Haiji was an elite runner but has not competed due to a past injury. He then meets fellow elite runner Kakeru who also left running but caused by a dispute. Their meeting inspires both young men to run again, with Haiji choosing the fabled "Hakone Ekiden" (long distance relay race). The race requires a 10 member team so Haiji and Kakeru recruit 8 others (some of whom have never even run before). Within this unlikely group of runners, a bond is formed through their training and a belief that they can accomplish the impossible.