The Prize At The End Of This Annual Japanese Foot Race Is Totally Worth It

We're lacing up for next year.

Why do so many people love to run? For many, the answer is obvious, and comes in the form of "For my health," "To relieve stress," or "Because I like to." All are valid, of course, but in Japan, one tradition inspires another response.

Each year, thousands of runners sprint to the Nishinomiya shrine in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo, Japan, to be the first to reach the finish line. It is believed that the winner of this race will be bestowed with a full year's worth of good luck.

Who wouldn't want that?

Check out the clip above to see more scenes from the race, and to see how long this tradition has changed over the centuries.