A Late Summer Ultra Marathon In Kyoto : Tango Ultra Marathon

Truthfully, ever since my completion of Fujisan Marathon in 2014, I’ve set my mind to do the race again in 2015. But for past few months, there is this one race that caught my eyes; for the race itself, for the scenery along the race route and for the fact that it falls a day before my 40th birthday!

I figured, what a great way to celebrate my 40th birthday than to finish an ultra marathon in such a scenic route!
The International Friendship Tango 100KM Ultra Marathon, an ultra-marathon in the northern part of Kyoto and will be held on Sep 20th, 2015 this year for the 15th time. (Click here for the Japanese link)

It has two categories.

100KM with a 14-hours cut-off and littered with killer inclines. The clincher is the hill section towards the final section of the course. 18,000yen registration fee.

60KM with a 9-hours and 30 minutes cut-off and much kinder (i.e. flatter route) compared to the 10OK category and with 13,000yen registration fee.
Photo credit : Tango Ultra Marathon 2014 website.
The International Friendship Tango 100km Ultra earned the silver label recognition from the International Association of Ultra Runners (IAU) in 2014 and aims to invite runners from overseas, as there are no borders in running.

Registration for the ultra marathon has already been open since Mar 20th to Jul 24th and will close when the capacity is full. The number of participants are capped at 4,000 runners; with 2,600 runners for 100km category and 1,400 runners for 60km category.

Information on registration can be found at their English page. Click here.
 Course and elevation map.
 Cut off time and CPs
Area map
Access Information. Click for bigger image.
For anyone interested in joining, do get your accommodation sorted early because I find plenty of hotels around the area have been fully booked. 
I do hope I can join this. We'll see. ^^


  1. that would be nice to do something different and something you like on your birthday..

    go go go!! make your plans and materialise it!!! tell yourself "I AM COMING, KYOTO!!"..


    1. Lotsa thing to check since the place is not in the city.

      At the moment, I haven't registered yet. Not until I can get my accomodation sorted out.

  2. i would be ready by FB and see Mak Glam post photos of the scenery while she is running!!

    oooh, must be very beautiful lah.. i mean the scenery, as well as Mak Glam lah~~


    1. Hahaha

      Or maybe, I'll totally forgets to snap photos because I'm busy enjoying the scenery. ;)

  3. wow....go for it! Can eat bento and ramen also! How I wish!!

  4. What you mean hope? Registration open right? Go go go!

    1. Hotel sudah almost full.

      Dunwan sleep on the kaki lima. Lol

  5. That's great! It's like a birthday gift to yourself. Go for it!

  6. Dear Lina and anyone interested in Tango Ultra Marathon 2015

    Dear Lina
    Thank you for your inquiry.
    We have received your message about accommodation.
    We will reply your message as soon as possible.

    Dear anyone interested in Tango Ultra Marathon 2015
    Hello, This is Kazuki Ishii, Tobu Toptours CO., LTD.
    We are the official travel agency of the Tango Ultra Marathon 2015.
    If anyone need a help, please let us know.
    We are happy to assist you to travel to Japan and join the event.

    Here is my contacts
    E-mail: kazuki_ishii@tobutoptours.co.jp
    TEL: +81-3-5348-2730

    Thank you

  7. Great way to celebrate your birthday. Doing something you are passionate about. Sept not far away. Jiayoh

    1. But this passion gonna cost a lot of money. Lol

  8. Good Luck in your run in Kyoto! This place is so lovely and nice but I don't think I have seen the northern areas. You could wear your bunny ears with own printed T-shirt with the words - "Hello I am Bunny Lina from Malaysia!!!"


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