Overall Director of the Ultra-Trail Mt. Fuji Race Committee
First of all, we would like to express our deep sympathy to the victims of the novel coronavirus that has been spreading around the world.
We also wish those infected with the virus a quick recovery, and those who are experiencing hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak a safe way out of their difficult situation as soon as possible.
Over the past months the UTMF Race Committee has been discussing whether to hold the UTMF2020, while closely following the development of the coronavirus outbreak.
Unfortunately, we have not seen any sign that the spread of the virus has been contained or even slowed in Japan or around the world.
Under present circumstances, it is impossible to eliminate the risk of infection for the UTMF racers, volunteers, and staff members even if we employ various preventive measures, since the race requires participants to stay and work long hours in aid stations (where food and beverages are served, first aid and rescue activities are conducted, and people take naps, etc.), engage in rescue activities around the race course, and interact with many people at check-in stations, equipment check stations, and the start and goal venues. We therefore have concluded that we are unable to provide a safe environment for people involved with the race.
Moreover, travel restrictions are now in place in many countries around the world, which is making it difficult for international racers to arrive in Japan. These issues have together led us to cancel the UTMF2020.
We apologize for causing great trouble to racers who have been training and preparing for this race, volunteers who have participated in the course maintenance thus far, volunteers who were planning to work during the race, and UTMF supporters including sponsors, companies participating in the UTMF Expo, public and private organizations, and local people.
Since this is a special and extremely difficult circumstance, we offer special measures for racers including granting priority entry rights for the next year’s UTMF and an entry fee discount. Please see the appendix for greater detail.
Around the end of April we are going to share more information by sending emails to racers, and by posting on the official UTMF website and Facebook.
We are still committed to the idea of sharing with people around the world the importance of taking on challenges, and of the attractiveness of trail running in the beautiful atmosphere and environment around Mt. Fuji.
We appreciate your understanding and continued support.