Fuji Mountain Race: 22 July 2005
On July 22nd the 58th race to the top of Mount Fuji took place. There were 2716 runners endeavouring to complete the 21 km from the town of Fujiyoshida (769 metres)along the Yoshidaguchi climbing trail to the summit (3776 metres) within the time limit of 4h 30 minutes.
Approximately a third would be successful. The remainder would be sent back down the mountain without being able to reach the top.
Japanese tourist brochures will often have a picture of the shinkansen (the bullet train) speeding past Mount Fuji. This image is used to represent the new and the old in Japan. For the Japanese Mount Fuji is a national emblem and is revered as a sacred peak. Many Japanese will climb it at some stage in their lives, mostly during the July and August official climbing season. It is a mountain that can be climbed without special climbing gear but it is a tough climb and can be very treacherous with sudden changes in weather.
Ben Nevis is 1344m, Snowden 1064m and Scafell Pike is 978m as a means of comparison.
There is a Japanese proverb that says
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