2020

Setouchi Island Trail Race Kure – Kamikamagari

April 26, 2020
Kamagari Kenmin-no-hama Beach Park, 7646 Kamagaricho Oura
Kure-shi, Hiroshima-ken 737-0402 Japan

11km and 22km trail races with great views of the Seto Inland Sea, starting and finishing at Kenmin-no-hama Beach Park. 21km ¥6500 entry fee, 6 hour cut off 12km ¥4900 entry fee, 3.5 hour cut off Kids 2.6km ¥1500 entry fee, 45 minute cut off Online entry until March 13, 2020 at Runnet http://www.setouchi-itrail.com/ https://www.facebook.com/setouchi.itrail/ Read about one beginner's experience at the Setouchi Island Trail Race here.

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