translated and edited by Brett Larner
photos by @Dogsorcaravan
第40回 #富士登山駅伝 区間賞 一般の部、自衛隊の部の順です。 3区 村松卓/DREAM 19:55、日向嘉紀/滝ケ原 19:34 4区 廣谷優一/トヨタSC 26:05、柳澤隼人/滝ケ原 25:55 pic.twitter.com/BdYS8TmJ71— Dogsorcaravan (@Dogsorcaravan) August 2, 2015
Hitting both the foothills and summit of Mt. Fuji, the 40th running of the Mt. Fuji Ekiden took place Aug. 1 in Gotemba, Shizuoka with the local Gotemba Self-Defense Force Base team winning the overall title.
第40回 #富士登山駅伝 区間賞 一般の部、自衛隊の部の順です。 7区 三浦優/トミヤスレーシング 7:49、高橋竜太/板妻34連 7:25 8区 濱崎武雅 / 御殿場走友会 6:54、中村直幸/帯広4普連 6:39 pic.twitter.com/IYK1P6S4HZ— Dogsorcaravan (@Dogsorcaravan) August 2, 2015
127 six-member teams including 30 SDF teams took part in this year's 40th anniversary edition. The 11-stage, 47.93 km course began at JR Gotemba Station, climbing 3258 meters to the peak of Mt. Fuji before descending to finish at the Gotemba Municipal Track and Field Grounds. The Gotemba SDF Base team covered the distance in 3:47:57, while four teams failed to finish.
Motonori Yamazaki of the Gotemba Municipal Culture and Sports Division commented, "Beginning this year the race's start point has changed from the Track and Field Grounds to the station, so times cannot be compared to past years. Runners weren't able to see Mt. Fuji from the start point, but the weather was good. In the morning you could see Mt. Fuji all the way from the summit to the base. We'll be putting this race on again next year so I hope that many teams will again take part." Next year's edition will take place the first Sunday in August.