Ruy Ueda Simply Set 4 FKTs On Mt. Fuji — On the Identical Day

Japanese runner Ruy Ueda grew to become the undisputed king of one of many nation’s ‘Three Holy Mountains’ on July 13.

4 separate trails result in the summit of Mount Fuji (12,388 toes). By popularity, they’re fairly arduous — with every taking the typical hiker about 10 hours.

Ruy Ueda ran all 4 of them in much less time than that — 9 hours and alter.

(Picture/Suguru Saito, Crimson Bull)

On Wednesday, the 28-year-old Japanese mountain runner accomplished the 35.5-mile circuit and its 22,000-plus toes of elevation change. When he stopped his watch on the finish, it learn 9 hours, 55 minutes, and 41 seconds.

Ueda thus secured the quickest recognized time (FKT) of the “Mt. Fuji in One Stroke” route. He smashed the earlier document by just below 2 hours.

“I’m simply actually pleased to interrupt the document at this symbolic Mt. Fuji and stunned myself as effectively with the time of beneath 10 hours,” he instructed Crimson Bull after the feat.

The FKT circuit consolidates spherical journeys of the 4 major trails that result in the highest of Mt. Fuji: Fujinomiya, Gotemba, Subashiri, and Yoshida. To pursue the document, Ueda employed a closed loop technique.

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(Picture/Suguru Saito, Crimson Bull)

Ending 4 FKTs on Fuji

Beginning at 4:51 a.m. native time, Ueda first raced up the Fujinomiya path. Then, he yo-yoed up and down all three different paths earlier than circling the summit crater to descend Fujinomiya for the spherical journey’s last leg. He checked again into the trailhead beneath at 2:46 p.m. native time.

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It’s a Guinness World Report for the runner born in Nagano, Japan, who has run professionally in high-altitude races since 2013. In 2021, he grew to become the primary Asian Skyrunning World Champion when he received the Males’s Vertical Kilometer in Lleida, Spain.

“Mt. Fuji in One Stroke” is an extended route than Ueda’s used to. To coach, he labored with ultrarunner Florian Neuschwander in Europe. Whereas there, he additionally ran (and positioned) in high-altitude races in Hochkönig, Austria, and Mont Blanc, France.

Ueda mentioned his objective for the Mt. Fuji FKT was easy: to show his dwelling nation’s pure wonders.

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(Picture/Suguru Saito, Crimson Bull)

“When fascinated with the present state of affairs on the earth and what I can do as a path runner, this ‘Mt. Fuji in One Stroke’ undertaking got here to life as a approach to showcase Japan’s magnificence,” he mentioned.

“In fact, if individuals begin taking an curiosity in path operating after seeing this, then that might even be a giant win.”

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