'Shoe wars' target Japan's endurance runners

More Sports / Track & Field Jan 9, 2019

'Shoe wars' target Japan's endurance runners

by Kaz Nagatsuka

As the Tokyo-Hakone Round-Trip College Ekiden Race has grown into one of Japan's biggest sporting competitions, the event has increasingly become somewhat of a showcase event for running shoe manufacturers. Tokai University captured its first-ever Hakone title, dethroning four-time reigning champion Aoyama Gakuin University ...

Toyo in lead after opening leg of Hakone ekiden

More Sports / Track & Field Jan 2, 2019

Toyo in lead after opening leg of Hakone ekiden

Toyo University took the lead in the Tokyo-Hakone collegiate ekiden road relay on Wednesday after winning the race's first leg for the second year in a row. Five runners from Toyo University, the 2014 champion and overall runner-up for the past three years, finished the ...

Aoyama Gakuin defends title

More Sports / Track & Field Jan 3, 2016

Aoyama Gakuin defends title

Aoyama Gakuin University successfully defended its Hakone Ekiden championship in style on Sunday, becoming the first team to lead the two-day event from wire to wire in 39 years. Aoyama Gakuin's team won all five stages of the 109.6-km return leg from Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, ...

Aoyama Gakuin takes control

More Sports / Track & Field Jan 2, 2016

Aoyama Gakuin takes control

Defending champion Aoyama Gakuin University seized the lead on Saturday in the outward-bound leg of the two-day Hakone Ekiden road relay. Aoyama Gakuin's team covered the 107.5-km, five-stage leg from Tokyo's Otemachi business district to the resort town of Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture in 5 ...