translated by Brett Larner
With Mt. Fuji newly named to the World Heritage Site list, the 66th Fuji Mountain Race took place July 26 on a course starting at 769 m elevation in front of Fujiyoshida City Hall and ending 21 km and more than 3000 m climb later at the summit, along with a 15 km race halfway up the mountain ending at its Fifth Stage.
In the summit division, Dai Matsumoto (29, Gunma Pref.) won the men's race in 2:49:40. American Leah Daugherty (28) won the women's race in 3:23:47. In the Fifth Stage race, Naoto Ikuta (33, Tokyo) won for the second time, while veteran Yoshimi Hoshino (47, Shizuoka) won a third title.