Okutama Ekiden

With a 66-year heritage and a beautiful six-leg course extending along a mountain rail line, the Okutama Ekiden is the quintessential open Japanese ekiden. Held on the first Sunday of December, usually under the clear blue skies and comfortably cool air that marks late autumn in the Kanto area, it’s a highly competitive race, opposing about 120 open division men’s teams, as well as high school and college squads. The out-and-back course gains altitude over the first three legs before dropping back down. The legs range in distance from 6.5 to 8.5 kilometers. A 4-person women’s ekiden is held on a short course with each leg averaging around 3 kilometers.

The Okutama Ekiden is a key event for Namban Rengo. If you want to enter this race, contact us by the beginning of October.

Here are Namban Rengo top performances over the years:

                                                                                             
Best Finishes
MenWomen
4th - 1989 (117)5th - 2014 (48)
4th - 1991 (112)8th - 1991 (46)
5th - 1990 (118)10th - 2014 (48)
12th - 2001 (11910th - 1993 (49)
17th - 2002 (110)12th - 1994 (54)
18th - 1998 (128)12th - 1998 (57)
20th - 1999 (122)14th - 2007 (46)
22nd - 1994 (119)14th - 2008 (33)
22nd - 1996 (105)15th - 1996 (65)
26th - 2014 (114)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Mens Leg#1
2010—2014 (7.4km)1989—2009 (8.5km)
Joe Stowe24’04”2011Ian Harpur25’26”1991
Brett Larner26’34”2011Brendan Reilly25’44”1989
Ryosuke Suzuki26’47”2012Brendan Reilly26’17”1990
Michael Tandler26’48”2010Taro Agui27’43”2003
Gildas Tuffin27’16”2014Greg Shuttleworth28’39”2001
Tadhg Meany27’182013Don McMillan28’48”1995
Tadhg Meany27’25”2014Brett Larner28’51”2006
Ryosuke Suzuki28’05”2014Christian Sommer29’05”2008
Ryosuke Suzuki28’09”2013John Cullen29’06”1989
Teriyuki Minegishi29’14”2011Kimitaka Kuribayashi29’06”1997
Anthony Kraft29’21”2010Don McMillan29’07”1994
Derek Leong29’37”2012Greg Shuttleworth29’14”2002
Randy Stevens29’15”1993
Brett Larner29’16”2005
Thapa29’52”1999
Ed Clease29’52”2008
Bob Poulson29’56’1990
Allen Pettau30’15’2000
Kiyo Yoshida30’28”2006
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Mens Leg#2
1993—2014 (8.4km)1989—1992 (8.3km)
Taro Agui27’57”2002Brendan Reilly26’00”1991
Zak Reynolds28’08”2001
Brett Larner28’12”2008
Bob Poulson29’13”1992
Kimitaka Kuribayashi29’22”2004
Takayuki Watanabe29’37”1994
Brett Larner29’44”2004
Jason Garrett29’50”1999
Takayuki Watanabe29’55”1995
Brett Larner30’14”2010
Jay Johannesen30’18”2003
Christian Butzek30’20”2010
Ed Clease30’21”2007
Bob Poulson30’27”1998
Michael Glenn30’36’2001
Mike Currinder30’46”2011
Brett Larner30’48”2014
Steve Mattina31’01”2004
Mike Currinder31’042012
Greg Stevens31’04”2011
Brett Larner31’06”2013
Scott Clark31’10”1993
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Mens Leg #3
1993-2002,2012-2014 (6.6km)2003—2011 (6.5km)1989—1992 (6.7km)
Ken Kuroiwa23’27”1995Gordon Kanki-Knight24’13”2008Joe Green21’36”1989
Mick Galvin23’35”1995George Nicholson24’52”2011
Jason Garrett24’07”1998Robert Koeppler24’54”2010
Henry Kelly24’30”2014Juergen Wittstock25’19”2006
Eric Lebrasseur26’04”2013Zach Griffen25’31”2005
Derek Leong26’28”2013Bob Poulson26’01”2011
Raymond Campbell28’02”2013Shosaku Yamada26’06”2004
Emil Truszkowski28’40”2014Terry Minegishi26’13”2010
Arnout Baneke29’36”2012Subash Shankar26’17”2005
Taro Oguchi29’44”2012Brian Baker26’21”2004
Bob Poulson26’23”2004
Bernd Plagge27’09”2011
Keren Miers27’36”2005
Bernd Plagge27’09”2011
Keren Miers27’36”2005
                                                                                                                                                                                 
