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Run together, uplift the world.

Run with your friends and race the global community. Join the Japanese-inspired ASICS World Ekiden and discover the power of teamwork to uplift the world. All levels are encouraged to participate.

Ekiden Runners on track.

First, register for free.

Start by creating or joining a team of up to six runners. Each teammate will run between 5K and 10K, totaling a marathon’s 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. On race day, you'll use the app to track your run.

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Race days are November 10–22.

During the official race period, log your leg of the 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.

It’s time to move your mind.

As you train and race with your teammates, participate in our global study on the uplifting effect of movement on the mind. Use the Mind Uplifter™ tool to see the positive impact of movement and exercise on your mind.

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History Card

A heritage of harmony.

The Ekiden is a Japanese relay that's all about teamwork and friendly rivalry—resulting in a shared feeling of harmony and uplift. During the race, runners pass along a tasuki (or sash) as fast as possible, and while each leg is run separately, teams compete as one.

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Celebrate and share.

Reach your goal, post your race results, and share your Mind Uplift with friends and family on social. Make sure to tag #ASICSWorldEkiden.

Gear to keep you running strong.

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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. (Make sure to download or open the app using the link provided in your ASICS World Ekiden 2021 registration confirmation email.) Once you're in the app, navigate to the Explore tab for iOS, or Races tab on Android. 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 and navigate to the Explore tab for iOS, or Races tab on Android. Select "ASICS World Ekiden 2021" and tap "Track Race Now." Start running! Once your distance is completed, hit "Pause" then "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 10th, leaderboard results will be updated in real time here. Results are not official until the race window has closed on November 22, 2021.

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 for iOS, or "Races" tab on Android 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 same tab of your Runkeeper app.

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, log your run using your fitness tracker as usual. Then, on your mobile device, tap the link in your registration email that will take you to your race dashboard. On the race dashboard, tap the "Connect to my app" button. Add the ASICS Runkeeper app to your tracker or watch. Select "Link recent activity" to submit an activity that you have completed on your Apple Watch, Garmin or Fitbit. Once you've selected your recent activity, hit "Save." Your results will be automatically posted. More details here.

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.