GREAT RACE

Reuniting to Run: Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji

"GREAT RACE" is a documentary series that follows extreme races covering hundreds of miles and challenging the limits of body and spirit. The runners say the races have changed their lives.

Mt. Fuji's Ultra-Trail race was back on track in April of 2022 after a two-year hiatus brought about by the COVID pandemic. One of Japan's longest trail races, the event attracted runners. The 100-mile course through the ever-changing scenery of the World Heritage Site takes even the strongest contestant at least 20 hours of continuous running to complete. Trail-runners had to brave the precipitous rocky slopes and slippery mud that make the Mt. Fuji Ultra-Trail a uniquely challenging run. The thrilling competition drew a Who's Who of Japan's top trail runners, and a world ultramarathon champion who boasted, "a hundred miles is a short-distance race." Along with these stars, we meet female athletes who pulled off high-ranking finishing times to best many other runners of both sexes. We also encounter a legendary runner in his 50s who started at the back and overtook more than 1,000 rivals — all while partaking in friendly banter. Join us to witness the drama of runners pushing their limits in the beautiful setting of Mt. Fuji.