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Take part for free in the ASICS World Ekiden Relay

Compete against the world in a relay with six of your running friends

The 2021 ASICS World Ekiden Relay invites you and your closest running friends to participate for free in a virtual marathon relay. The ASICS World Ekiden 2021 is now open for registration, and the race window will take place between Nov. 10-22. Teams will complete six portions – three 5K segments, two 10K segments and one 7.2 km segment, totalling the marathon distance of 42.2K. Along the way, a digital tasuki is passed between runners to achieve the fastest time possible over the six segments.

The term ekiden comes from the heart of Japanese running culture, meaning from station to station or a relay. In traditional races, each team member would cover a specific segment towards the team’s collective goal. The first ekiden relay race was held in Japan over 100 years ago. In 2021, it is the same goal. 

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Each team’s efforts during the relay go toward a greater purpose, contributing to Japanese culture and bringing the world together for competition. Teams can sign up free for the relay between Oct. 4 to Nov. 22 via the ASICS Runkeeper app. You can create a team of up to six athletes and nominate a team captain, or register yourself on behalf of the team. 

During the race, you and your team can share your progress and engage with one another on social media using the hashtag #ASICSWorldEkiden. After you complete your leg and upload it to Runkeeper, you can check out the competition on the leaderboards. Teams of all levels from around the world will be able to compete against one another by filtering their progress across different divisions.

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You can share your training progress for ekiden on your social media channels leading up to race day, educating your network and encouraging them to sign up and create teams of their own.