Ekiden

Run together, uplift the world.

Join the ASICS World Ekiden 2021 and help uplift the world through movement. From November 10-22, this Japanese-inspired relay race gives you the chance to team up with your friends and complete the iconic marathon distance together. Simply by signing up, you’ll raise money for mental health charity Mind.

First, register for free.

Start by creating or joining a team of up to six runners. Each teammate will run between 5K and 10K, totalling a marathon distance.

Next, download the ASICS Runkeeper™ app.

This race is all about teamwork. Download the ASICS Runkeeper™ app to follow your teammates and cheer on each other's training progress. When it's time to complete your leg of the Ekiden, you'll use the app to track your run.

Ekiden

Race days are November 10–22.

During the official race period, log your leg of the Ekiden race in the ASICS Runkeeper™ app. Strive to do your best and pass the virtual tasuki to your teammate as fast as you can. Keep an eye on the leaderboard to watch teams around the world complete the race.

Leaderboard available for viewing on November 11, 2021.

It’s time to move your mind.

Use the Mind Uplifter™ to see the positive impact of your team’s participation in the Ekiden race. Whether you’re training or completing your leg of the race, your contribution will help towards our global study on the uplifting effect of movement on the mind.

Start your training.

Connect with your teammates and try a custom training plan for your assigned distance with the ASICS Runkeeper™ app. Train for the race together and track your uplift by using the Mind Uplifter™ tool.

A heritage of harmony.

The ASICS World Ekiden is all about teamwork. Learn all about this Japanese inspired relay race, and let our ASICS FrontRunner team members tell you how you and your team can take it on together.

Get ready for the race as one team.

The ASICS World Ekiden is all about teamwork. Learn all about this Japanese inspired relay race, and let David Lenneman, our ASICS FrontRunner Team Captain, tell you how you and your team can take it on together.

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Participation Details

How many runners can compete on an Ekiden team?

Ekiden teams are traditionally made up of six team members; however, smaller teams can participate in the ASICS World Ekiden 2021. (If you choose to run with fewer than six team members, some runners will need to complete multiple legs by registering and joining the team more than once.) All six distance spots must be filled and tracked in the ASICS Runkeeper™ app in order to complete the relay.

How do I view my team and track their progress?

You can keep track of your team's progress in the ASICS Runkeeper™ app. Once you're in the app, navigate to the Explore tab and select Races. Tap on ASICS World Ekiden 2021 to view your teammates' current statuses ("completed," "not started" or "in progress").

How do I track my virtual run and record my results?

Track your Ekiden run in real time using the ASICS Runkeeper™ app. When you're ready to start your leg of the race, open the app on your mobile device, navigate to the Explore tab then Races, select ASICS World Ekiden 2021, and tap "Track race now." Now you're ready to run! Once your distance is completed, hit "Stop" in the Runkeeper™ app and save the run. Your completed leg will automatically be posted to the ASICS World Ekiden 2021 results page.

How do I view the leaderboard and my team results?

Starting November 11, leaderboard results will be updated in real time here . Results are not official until the race window has closed on November 22, 2020.

I already have the ASICS Runkeeper™ app. Can I register there?

Yes, you can register for the ASICS World Ekiden 2021 directly in the Runkeeper™ app. Navigate to the Explore tab and select Races, then "Register now" for the ASICS World Ekiden 2021 event to complete the registration process from your device. Once completed, your registration will automatically populate in the ASICS World Ekiden 2021 event in the Races tab.

Can I track my Ekiden run while using a fitness tracker or watch?

Yes, your run can be tracked using an Apple Watch, Garmin or Fitbit! First, make sure your device is paired with the ASICS Runkeeper™ app (more details here ), then complete your Ekiden run using your device.

Once completed, in the Runkeeper™ app, navigate to the Explore tab and select "Races." Tap on "ASICS World Ekiden 2021." Select "Link recent activity" under "Track race now." Select your recently completed activity and your results will be posted automatically.

How does the Mind Uplifter™ tool work?

The Mind Uplifter™ uses a combination of facial scanning technology and self-report data collection to capture the impact of sport across 10 emotional and cognitive metrics – including confidence, positivity, calm and focus – to show how different sports impact how you think and feel.

How accurate is the Mind Uplifter™?

The Mind Uplifter™ is the result of in-depth preliminary scientific research by ASICS alongside Dr Brendon Stubbs to explore the impact of sport on the mind among a select group of athletes using EEG readings and self-report data. The findings of this preliminary study have been applied in a robust and scientifically rigorous manner to enable the rollout of the study on a global scale.

What do the scores mean?

By taking a reading of your emotions and brain function PRE and POST exercise, the different scores show how sport has uplifted your mind across the 10 emotional and cognitive metrics and shows it as a percentage.

Who created it?

The Mind Uplifter™ has been created by ASICS, in collaboration with Dr Stubbs and creative technology studio SolarFlare.

Does it store my data?

The Mind Uplifter™ does not store personal data. Results are submitted anonymously. From the 1st July, everyday athletes can choose to sign up to store results over multiple uses in a gallery. For this we will require a username, password and email address. This can be deleted at any time by request.

How does the charity donation work?

ASICS will donate £2 to the mental health charity Mind for every participant who registers for the 2021 ASICS World Ekiden. The funds raised will help Mind to empower and support people experiencing a mental health problem. Mind are a registered charity in England (no. 219830) and a registered company in England and Wales (no. 424348).

For questions about the ASICS World Ekiden 2021—including how to register, how the virtual race will work, or where you can find the leaderboard—view our FAQs Here.