Teams can enroll in five different categories. You can register a team as a business team, friends team, sports club, school team and Athletics Federation competition team. Also there is a 1 km Kidsrun. Preceding the Ekiden start.

Information Organisation Contest Regulations Terms and Conditions

Ekiden, a Japanese tradition
Ekiden is a running race with Japanese roots and has a great tradition in Japan. The original concept was intended as a communication and transport system. Ekiden is a combination of two words in Japanese. Eki means “place” and Den stands for “delivery”. Important documents and messages were passed on to each other in this way by different runners. The pile of documents is symbolized in modern Ekiden by a Sash; the ‘Tasuki’, which is passed on to the next runner.
Running is extremely popular in Japan. The Ekiden is best known in Japan because of the many Ekidens that rival universities organize among themselves. The popularity can be compared with the well-known rowing competition in England between the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge. The Ekiden is not just running or a road race in Japan. It is a Japanese tradition.

The Ekiden Run Amsterdam is a relay, where a team of six runners complete together the magical marathon distance of 42.195 km. Each team member runs his own distance divided over the following distances 5km-10km-5km-10km-5km-7.2 km. The hand over to the next runner is done by passing on the Tasuki, the sash will hang from the shoulder, diagonally across the chest, to the hip.
The result is the total accumulated time of the six runners; the marathon time. It is therefore important that all six runners do their best to achieve the fastest possible team performance. Because of the team aspect, it makes the Ekiden very popular among companies.

Start and finish:
All first runners of all categories start simultaneously at 11.00 am. Start en finish area is located in the Amstelpark. Finishing is done in the switch box. Runners 1 to 5 will hand over the Tasuki (sash) to the next runner. Important for the time registration is that the runners leave in the order as mentioned in the notification.

Instead of a relay baton, a Tasuki is used. This is a sash, one end of which ends in a loop. While running, the Tasuki is carried crosswise over the shoulder (visible on the body), with the loose end being pulled through the loop.

Start for the last runners
In order to allow the Ekiden Run Amsterdam to proceed as quickly as possible, an extra start will take place for the last runners at 14.00. These runners will get their own chip that is linked to their team performance, this ensures that the end result of a team is not affected. Participants in the extra start can run the course without Tasuki.

The Ekiden Run Amsterdam is organized in cooperation between Athletics Club AAC Amsterdam and sports management agency SportInspiration



Registration and changes

All teams must be registered in advance.
The composition of the team and changes to it must be submitted by June 10th, 2018 at the latest. The team runs in the specified order which is given by the team upon registration. When an team runs in an different order, the team can be disqualified.

Order and distances

Total distance is 42,195 km

1st runner: 5 km 1 round of 5 km
2nd runner: 10 km 2 rounds of 5 km
3rd runner: 5 km 1 round of 5 km
4th runner: 10 km 2 rounds of 5 km
5th runner: 5 km 1 round of 5 km
6th runner: 7.195 km 1 lap of 7.195 km

Composition of the teams
• A team consists of 6 runners
• The team may be mixed depending on the category in which the team is running.
• It is forbidden for teams to sign up for more than one category.
• It is forbidden for runners to register with more than one team.
• The name of the team may be chosen freely provided that no spelling terms are used.
• Runners of a Federation Running Team must all be in possession of an Athletics Union competition license to be included in the results.
• When registering, the order of the runners must be determined. Change is possible see ‘Registration and Changes’.
• If the team is incomplete on the day of the event, the team may use substitutes. The substitute runners may be part of the team, provided this is reported before 10.00 on 17 June 2018.

There are five different categories in which a team can register.

1.Federation Running Teams (licence all runners needed)
Athletes with a license at the Athletics Union or the IAAF. Mixed teams fall under the men category.

2. Company teams
Six team members from the same company, up to two runners from another company.
1. Men
2. Mixed (at least 2 women)

3. Friends teams
1. Men
2. Mixed (at least 2 women)

4.School teams
1. Men’s teams
2. Mixed (at least 2 women)

5. Sport teams
1. Men’s teams
2. Woman teams
3. Mixt teams

Starting number, chip and Tasuki
• The race number must be worn on the chest. The advertisements on the race number must be visible at all times.
• The last number on the start number indicates the order.
• Except for the restart at 14.00, the next runner may only start when the sash; the Tasuki, has been surrendered.
• The Tasuki must be worn over the shoulder around the chest.
• The chip is on loan and must be returned to the organization at the end of the event. In the unlikely event that the chip is not returned, it can be sent to: Praam 109 … .. in Amstelveen.
• The Tasuki, chip and start numbers receive the team captain in an envelope when registering the team.
• Attempts are made to register the individual running time for each runner. But the end time of the team is of course the most important.
• Guidance of team members on the course (on foot or with any other means of transport) is not permitted in connection with the safety and inconvenience of participants. Any violations can lead to disqualification of the team in question.

