The Echigo Ultra is an ultramarathon I created in the wake of another trail race in Niigata being canceled unnecessarily and unexpectedly due to fear.
This DIY race presented a great opportunity for me to showcase some of the beauty of Niigata (the region formerly known as “Echigo”) in the fall, and challenge myself to run farther than I ever had before. It was also a chance to ask a central question to those I met on the way: “What’s the most important thing in life?”
While the concept, distance, and outcome of this race went through some large and (sometimes unplanned) evolutions and changes, in the end it was a wonderful experience. Running technique-wise. Introspection-wise. Building-up-more-mental-and-physical-endurance-than-you-had-before…wise.
Lots of planning, support from those closest to me, and many little serendipitous things — and difficult challenges — made the first ever Echigo Ultra a 61-miler like no other.
I hope you enjoy the video!
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There is no new normal. There is only old weird, and it is always fresh. It’s the future. Check out Voluntary Japan’s latest DIY event in partnership with the great and inspiring Ken Pence, and take a time machine to a retro future present, where events that bring joy are not canceled over psy-op mass hysteria bullshit, and community, family, joy, fun, dancing, singing, working, playing, and individual freedom still matter most, and are pinnacle.
Being as most marathons and festivals here in Japan are canceled now, we decided to run down Niigata’s picturesque Sasagawa Nagare coastline and take it all in. Sights, sounds, smells, food, drink, conversation with folks along the way. In other words, you can’t cancel a decentralized, DIY event so easy.
Running for peace. Running for EatBCH, a charity that uses bitcoin cash to feed people that need food in South Sudan and Venezuela. Running just to run.
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