This is Tsuyoshi Kaburaki, overall Race Director of the UTMF.
I have a very important announcement to make.
The UTMF has been shortened to 49km finishing at A3.
The reason is because the heavy storm warning put forth by Fuji-shi and Fujinomiya-shi has not been repealed at this point in time.
Our staff also went to the Tenshi Mtn area discovered that even if the warning were to be repealed, it would be very difficult for us to first and foremost ensure your safety and protect the environment.
I know that many of you have come from all over the world and as a trail runner myself it has been a very painful decision for me to make.
However, your safety is my utmost concern and priority and given this, this is the decision I have made and I ask for your understanding.