ASICS has launched the second edition of its World Ekiden, a free virtual event taking place from November 10-22, 2021.
Inspired by the form of racing popular in Japan, the ASICS World Ekiden last year brought together 56,000 people from 179 countries.
Spilt into six legs of varying distances (three of 5km, two of 10km and one of a 7.2km), the ASICS World Ekiden will see teams pass a digital "tasuki" – a narrow band of fabric associated with traditional Ekidens – between them as they run a combined virtual marathon.
ASICS states the event is part of a continued mission to uplift the world through sport. Those who sign up for the ASICS Ekiden in Europe will automatically raise funds for organisations championing movement for positive mental health.
Gary Raucher, Executive Vice President, ASICS EMEA, said: “ASICS was founded out of adversity. A direct response to a world in crisis in 1949. Our founder Kihachiro Onitsuka recognised the power of sport to lift people’s spirits. Throughout 2021, ASICS is on a mission to inspire as many people as possible to experience the uplifting impact of movement on the mind as a way of achieving a sound mind in a sound body. Back for its second year, the ASICS World Ekiden 2021 is one of the many events we’re hosting across the year that we hope will inspire people to get involved. We’re excited for runners of all levels and abilities everywhere to unite in their teams and combine their collective efforts as they race towards the virtual finish line.”
How to take part in the ASICS World Ekiden 2021
- REGISTER FOR FREE
· Find your team of up to six runners and nominate a team captain to sign-up for free from October 4 via the ASICS Runkeeper app or the OneASICS membership programme.
- TRAIN & TRACK
· Working together is key to the Ekiden relay. The Runkeeper app will help you collaborate with your team on challenges and training plans.
- RUN THE RACE
· Log your leg of the race in the Runkeeper app between November 10-22. Work hard and run fast as you pass the virtual tasuki from one teammate to the next.
- CELEBRATE & SHARE