There are, in most people’s minds, two global trail running hubs: America, with its abundance of well-groomed trails and massive mountains, and the European alpine countries, with their technical descents and fanatical fans. But, if you look at recent race results, you’ll notice that these two trail running superpowers haven’t had it all their own way - Asian trail runners, in particular the Japanese and the Chinese athletes, have joined the party, in style.
Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji is, arguably, Asia’s largest trail ultra race. Part of the ultra-trail world tour, and considered a partner race to the famous Ultra-Trail Mt. Blanc (UTMB), the 100-mile race that circles Mt. Fuji is as brutal as it is famous. Connecting mountain trails, local footpaths and forest roads around the foothills of the mountain, it brings the runners up close and personal with one of Japan’s most iconic landmarks.