GOLDWIN Returns as a Special Sponsor for Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji and Shizuoka to Yamanashi

GOLDWIN and The North Face will return as special sponsors for the Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji and Shizuoka to Yamanashi from April 25 to 27.

GOLDWIN Inc. (HQ: Shibuya, Tokyo / President: Akio Nishida / First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange: 8111) and The North Face are pleased to announce that they will be special sponsors for the Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji (UTMF) and Shizuoka to Yamashina (STY). The races will take place from Friday, April 25 to Sunday, April 27, 2014.

UTMF, a 169.0 km race around the perimeter of Mt. Fuji, and Shizuoka To Yamanashi (STY), a 91.5 km race covering half of the perimeter, are the biggest trail-running events in Japan. The events aim to convey the importance of rising to a challenge, as well as the joy of trail running and the beauty of Mt. Fuji, the pride of Japan. Having been a special sponsor in the first and second competitions, GOLDWIN returns again for the third time.
GOLDWIN’s support for the UTMF, which embodies the very principles that the company embraces, reflects the company’s commitment to promoting a healthy and fun-filled lifestyle as expressed by its slogan, “SPORTS FIRST.” GOLDWIN’s employees will return to the event as operation staff and will use this opportunity to put “SPORTS FIRST” into practice.

■GOLDWIN/The North Face Booth
The GOLDWIN and The North Face will have a booth at the event venue (Yakizaki Park in Fujikawaguchiko Town, Yamanashi), where a wide array of items will be on display and available for sale. Items include athletic wear, goods, and shoes from The North Face offering features and designs that enhance your trail running experience. Compression underwear from C3fit, as well as the UTMF original novelty goods will also be for sale.

■Sponsored prizes:
Participant’s Award: The North Face original high-performance T-shirt
UTMF Race Finisher’s Award / STF Race Finisher’s Award: The North Face original runner’s vest
Staff wear: The North Face special jacket

■GOLDWIN staff will participate as operation staff for the following duties:
1) Course route guide
Guiding runners on mountainous routes
2) Registration and aid stations support:
Registering athletes (checking equipment) at start points for the UTMF (Yakizaki Koen) and the STY (Fujisan Kodomo no Kuni), and providing overall support at finishing points.

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Ultra-trail Mt. Fuji
Concept

Ultra-trail Mt. Fuji is a 169 km race connecting the hiking trails, local footpaths, and forest roads around the foothills of Mt. Fuji. The race is an unprecedented outdoor event that aims to convey the importance of rising to challenges and the joy of trail running. The event is also an opportunity for the participants to experience the beauty of Mt. Fuji from all angles and the region’s stunning cultural and natural environment.

Ultra-trail Mt. Fuji: Event overview

Race Organizer: ULTRA-TRAIL Mt. FUJI Race Committee
The Race Committee consists of the Fuji Trail Runners Club (Non-Profit Organization), Fujikawaguchiko Town, Narusawa Village, Minobu Town, Fujinomiya City, Fuji City, Susono City, Gotemba City, Oyama City, Yamanakako Village, Oshino Village, Fujiyoshida City
Backed by: Embassy of France in Japan/Institut français du Japon, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan Tourism Agency, The Yamanashi Nichi Nichi Shimbun/Yamanashi Broadcasting System, The Shizuoka Shimbun/Shizuoka Broadcasting System, The North Face Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc
Dates: Friday, April 25 to Sunday, April 27, 2014 (3 days)

UTMF (ULTRA-TRAIL Mt. FUJI)
Number of Participants: Approx. 1,200 racers (approx. 300 from overseas)
Starts on Friday, April 25th at 15:00
Distance: Approx. 169 km / Cumulative altitude gain: approx. 9,478 meters / Time limit: 46 hrs
Start/Finish: Yagisaki Koen (Park), Fujikawaguchiko Town, Yamanashi Prefecture

STY (Shizuoka to Yamanashi)
Number of Participants: Approx. 1,000 racers (approx. 100 from overseas)
Starts on Saturday, April 26th at 12:00 / Wave start at 12:10
Distance: Approx. 91.5 km / Cumulative altitude gain: approx. 4,715 meters / Time limit: 24 hrs
Start: Mount Fuji Kodomo-no-Kuni, Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture
Finish: Yagisaki Koen (Park), Fujikawaguchiko Town, Yamanashi Prefecture

Official Website: http://www.ultratrailmtfuji.com/