Zao celebrates victory of Yoshizumi and Miyahara in Asian Skyrunning Championships 日本本土名將Toru Miyahara及Yuri Yoshizumi衛冕Zao Skyrunning 垂直千米競速賽男女冠軍

Zao celebrates victory of Yoshizumi and Miyahara in Asian Skyrunning Championships

After weeklong cloudy and rainy days, Zao mountains welcomes national delegates from four Asian countries. On Saturday September 9th, the 2nd edition of Zao Skyrunning kicked off at Zao Onsen, mountain resort with historic hot springs in Yamagata, Japan. The first day 107 runners toed line for 4.8km with 900m vertical ascent at Zao Vertical Race, Vertical Kilometer discipline of Asian Skyrunning Championships.

In competition, locals favorite Toru Miyahara and Yuri Yoshizumi both defended Asian Skyrunning Championship VK champion title (Toru Miyahara and Yuri Yoshizumi previously won 2016 MSIG Lantau VK - 2016 Asian Skyrunning Championship). Yoshizumi's remarkable record shaved two minutes off from her own of last year’s Zao VK race. These two winners awarded with JPY 100 thousand each.

As Asian Champs of 2017, 14 athletes of three national teams (South Korea, China, Philippine) and Japan's 9 athletes meet up at here, as well as many runners for open races. In total, number of participants amount to 699, including 36 from eight countries as well as Japan. In the opening ceremony, Takahiro Sato, Mayor of Yamagata, said "Zao is one of the most famous hot spring in Japan, and is at the gate for its beauty of nature and outdoor sports. We wish you all to enjoy the race, and our favorite mountains and local foods".

Runners from all across Asia gathering at the finish line of Zao Skyrunning VK race

The course of Zao Vertical Race starts at center of Zao Onsen, ascends 900m in altitude within 4.8 km in distance, and finishes at the summit of Mt. Zizo via Mt. Torikabuto. The last kilometer to finish are difficult with steep 30+ degrees sky slope and some technical rocky terrain. In the women's race, Yuri Yoshizumi takes her second straight win with 44 minutes and 41 seconds, that beats her own course record last year by 2 minutes and 13 seconds. The champion of Skyrunner Japan Series 2016, winnner of Transvulcania VK and classic Fuji Mountain Race said "It was demanding course for me, especially just a week after OCC in Mont-Blanc. Extremely happy to outrun myself who run here one year ago" with big smile. Japan's Mina Ogawa is runner-up with 48 minutes with 43 seconds, four minutes behind Yoshizumi. Yukari Hoshino takes 3rd place.

In the men's field, Toru Miyahara, Goki Nagasato, and Takashi Shinushigome from Japan dominated podium as well. Miyahara is the champion of 2016 Japan series, winner of US's prestigious Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon, and holds the course record of Fuki Mountain Race. He also takes straight second win in Zao in 37 minutes and 34 seconds. Nagasato finished in the second place, just one minute and 52 seconds to Miyahara. Shinushigome came
in the third to the finish line. Miyahara looked back his run today and said "I had been focused to Zao this summer and was rewarded enough today. Remarkable is performance of athletes younger than me”.

Issac Yuen Yunho from Hong Kong, China National Team also participated at the VK race. “The course was very technical with natural rocky trails. As a Vertical Kilometer race, the uphill was particularly steep but the view was stunning,” he shared after finish.

Another China National Team member, Yang Junhua expressed his excitement after the training run in Toyko. "I will treat the Zao VK race as my warm up and I feel ready for the Asian Skyrunning Championship. This is also my first time joining oversea race and I got my passport for this race," he said. Unfortunately, he received some bad news from his family the night he arrived in Zao and had to go back home immediately missing the chance to participate this year.

 

Result, Asian Skyrunning Championships 2017 - Vertical Kilometer


Men
1. Toru Miyahara (JPN) 0:37:34
2. Goki Nagasato (JPN) 0:39:26
3. Takashi Shinushigome (JPN) 0:40:32
4. Ryunosuke Ohmi (JPN) 0:40:48
5. Hayato Yanagisawa (JPN) 0:41:40

Women
1. Yuri Yoshizumi (JPN) 0:44:41
2. Mina Ogawa (JPN) 0:48:43
3. Yukari Hoshino (JPN) 0:54:12
4. Sora Takizawa (JPN) 1:01:04
5. Kishiko Suto (JPN) 1:02:25


日本本土名將Toru Miyahara及Yuri Yoshizumi衛冕Zao Skyrunning 垂直千米競速賽男女冠軍

日本溫泉勝地-藏王山的遊客們大多乘坐纜車到地藏山頂,而9月9日來自亞洲不同國家的107位Skyrunning垂直千米競速賽的跑手們則用奔跑的方式,用最少裝備、最快的速度衝向天空。此次2017亞洲Skyrunning冠軍賽-垂直千米競速賽:賽道總長4.8公里,總爬升900米。

日本本土名將Toru Miyahara (0:37:34) 及Yuri Yoshizumi (0:37:34) 衛冕Zao Skyrunning 垂直千米競速賽男女冠軍,值得一提的是,這兩位日本名將也曾於香港大嶼山舉辦的2016亞洲Skyrunning冠軍賽-垂直千米競速賽奪冠 (2016 MSIG Lantau VK)

來自中國香港的中國代表隊成員袁允灝 (Issac)參加了本次垂直千米競速賽。他完賽後表示:“跑道十分具有技術性,不少部分都由天然碎石小徑組成。作為垂直千米賽,跑道幾乎全由30度以上陡坡組成。風景也十分迷人。”

來自中國香港的中國代表隊成員袁允灝(Issac)於Zao Skyrunning VK比賽終點

另一位中國代表隊成員,來自中國內地的楊軍華第一次參加海外賽事,賽前有十足的把握,對Zao Skyrunning比賽非常期待,9月8日於東京練跑時表示:“我來到這裡當然兩場比賽都要參加。我會視垂直千里競速賽作為第二天的熱身賽。為了此次比賽我特意辦了護照,這也是我第一次來出國參賽。” 可惜的是,到達藏王山的當晚楊軍華因家庭緣故,連夜趕回了家鄉,無法參加是次比賽,十分遺憾。

Result, Asian Skyrunning Championships 2017 - Vertical Kilometer


Men
1. Toru Miyahara (JPN) 0:37:34
2. Goki Nagasato (JPN) 0:39:26
3. Takashi Shinushigome (JPN) 0:40:32
4. Ryunosuke Ohmi (JPN) 0:40:48
5. Hayato Yanagisawa (JPN) 0:41:40

Women
1. Yuri Yoshizumi (JPN) 0:44:41
2. Mina Ogawa (JPN) 0:48:43
3. Yukari Hoshino (JPN) 0:54:12
4. Sora Takizawa (JPN) 1:01:04
5. Kishiko Suto (JPN) 1:02:25