Mission to Seafarers launches Adventure Race Japan to support Emerging Ports Strategy

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The Mission to Seafarers has launched a new adventure race challenge event in Japan, taking place in early 2023. All sponsors and participants of this exciting race will support the Mission’s Emerging Port Strategy 2022-26, a five-year plan to develop existing operations in Asia specifically, but also globally.

The Adventure Race Japan will take place on the Izu Peninsula, Japan, regarded as a place of outstanding natural beauty and a designated UNESCO Global Geopark. The event will see teams of three take on endurance challenges including trail races, team building challenges, and a water-based element.

Designed to suit both those who are relatively new to adventure races and to those hardened athletes who are raring for a new challenge, there will be two race options, the ‘Green Dragon Race’ and the ‘Black Dragon Race’, offering the option to walk or run the trails on the first two days of the challenge. Teams will be asked to raise a minimum of US$5,000 per team, although some teams may aspire to raise more.

The Mission is on call 24/7, 365 days per year, providing help for seafarers in over 200 ports around the world. Seafarers often work in very dangerous situations, experiencing isolation, fatigue, mental and physical health issues, the risk of abandonment, shipwreck, and piracy. During COVID-19 these pre-existing issues have been exacerbated, leading to a critical situation in some cases onboard. All funds raised will go towards Mission’s frontline work to provide welfare, advocacy, mental health, and family support to these unseen key workers of the sea and develop Missions’ strategy to providing support in areas where it is most needed.

The Mission to Seafarers’ Secretary-General, Andrew Wright, commented: “Seafarers have been amongst the most heroic of key workers during this pandemic. They have kept vital supplies moving, despite facing unprecedented and often appalling hardships. Being able to support seafarers all year round, in over 200 ports around the world, is essential during these times. We have developed a new strategy to help offer support where it is most needed and ensure we are providing the level of care and support needed to our seafarers.

More information on Adventure Race Japan can be found on The Mission to Seafarers’ website.