'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 ...

World Feb 25, 2016

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More Sports / Boxing Feb 18, 2016

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General Oct 22, 2015

University of Texas locks up 15-year deal with Nike

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