Runners looking for a new and exciting challenge can register for the ASICS World Ekiden 2021, a free virtual race which will be taking place November 10th – November 22nd AEST. Registration for the event begins October 4th and ends November 22nd at 11pm HST. This race will be inspired by the traditional Japanese Ekiden but will be 42.195 kilometres, the length of a standard marathon. Teams of six runners will be challenged to complete the marathon distance over six legs — 5km, 5km, 10km, 5km, 10km, and 7.2km — for a total of 42.195 km. Frequently asked questions about this year’s ASICS World Ekiden are addressed below.

Where Will The ASICS World Ekiden 2021 Take Place?

You won’t need to book a flight to Japan to run in the 2021 ASICS World Ekiden. This race will be a free virtual event — welcoming runners from all around the world! This marathon-distance relay race is open to all runners who wish to participate.

How Do I Register For The ASICS World Ekiden 2021?

Registering is made easy with the ASICS Runkeeper™ app on your mobile device, an app many runners also use to keep track of their progress as they prepare for the race. You can also register online through the event registration page.

How Many Runners Can Be On My Team?

Your team can have up to six people. However, if your team has fewer than six individuals, keep in mind that there are still six legs of the race: One or more teammates will have to compete in multiple legs of the competition.

How Do I Track My Virtual Run And Share My Results?

Both runners and their teammates can track their runs and keep record of their results using the ASICS Runkeeper™ app. The app can help monitor your pace and distance, but it can also keep you motivated: Insights can not only help you reflect on where you are in your training progress but also get you more excited for what’s to come.

Please note: In order to fully compete in this Ekiden relay, all six legs of the race must be documented completely and tracked using the Runkeeper™ app.