July 15th, 2019

Toyota Family Meets At Ekiden

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey celebrated the 17th edition of the traditional Ekiden Cup at the company premises in Sakarya.

The relay competition, open to Toyota staff, employees of its subsidiary industry partners, and their families, is staged on the 950-meter running course at the Sakarya Facilities of the company. Timing services for the event where 135 teams competed is once again provided by Depar Timing.

The word ekiden comes from the combination of the Japanese characters for “station” and “transmit”. Team members pass the “tasuki”, which is the sash that each runner wears over one shoulder and under the other arm, to each other at a transition zone. Although ekiden races are not very popular outside of Japan, Toyota carries on the tradition in Turkey since 2003.