|（Department of Physical Education，Tsinghua University，Beijing 100084，China)
Abstract: From the perspective of Hakone Relay Race, the author expatiated on inspirations to China from com-petitive sports in universities in Japan, sketched the historical course of development of Hakone Relay Race, and analyzed the characteristics of Hakone Relay Race in terms of race course, race system, race sections, race promo-tion, as well as race participating universities and athletes. A university is a place for cultivating elite student ath-letes, embodying the adherence to university games and the inheritance of competition culture. Inspirations to com-petitive sports development in universities in China from Hakone Relay Race are as follows: a university should form and stick to its own brand games; a university should become a place for cultivating high performance athletes.
Key words: school physical education；Hakone Relay Race；university competitive sports；Japan