of the Ekiden
Every year, we introduce a Relay Collection, inspired by style and culture of our favorite races around the world. This year, we celebrate Japan’s ekiden, long-distance relay races that captivate the nation and establish a pipeline of world-class runners, forged in the fire of these epic multi-day competitions. Paying homage to the pageantry of the Hakone Ekiden, a 218-kilometer race from Tokyo to Hakone contested by Japan’s top universities, this 2:09 Mesh split short features the bold colors of the flags of the Tokyo Metropolis and is designed for long-distance running.
Collection illustrations by Tokyo artist, Hiroki Nishiyama.
"Serious runners require serious running shorts. And nobody designs more serious running kits than Tracksmith."
— GQ Fitness
Soft, Breathable And Moisture-Wicking 2:09 Mesh
Lined Mesh Split Shorts
3” Inseam, High Rise (Sits Just Under Belly Button)
Two Internal Pockets For Fuel
82% Polyester / 18% Spandex Mesh With Antimicrobial Finish
Tumble Dry Low
Edo Purple &
Ekiden are a riot of color. Every team proudly displays their affiliation and aims to stand out for the thousands of fans lining the roads, waving university flags and cheering in support. For our kits, we selected Edo purple and vivid green, emblems of the Tokyo Metropolis. Edo purple is a traditional Japanese color that became fashionable during the vibrant Edo period. The green is drawn from the symbol of Tokyo, featuring three vivid green arcs in a ginko leaf-shaped T.
Made from the same 2:09 Mesh used in our Van Cortlandt Collection, but cut in a split short silhouette like our Twilight Splits, the Ekiden Shorts feature a 2.5” inseam and two internal pockets for fuel. With a mesh antimicrobial liner and drawstring waistband, these are easy-fitting shorts for running long distances.
Racing In Izumo
In recent years, a team of Ivy League athletes has traveled to Japan to try their hand at racing the Izumo Ekiden. They learn quickly just how intense the racing is and just how avid the fan-base can be. Brett Larner reported from the 2015 edition in METER.
A matching singlet completes the full Ekiden Kit. Made from our 2:09 Mesh, our Ekiden Singlet ships with a special-edition tasuki sash.