Change box/competition area
The Tasuki is handed to the next runner in the indicated change box/competition area. Finishing is done in the change box/competition area. Runners 1 to 5 will hand over the Tasuki (sash) to the next runner. Runners must ensure that they are present on time in the change box/competition area while awaiting their teammate.

Article 1: Definitions
In these general terms and conditions, the following definitions apply:
1. Event: a running competition organized by the company: SportInspiration
2. The participant: natural person, not acting as an entrepreneur, who has registered for participation in the Event in a manner permitted by the organizer.
3. Agreement: the agreement for participation of the Participant in the Event.
4. Organizer: SportInspiration. (kvk number 34275748) located in Amstelveen.

Article 2: General conditions
• Participation in the Event is only possible by natural persons who on the day of the event have reached the minimum age of 14 set by the organizer for the component.
• The teams may take part in the event if the registration form has been filled in completely and truthfully, if the registration fee has been paid in full and the team has agreed to the general terms and conditions. The Organizer reserves the right to remove registrations with false personal details at any time.
• The participant is responsible for the fulfillment of his task within his / her team. In the unlikely event that the participant cannot take part him/her self, it is possible to submit another person, this must be communicated in time to the organizer.(see registration and changes).When the change is not communicated to the Organizer, the name will be used under which is registered. This also applies to the name of the team.
• The Participant undertakes, upon registration, to pay the registration fee regardless of actual participation.
• If the Event cannot continue due to exceptional circumstances, no refund of the registration fee will take place.
• The Organizer may decide to terminate, suspend or cancel the Event prematurely due to exceptional circumstances. In these cases no refund of the registration fee will take place. With exceptional circumstances is meant extreme weather conditions such as storm, excessive rainfall and other extreme natural influences (force majeure).
• A decision by the Organizer to not proceed with the Event does not incur any liability for reimbursement of the costs incurred by the Participant.

Article 3 Liability
• Participation is at your own risk. The Organizer is not liable for any form of damage that the participant may suffer as a result of participation, unless this damage is the direct result of the organizer by intent or gross negligence. This exclusion of liability also applies to personal injury or death.
• If, in spite of the provisions of the first paragraph of this article, liability of the Organizer for damage of the Participant has to be assumed, the obligation of the Organizer to compensate this damage is limited to a maximum of the amount that the insurer of the Organizer has to pay of that damage.
• The Participant must be insured against the risk of damage that he or some one of next kin may suffer as a result of his injury, illness or death, caused by his participation in the event.
• The Participant declares to be familiar with the fact that participation requires good health in both a physical and mental sense. He also declares that he meets this requirement and has sufficiently prepared himself for the event through training or otherwise. The Organizer expressly advises the Participant to have a sports medical examination in connection with the participation in the Event.
• The participant indemnifies the Organizer against damage that third parties may suffer as a result of an act or omission attributable to the Participant with regard to the Event. The participant must be adequately insured against the risk of liability for the said damage.
• Sponsors of the Event and the City, municipality in which the event takes place are excluded from liability on the same basis as the Organizer.

Article 4 Portrait right

The Participant grants permission in advance to the Organizer and its partners for the disclosure of photos, images and the like made during or around the Event, on which the Participant is visible.

Article 5 Personal data
The personal data provided by the participant are recorded by the organizer in a file. When concluding the agreement, the participant gives permission to the organizer to use the personal data for sending information to the participant and for providing the personal data to the organizer and its partners for the purpose of sending information to the participant. The Participant may at all times be free to indicate in writing or by e-mail an objection to the sending of information by the Organizer or against the provision of personal data, after which the Organizer will stop that sending or that providing. By entering into the Agreement, the Participant grants permission to the Organizer to publish his name and race results, for example by means of publication in newspapers and via the internet.