Relay races proliferate as jogging catches on

Apr 27, 2014

Relay races proliferate as jogging catches on

by Junji Yamaguchi

The long-distance relay races called “ekiden” are growing on the back of the jogging boom, providing opportunities to run for recreation or bond with fellow employees. Sportsone Co., a sporting event organizer in Tokyo, hosts 25-km ekiden races for teams of co-workers consisting of ...

Apr 4, 2014

Japan launches national marathon teams

by Hiroshi Ikezawa

Call it “Running Samurai” or “Nadeshiko Runners.” Whatever the name, the Japan Association of Athletics Federations launched its national marathon teams on April 1 to try to end Japan’s Olympic drought and win some medals in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. “The gap ...

'Citizen runner' takes unconventional path

Nov 13, 2013

'Citizen runner' takes unconventional path

by Takeshi Ozawa

Yuki Kawauchi, 26, is a top marathon runner, but he defies the conventional wisdom of the sport in Japan. Kawauchi is known as a “citizen runner” because he works full time at a public night high school in Saitama Prefecture, while most top runners ...

May 24, 2013

Marathon runner Yoshida gets one-year doping ban

Kaori Yoshida was stripped of her fourth-place finish in December’s Honolulu Marathon on Thursday, when the Japan Anti-Doping Agency revealed she had tested positive for a banned substance. Yoshida, 32, received a one-year suspension from the agency after testing positive for the performance-enhancing drug ...

Kawauchi wins Beppu-Oita Marathon

Feb 4, 2013

Kawauchi wins Beppu-Oita Marathon

Yuki Kawauchi outdueled London Olympian Kentaro Nakamoto to win Sunday’s Beppu-Oita Marathon in a race-record time of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 15 seconds. The pair burst away from the field after 28 km, and Kawauchi put Nakamoto in the rearview mirror after the 40-km ...