Mount Fuji Ultra Trail
Kawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
At 5: 17 on this Saturday morning, the 19th of May, the familiar shape of the Fuji volcano reflects against the Nishi Fuji rice fields. Suddenly, the silhouette of a runner enters the scene. Having begun fourteen hours earlier, the participants of this first running of the Mount Fuji Ultra Trail are emerging from a particularly challenging night run. Farther ahead, on the endless ridge leading to Lake Motusu-Ko, Julien Chorrier is the sole leader. Twenty-nine hours will have passed between Julien's finish and that of the last two runners, Seiji Okamato and Ryu Kodama. At different paces, but with the same satisfaction of having accomplished this race.