It is a youthful story revolving around a running event called Hakone Ekiden. The series follows the protagonist Kakeru Kurahara and his friend Haiji Kiyose.
The series is based on a novel by Shiwon Miura titled Feel the Wind (Kaze ga Tsuyoku Fuiteiru). It started being published by Shinchosha in September 2009. In 2007, a manga adaptation by Sorata Unno was created and was followed by a live action movie in 2009.