With this newest special edition colorway, Nike Hakone pays homage to Japan’s Ekiden season, in which multiple multi-stage relay marathons are held across the nation.
The most popular contemporary Ekiden race in Japan is the Hakone Ekiden which consists of teams of 10 male students from universities across Tokyo – and it’s the country’s most-watched annual sporting event. The 2022 Hakone Ekiden took place on the 2nd and 3rd of January, so we are not beating the event to market, but look forward to celebrating the energy it brings to running globally.
Televised nationally, the event attracts millions of spectators and is considered to display many aspects of Japanese culture such as individual perseverance, identity within a group, and allegiance to a major university. It was estimated that last year’s Ekiden event had just over half of the entire Japanese population tuning in at some point in the race. The event is held over the span of two days and each runner covers just over a half marathon before passing on to the next teammate.
Grab your pair of this highly allocated color of Nike’s top-of-the-line racing shoe before it sells out!
*Note: Sizes are listed in Mens sizing. For Womens sizing, add 1.5 (i.e. Men’s 8 = Women’s 9.5)