Oct 8, 2015

Marathon pioneer Michiko Gorman passes away

Michiko “Miki” Gorman, a women’s marathon pioneer, former world record holder and winner of the Boston and New York marathons, died of cancer at the age of 80 on Sept. 19 in Bellingham, Washington, her daughter said in a blog post. Born to Japanese ...

Aug 25, 2015

Marathon organizers miffed about Shobukhova reinstatement

Marathon organizers have demanded an urgent meeting with officials after the reinstatement of Russian drug cheat Lilya Shobukhova despite the fact she has not repaid around $3 million in prize money earned when she was doping. Sources within the World Marathon Majors, the series ...

Aug 7, 2015

Ex-marathon star Shobukhova gets extended doping ban

Former Russian marathoner Liliya Shobukhova’s doping ban was extended by 14 months to March 2016 by sport’s highest court on Thursday following an appeal by the IAAF. Shobukhova’s two-year suspension by the Russian athletics federation was to end in January, but the IAAF appealed ...

Russia facing allegations of systematic sports doping

Dec 4, 2014

Russia facing allegations of systematic sports doping

Russia faced explosive allegations of corruption and systematic doping on Wednesday, including the reported admission of drug use by an Olympic champion runner and coverup and extortion involving a three-time Chicago Marathon winner. Both German television channel ARD and French sports daily L’Equipe reported ...

Aug 17, 2014

Comedian Neko wins Cambodia's first modern marathon

Japan-born comedian Hiroshi Neko won Cambodia’s first international marathon in front of the Angkor Wat temple complex in Siem Reap province on Sunday. Neko, 37, a naturalized Cambodian, finished in 2 hours, 45 minutes and 28 seconds, while Japan’s Ba Gan took second in ...

Relay races proliferate as jogging catches on

Apr 27, 2014

Relay races proliferate as jogging catches on


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


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


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 ...