Join the global ASICS Ekiden event on the RunKeeper app or here, compete against teams from all over the world and challenge our Keller Sports staff. At the end, we'll send one team on an unforgettable journey!

After a remarkable first year with over 56,000 participants, ASICS has announced a second annual ASICS World Ekiden to be held November 10-22, 2021. True to the motto: "Run together, uplift the world," the relay race aims to raise awareness about the positive effects of exercise on mental health. In doing so, ASICS will donate 2€ to  Deutsche Depressionshilfe for every runner who registers for Ekiden 2021.

ASICS World Ekiden event kicks off for charity

What does Ekiden mean?

Ekiden comes from Japanese and refers to a long-distance relay race. The ASICS World Ekiden is the ultimate relay race based on teamwork. It invites runners of all abilities to join together in teams of up to six people.

These teams complete a marathon together, each handing over a virtual Tasuki. The Tasuki is a narrow band of cloth that is actually passed between runners as a baton and is the symbol of the Ekiden.

Compete with your team in the ASICS World Ekiden event and win great prizes.

How can I participate in the ASICS World Ekiden 2021?

To have a chance to win the prize at Keller Sports you need to follow these steps:

  1. Register in the ASICS RunKeeper app or directly HERE.
  2. In the app you will find the ASICS World Ekiden Event as a banner or under the menu item "Race" - here you can register yourself and your friends as a team captain.
  3. Very IMPORTANT: your team name must contain "Keller Sports", then you have a chance to win our prize.
  4. Each of you will run a selected distance between 5km and 10km (sections are 5km, 5km, 10km, 5km, 10km, 7,195km) between November 10th and 22nd - your performance doesn't matter, you just have to complete the distance.

And what is the prize?

At ASICS World Ekiden, teamwork comes first. That's why you can also win an experience for the whole team. We will send your entire TEAM including starting place, flight and accommodation for a weekend to the Paris Marathon on the weekend of April 3, 2022! As an added motivation, we'll send you an ASICS apparel and footwear package in the spring to get you perfectly prepared for the weekend.

The winner will be chosen live via our Instagram channel. It doesn't matter what time you end up with, because every team with "Keller Sports" in the team name has a chance.

At the ASICS World Ekiden Event you can win a trip and a starting place at the Paris Marathon.

How does the ASICS World Ekiden 2021 run?

So sign up and divide the following relay sections in your team: 5km, 5km, 10km, 5km, 10km, 7.195km; so in total a total marathon distance of 42.195km - divided among 6 runners. The Tasuki will be passed digitally between the team members, you just have to track your respective distance.