<Translated from the Japanese official race website>
The race course passes through national parks and designated sensitive wildlife areas inhabited by rare animals and plants. The following rules are in place to minimize the impact on this environment and all racers are expected to thoroughly understand and abide by these rules.
A portion of the race course (from Nihonsugi Pass through Shuzenji Nature Park) passes through a national park designated as a special protection area. The areas around the hiking trails between Namesawa Pass and Mt. Goto are particularly sensitive, as it is densely populated by a unique species of old growth beech trees and local hydrangea that cannot be found elsewhere in Japan. These old growth beech forests along the coast of the Pacific Ocean are environmentally critical in supporting a variety of wildlife and plants in the Amagi Mountain area and must be protected. In order to do so, the section between Namesawa Pass and Mt. Goto has been designated as a “no-passing zone” and you will be required to abide by the following rules:
While there are no specific rules that prevent running within national parks, in general, these trails/paths were built for the purpose of walking and are maintained for the general public to enjoy. We appreciate that you understand this situation and give way to others who are walking along the trails.
There will be one water station (WP) and three aid stations (AP) set up along the course.
If you decide to drop out of the race, you must notify race staff. Please remove your race card/bib and give your IC chips to a race staff member so that race headquarters can be notified. Once
you've dropped out of the race, you will not be able to re-start.
Remember to keep your race card with you as you will need it to retrieve your bags from the bag storage area.
<DROPPING OUT AT AN AID STATION>
<DROPPING OUT ALONG THE COURSE>
It will take time to get help out to you if you are out on the race course.
If you are not feeling well, it would be best to make your decision to drop out at an aid station.
The following is a list of mandatory equipment that must be carried with you at all times during the race. Once your mandatory equipment has been checked by race staff, you may not make any changes to your gear.
The temperature can vary widely on the day of the race. The wind can also be very strong on top of the mountains. Please check the weather beforehand and bring appropriate clothing to protect you
from the cold.
Rain pants, hat, change of clothes, sunscreen, vaseline, cash, mobile phone charger + waterproof case + spare batteries, waterproof trail shoes
The start and finish lines for the race are located in different places. You will be able to drop off any bags/luggage at the start area in Matsuzaki Port (Matsuzaki Town) and the race will transport them to the finish line at Shuzenji General Hall (Izu City) for you.
A racer may be stopped from racing and disqualified for not obeying staff instructions as well as for the following actions:
<Race organizer responsibilities>
The race organization reserves the right to cancel or cut-short the race for the following reasons:
The Izu Trail Journey is a qualifying race for the Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji (UTMF) and the Ultra-Trail Mont Blanc (UTMB)*. The race is also a registered with the International Trail Running Association (ITRA).
* Awaiting approval.
The race owns all photographs, video footage, race results and articles taken/obtained during the race and reserves the right to use this information/media in newspapers, magazines, television, internet, etc.
Participants are expected to complete a course over 72 km in distance in a mountainous area with peaks reaching an altitude of 1000m. The race will be taking place in March, exposing racers to cold, strong winds blowing up from the ocean as well as deteriorating weather conditions such as snow. Racers may face various risks including falling rocks, slips, falls, getting lost, sickness, injuries and fatigue but understand and agree that they are responsible for their own safety and well being and will not hold the race responsible for any of these risks.