The Izu Trail starts at the port town of Matsuzaki, located on the southwest coast of the Izu peninsula and finishes in Shuzenji Spa, the oldest Hot Springs in Izu. The race is a “Journey”. The route uses historical trails taking you from the coast to the mountains, passing through orchards and coniferous forest and primeval beech forests in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Run along mountain ridges with incredible views over Sasahara, Mount Fuji and Suruga Bay. You will experience terrain shaped by volcanoes, see a 1200 year old Temple and follow Ancient Roads where historical figures have walked.
“＜The day before the race…＞
The race starts at Matsuzaki, 1h on the bus and a 10min walk from the Syuzen Temple. The organizers do a kit check. The race briefing is done several times. A briefing is given in English, which is useful for runners from abroad. After registration, the runners get a hospitality voucher for Dango (sweet rice flour dumplings) and Okowa (steamed meat or vegetables with sticky rice). It is first come, first served! I recommend the SAKURA fish set meal dish at dinner called Magochya which is mackerel ochazuke, give it a try!
＜The day of the race…＞
The race starts at 6am. It’s still really dark. We start running, I need a headlamp. The first climb is gentle, so it’s easy to run. I need to wear a jacket because it’s cold at that time but the climb starts to warm me up! I quickly remove my jacket to run in a Long Sleeve Shirt, much of the race is on woodland paths and it feels good running! In the middle section of the race, there are many single-tracks. Not easy to overtake, so if you are racing make sure you are ahead here! The final section is on wide paths. Past 60Km, the descent is along a wide grassy ridge. An amazing route.”
Main event: 71.7 km / +4408m Elevation
ITRA 4 Points
Izu peninsula – Japan