It is time for the 2015 edition of the Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji, a 105-mile (169k) course that loops around Mount Fuji and includes in excess of 27,000 feet (about 8,300 meters) of elevation gain. This is the 10th race in the 2015 Ultra-Trail World Tour.
UTMF begins at 1 p.m. local time this Friday, which is 10 p.m. Thursday night MDT in the U.S. It’ll take the leaders around 19 hours to complete this beast.
We’ll be livecasting the event on iRunFar’s Twitter feed. We’ll also be combining our twitter feed with other news sources in the window below.
Here are some more resources to help you follow the race:
- Our in-depth preview;
- Pre-race interviews with Fernanda Maciel, Aliza Lapierre, Sondre Amdahl, and Gediminas Grinius;
- Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji website, with a page containing a general course map, elevation profile, aid-station information, and links to download detailed course maps;
- Entry lists for the women and men; and
- Runners’ splits.
A special thanks to The North Face, which has made iRunFar’s live coverage of UTMF possible. Thank you, The North Face!
Live Coverage of the 2015 Ultra-Trail Mount Fuji
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Information on the Course Changes for UTMF 2015
Due to significant rainfall, the UTMF race organization is announcing course changes to protect two sensitive environments and for runner safety.
First, the course between Motosuko, 31.5 kilometers into the race (A2), and Fumoto, 46.5 kilometers into the race (W1), is being altered. Instead of traveling over Ryugatake, the course will make a lower-altitude traverse. The traverse is singletrack and rolling, about 1 kilometer longer than the original route, but an estimated 30 minutes faster for top runners.
Between Subashiri, 120.5km (A7), and Yamanakako, 135.5km (A8), the course will make the same ascent, but then descend immediately on singletrack and then travel on pavement into Yamanakako. This reroute might be up to 30 minutes faster for the leaders.