1000km Run & Ride to TOKYO

Ambassador・Guest Runner

Ambassador・Guest Runner

Ambassador
Mr. Asahara Nobuharu, Ms. Naoko Takahashi, Mr. Hiroshi Yamamoto, and Mr. Atsushi Yamamoto have been appointed as “Ambassadors for the Road to the Future (Tomorrow) 1000km Relay to Tokyo”.
Ambassadors also assist in performing as guest runners and in advertising and promoting public relations activities.

Nobuharu Asahara

ambassador
Nobuharu Asahara
Comment

This year as well, I shall participate as an ambassador in the Road to Tomorrow 1000 km Relay to Tokyo. I will run together with all the people of the disaster-stricken areas and pass the baton, with the hope that all the people of Tohoku will be cheered up even if a little. Let’s all run together!

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Born in 1972. From Hyogo Prefecture. A track and field instructor and sports commentator. Participated in four consecutive Olympic Games of Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, and Beijing. Won bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics 4 × 100m relay. Vice President of the Osaka Gas Track and Field Club, presides over the Athletic Club "Noby T&F Club", Vice-President of the Athlete Network. We are promoting “Urban development with a high level of health through sports” jointly with each municipality.
※August 2 (Thurs)

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Naoko Takahashi

ambassador
Naoko Takahashi
Comment

Even though six years have passed since the earthquake, the road to reconstruction is not yet over. So as not to forget the hopes and bonds of that time when everyone got to their feet together, this year too we pass on the baton that symbolizes these feelings through the 1000km Relay to Tokyo and connect to each and every one.

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Began athletics in earnest from junior high school, and went on to join corporate sports team after graduating from Gifu Commercial & Business High School, and Osaka Gakuin University. First victory in the Nagoya International Women’s Marathon in 1998, and has six successive victories thereafter. Won the gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and the People’s Honor Award in the same year. Set the first women’s world record of 2 hours 20 minutes (at that time) in 2001 in Berlin. Announced retirement in October 2008.
Director of the Japan Association of Athletics Federations, Director of the Japanese Olympic Committee, Chairman of the Athletes’ Commission, Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Apart from this, active in the “Smile Africa Project of Naoko Takahashi”, environmental activities, as a sportscaster, and JICA official supporter.

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Mr. Atsushi Yamamoto

ambassador
Mr. Atsushi Yamamoto
Comment

coming soon

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A versatile athlete who competed in the summer and winter Paralympics. Started athletics in 2002, participated in Paralympics three times, and won the first Japanese medal at the Beijing Paralympics as an athletics athlete with a prosthetic leg.
Won a bronze medal in the long jump and a silver medal in the relay race in the Rio Paralympics. Participated in snowboarding in the winter Paralympics.

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Mr. Yamamoto Hiroshi

ambassador
Mr. Yamamoto Hiroshi
Comment

coming soon

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coming soon
※July 28 (Sat) -29 (Sun)

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Scheduled Guest Runner. (Part) (Random Order)
Guest runners will be joining “Start Ceremony” in every morning and passing the Sash in the “Fureai runners section (children and people with disabilities can join this section)” together with participants.

GUEST RUNNER

Ai Aoki

Ai Aoki
Comment

I am truly delighted to be able to participate as a guest runner in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo. With belief in the power of sports and filled with thoughts of reconstruction, I shall pass on the “baton” and run with full enthusiasm.

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Former Synchlonized swimmer
Participated in Beijing Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

Yuko Arimori

Yuko Arimori
Comment

1000km Relay to Tokyo! This year too, let’s run with a lot of people, carrying the baton “firmly” embedded with thoughts of the future!

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Silver medal, Marathon, Sydney Olympic, Barcelona Olympics
Bronze medal, Marathon, Atlanta Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

newAntokino Inoki

Antokino Inoki
Comment

Are you ready?-. If you have the spirit and enthusiasm you can run in the “Road to Tomorrow 1000km Relay to Tokyo 2018". I have been continuing to volunteer since the earthquake, and have learnt how important it is to keep going, to be connected. By passing on the “baton”, I would like to deliver “shouts of encouragement and cheer” to the disaster-stricken areas. Let’s pass on the baton, let’s connect our hearts, get together our energies, and let’s run! To the count of 1, 2, 3!

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Entertainer

GUEST RUNNER

Norie Ichihashi

Norie Ichihashi
Comment

Even today after seven years have passed, the earthquake disaster is actually not over. In order to prevent the memory of the disaster from fading and from becoming something of the past, let us take a step to the future (tomorrow) holding hands with all the people, and connecting experiences, thoughts, and ties!
We're All in This Together!!

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Miss Nippon Grand Prix 2018
World Number One, ICU Japan Representative, Dance

GUEST RUNNER

newTakeomi Ito

Takeomi Ito
Comment

I participated in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo in year 2016 as well, and am delighted I can participate this year too. I shall run to the best of my ability praying for the restoration of my hometown, Tohoku and Iwate, and pass on the “baton” to everyone! ONE FOR ALL, ALL FOR ONE!