Mens Leg #4
1993—2002,2012-2014 (6.6km)2003—2011 (6.3km)1989—1992 (6.7km)
Duane Walker22’17”1998Paddy O’Connor23’19”2010Ian Harpur20’29”1989
Alex Wreth22’43”2001Juergen Wittstock23’39”2005
Bob Poulson23’06”1993Bob Poulson24’05”2007
Brett Larner23’14”1999Paddy O’Connor24’21”2011
Stan Chow24’11”2014Bob Poulson25’03”2003
Steve Karnas24’42”2014Jon Morrell25’42”2009
Frank Marsillo26’26”2012Kenji Shiba25’58”2004
Brad Wainwright27’11”2012
Sam Sorkin27’38”2014
Cam Brett29’28”2013
Nick Coyle29’31”2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Mens Leg #5
1993—2014 (8.4km)1989—1992 (8.3km)
Marco Grillo27’47”2001Mark Blimling26’03”1989
Bob Poulson29’14”1994
Duane Walker29’17”2000
Chris Winter29’28”2014
Michael Glenn29’31”1996
Thapa29’38”1998
Juergen Wittstock30’13”1999
Michael Glenn30’23”1995
Juergen Wittstock30’33”2003
Alex Wreth30’41”2000
Brett Larner30’47”1997
Mark Feeley31’08”1999
Bob Poulson31’08”2006
Scott Clark31’15”1993
Jon Kent-Uritam31’37”2012
Gildas Tuffin31’42”2013
Chad Clark31’46”2008
Terry Minegishi32’03”2009
Arnaud Dupont32’07”2014
Peter Allen32’12”2000
Colin Fulton32’12”2002
Joe Draper32’54”1998
Keren Miers32’59”2007
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Mens Leg #6
2010—2014 (7.4km)1989—2009 (8.5km)
Ryosuke Suzuki26’57”2011Patrick O’Grady25’31”1989
Alan Cannon27’11”2014Ian Harpur25’40”1990
Teryukii Minegishi27’59”2012Patrick O’Grady25’57”1991
Bob Poulson28’18”2013Adam Osborne27’30”2001
Alex Fluery28’26”2010Adam Osborne27’34”2002
Anthony Kraft29’37”2012Mick Galvin28’35”1989
Taro Oguchi29’54”2010Bob Poulson28’35”1991
Alistair Bibby30’58”2013Bob Poulson28’43”1995
Jon Morrell31’02”2011Kimitaka Kuribayashi28’49”1998
Richard Bysouth31’56”2014Bob Poulson28’50”1996
Brett Larner29’01”2005
Kimitaka Kuribayashi29’05”1996
Takayuki Watanabe29’15”1993
Olly O’Neill29’15”1994
Bob Poulson29’29”1992
Jay Johannesen29’32”2008
Paul Carr29’35”1993
Allen Pettau29’51”2000
Greg Shuttleworth30’07”2007
Don McMillan30’14”1990
Michael Glenn31’10”2000
Peter Allen31’49”2002
Ken Kuroiwa32’35”1998
Pete Lyons32’47”2001
Pete Lyons32’52”2000
Dan Newman32’56”2003
Peter Allen33’06”2000
Kenji Shiba33’34”2002
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Womens Finishes (2010—2014)
Leg #1 (3.6km)Leg #2 (3.6km)Leg #3 (3.9km)
Anna Novick13’52”2014Carolyn Kim13’00”2014Janene Marks14’28”2014
Alana Vandeghinste14’29”2012Aki Hoshino13’12”2012Carolyn Kim15’01”2013
Kylie Breeze14’31”2011Aki Hoshino13’26”2013Satohi Numasawa15’02”2012
Rie Onodera14’35”2014Yoshiko Katakura13’43”2011Aki Hoshino15’27”2014
Rie Onodera14’36”2011Yoshiko Katakura14’00”2010Yuki Seshimo15’51”2013
Mika Tokairin15’15”2010Satohi Numasawa14’05”2014Mika Tokairin16’07”2011
Mika Tokairin15’19”2013Yoshiko Katakura14’17”2012Chika Kanai16’33”2010
Satohi Numasawa15’21”2013Yoshiko Katakura14’18”2013Chika Kanai16’34”2011
Junko Hosoi15’46”2012Talia Wells14’41”2011Aiko Orishige16’39”2012
Yukiko Shimada14’47”2013Madeleine Chadwick16’40”2014
NOTE: Distances not correct - Leg 1 is obviously longer than leg 2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Womens Finishes (1996—2009)
Leg #1 (3.5km)Leg #2 (3.6km)
Mara Yamauchi12’14”1998Jennifer Graff12’03”1996
Yuri Kanbara12’36”2007Natalie Seaman12’37”2002
Ma Siu Fong13’12”1996Ma Siu Fong12’52”1998
Masako Konishi13’18”2005Lynne O’Donnell13’23”2009
Gill Walker14’04”1997Ma Siu Fong13’29”2001
Taeko Hara14’09”1999Mika Tokairin13’43”2007
Yoshiko Katakura13’51”2009
Leg #3 (2.3km)Leg #4 (2.6km)
Gill Walker8’17”1996Jane Jensz9’59”1996
Akiko Cook8’43”1998Amanda Crabbe10’09”1998
Meg Pritchard9’20”2007Mika Tokairin10’11”2004
Satohi Numasawa9’21”2005Mary Eckstein10’17”2006
Chika Kanai9’43”2009Satohi Numasawa10’24”2009
Keiko McGrath9’52”1999Rieko Trees10’32”2002
Sally Sumihiro10’44”2000
NOTE: Distances may not be correct, especially #2 (long) & #3 (short)


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