After two consecutive years of enormous success in 2015 and 2016 with over 3,000 and 4,000 participants respectively, Mizuno Ekiden returns for its third edition on 19 August 2017, at The Promontory @ Marina Bay.
In Japanese, Ekiden refers to a relay-styled long distance running. Mizuno Ekiden focuses on Japanese values, such as perseverance, teamwork and high performance.
Mr Kiyoshi Tatani, President of Mizuno Singapore, said,
We are really excited to bring back the Mizuno Ekiden this year after a resounding success the past two editions. Moving into the third instalment of the race, we would like to use this platform to introduce a new category for running clubs. With this new addition, we hope to further strengthen our position in the sports scene in Singapore, and beyond our borders. We aim to broaden the awareness of the event as well as tapping on to the vibrancy and potential of the running community in the region. We look forward to having scores of running teams join us for a friendly competition.
Categories and Prizes
Runners can register in teams of four across four categories: 42.195km Running Club Category (10.5km per runner), 42.195km Open Category (10.5km per runner), 21.1km Open Category (5.3km per runner), and 21.1km Corporate Category (5.3km per runner).
The first runners of each team will flag off while donning a traditional tasuki sash. Upon completing his or her leg of the relay, the sash will be passed to the second runner who will be waiting at the transition area. This process will continue until the sash is donned by the fourth runner, who will then finish the race and join the rest of his or her team members at the finish line.
The Running Club Category is open to all running clubs in Southeast Asia that have been active for at least three months. All team members must be residents or permanent residents of any ASEAN country.
The corporate category is available only to employees of the same company. Participants will be required to submit proof of employment eligibility upon request
The top 3 teams in the 42.195km category will win up to S$2,000 cash and S$1,200 worth of vouchers; meanwhile, the top 3 teams in the 21.1km category will be rewarded with up to S$400 cash and S$500 worth of vouchers.
Matsuri Race Village
Finishers of the race, as well as members of the public, are invited to spend the evening at Matsuri Race Village, savouring Japanese gourmets such as sushi, ramen and desserts, as well as participating in Japanese cultural activities and games.
Registration is open now. Early bird period will last until 30 April 2017. The early bid fee for 42.195km categories is S$220, and the fee for 21.1km categories is S$200. Enjoy 5% discount if you register more than 5 teams.
The normal registration period will last from 1 May to 2 July 2017. The registration fees will be as follow: S$260 for 42.195km, S$240 for 21.1 Open Category and S$200 for 21.1km Corporate Category. 5% discount for bulk registration applies during normal registration period as well.
The race capacity will be capped at 5,000 runners this year, so hurry up, find your running buddies and sign up!