The following is an announcement from the UTMF Race Committee (Race Committee Director: Tsuyoshi Kaburaki) regarding the fifth edition of the 2016 ULTRA-TRAIL Mt. FUJI.

◇Race Dates & Registration

●Race Dates
Friday, September 23 – Sunday, September 25, 2016 (3 days)

Distance: 165km (approx.)
Cumulative Altitude Gain: 7500m (approx.)
Start: Friday, September 23, 2016 13:00  Time Limit 46 hours
Start/Finish: Fujikawaguchiko-cho, Yamanashi Prefecture (counterclockwise direction)

・STY(Shizuoka to Yamanashi)
Distance: 72km (approx.)
Cumulative Altitude Gain: 3700m (approx.)
Start: Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:00  Time Limit 20 hours
Start: Fujisan Kodomo-no-kuni, Fuji-shi, Shizuoka Prefecture
Finish: Fujikawaguchiko-cho, Yamanashi Prefecture

●Race Registration
Race registration begins on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 (tentative)
・Details on how to register will be announced on the race website at a later date.

●Racer Qualifications
Any male or female 18 years of age or older as of race day, who is in good health and can complete the race within the time limit without getting lost. For those who are 18 or 19 years old, parental/guardian permission is required.

●Qualification Points
You must have obtained a minimum of 6 points in a maximum of 3 races between March 1, 2014 and February 29, 2016. (Note: 6 points from 4 races is not allowed. 6 points obtained from over and above the 3 race maximum will not count as qualification points)

You must have obtained a minimum of 2 points in a maximum of 2 races between March 1, 2014 and February 29, 2016.

※ UTMF 2015 racers who finished in the top 100 in the Men’s category and the top 20 in the Women’s category will be given priority entry for 2016. (Priority entry will be given in the same race category. For the UTMF, priority entry will be given for the UTMF. For the STY, priority entry will be given for the STY.)
Racers must still meet the qualification point requirements for 2016 in order to enter.

*Please refer to the Qualification Race List for a list of qualifying races in Japan:
(This list is also available in the 2015 UTMF race pamphlet)
*Refer to the UTMB race website for a list of qualifying races outside of Japan. (The UTMF is a sister race of the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc (UTMB) and shares the same qualification race list as the UTMB)
Note: The UTMF/STY will be using the old UTMB/ITRA point system.

●Point System
Qualifying races for the UTMF 2016 are listed in the “Qualifying Race List for Japan” and the Qualifying Race List on the UTMB website for races outside of Japan. While the UTMB shows both the old and new point system, the UTMF will be using the old point system for 2016.
UTMF 2015 4 points (old system) / 6 points (new system).
STY 2015 2 points (old system) / 2 points (new system)


Qualifying Points are calculated using the following formula:
X= Distance (km) + Cumulative Altitude Gain (m)/100
where the number of points is determined by the value of X

Starting from next year’s UTMF (2017), we will use the new ITRA (International Trail Running Association) point system (Endurance Points) and will only be accepting races evaluated under the new system.
 As such, we will no longer create a separate race list for Japan.
 The number of qualifying points required for 2017 has not yet been decided.

ITRA(International Trail Running Association) http://www.i-tra.org/
New Point System & Race Evaluation http://www.i-tra.org/?id=97