Hakone ekiden's stubborn crowds cause for Olympic concern

Athletics Jan 6, 2021

Hakone ekiden's stubborn crowds cause for Olympic concern

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The 2021 Tokyo-Hakone Round-Trip College Ekiden Race concluded as a last-mile thriller between the eventual winner Komazawa University and runner-up Soka University. But the latest edition of the biggest New Year sporting tradition in Japan delivered many other intriguing topics. One of the most talked-about stories ...

Aoyama Gakuin moves out to big lead

More Sports / Athletics Jan 2, 2020

Aoyama Gakuin moves out to big lead

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Aoyama Gakuin University got off to a good start toward recapturing the Hakone ekiden title as it finished first on the opening day of the New Year's traditional event on Thursday. Aoyama Gakuin notched a first-day record of 5 hours, 21 minutes, 16 seconds, with ...

'Shoe wars' target Japan's endurance runners

More Sports / Athletics 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 / Athletics 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 / Athletics 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 / Athletics 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 ...