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Former rugby player
The Rugby World Cup 2019 Ambassador

GUEST RUNNER

Hanae Itou

Hanae Itou
Comment

I am extremely happy to be able to participate in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo, for the second year running. Every year, there is a lot of drama that unfolds. And I am looking forward to what kind of drama will unfold this year. I am also really looking forward to interacting with the local people. I shall run and pass on the baton, filled with thoughts of reconstruction!

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Former competitive swimmer
Participated in the Beijing and London Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

Kyouko Iwasaki

Kyouko Iwasaki
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Passing the baton in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo, along with various thoughts and hopes. I will be participating for the third time and with each passing year my feelings have grown stronger. This year too, I shall run together with everyone cherishing these intense feelings in my heart!

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Former competitive swimmer
Gold medal, Swinning race, Barcelona Olympics
Participated in Atlanta Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

newELLY / CRAZYBOY

ELLY / CRAZYBOY
Comment

I am truly grateful for the opportunity to participate this year as well! I participate every year, but the 1000km Relay to Tokyo is an important one among all my various activities. As a native of Tohoku, I would like to continue to promote the 1000km Relay to Tokyo through my activities this year, with the hope of communicating the energy to everyone and to their hometowns for the continued reconstruction of Tohoku! LOVE!!

GUEST RUNNER

Tsugiharu Ogiwara

Tsugiharu Ogiwara
Comment

Every year, I feel truly thankful for the opportunity to participate in the “Road to Tomorrow 1000km Relay to Tokyo”. Together in step with the runners and with our thoughts as one, I shall continue to pass on the “baton” this time as well. I hope I can help light up the Road to Tomorrow, from Pyeongchang to Tokyo, from Tohoku to Tokyo.

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Former nordic combined skier
Participated in the Nagano Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

Takehiro Kashima

Takehiro Kashima
Comment

I am truly delighted to be able to run along with everyone as a guest runner in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo.
I would be delighted, if through sports, I could contribute to the process of restoration even if a little and I am enthusiastically, looking forward to meeting everyone.

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Lecturer, Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences, Daito Bunka University
Gold medal, Gymnastics, men’s team, Athens Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

newSuzanne

Suzanne
Comment

This is my first time participating in the Road to Tomorrow 1000km Relay to Tokyo! With various thoughts of the reconstruction following the Great East Japan Earthquake as well as for the reconstruction post the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes that occurred in my hometown in my heart, I would be happy to be able to run together with everyone with a lot of fun and joy in my heart! I am also now looking forward to interacting with all the participants. Thank you.

GUEST RUNNER

Chiemi Takahashi

Chiemi Takahashi
Comment

I am very happy to be able to be involved in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo this year as well. I would be happy to be able to communicate to the next generation the importance of combining our strengths for the purpose of reconstruction by running with everyone and with our thoughts as one. I shall run savoring one step at a time. Thank you.

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Sydney Olympics appearance

GUEST RUNNER

Yuichi Takahashi

Yuichi Takahashi
Comment

Let’s run together with our feelings as one and pass on the relay “baton” that connects the “Road to Tomorrow Circle of Reconstruction Support”, and feel the invigorating sweat streaming down.

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Gold medal, Marathon T11, Athens Paralympics
Beijing and London Paralympics appearance

GUEST RUNNER

Aki Taguchi

Aki Taguchi
Comment

I am very happy to be able to participate in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo. I am not good at running sports and so I am a little anxious,
But I feel that I can do it together with everyone! I shall pass on the baton that is a symbol of the smiling faces and hopes of everyone, to the future!

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Affiliated to Nippon Yusen Kaisha (NYK) Line
Japan Representative, Shooting, Athens, Beijing, and London Paralympics

GUEST RUNNER

newDaniel Kahl

Daniel Kahl
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Seven years have passed since then. I have been going to my home region Tohoku from the time immediately after the earthquake, but this time I shall run in Tohoku in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo. Let us do our best together!

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Talent、Yamagata dialect researcher

GUEST RUNNER

Kenta Chida

Kenta Chida
Comment

I am very happy to be able to participate this year as well. The 1000km Relay to Tokyo is a special event that connects the people of the disaster-stricken areas and the entire nation. I shall run together with everyone and pass on the baton filled with thoughts of reconstruction!

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Beijing Olympics appearance
Silver medalist, Men's Foil Team, London Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

Masako Chiba

Masako Chiba
Comment

This year as well, we hope to boost the reconstruction efforts with “the relay of hearts- the passing of the ’baton’”! I am also looking forward to interacting with local people en route.

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Former Marathon runner
Participated in Atlata Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

Naoki Tsukahara

Naoki Tsukahara
Comment

The moment the relay runners start running, everyone’s thoughts and hopes will connect to the future (tomorrow) that lies 1000km ahead. I am honored to be one of them this time, and I would like to support everyone who is striving to overcome unforgettable events through the power of sports.

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Bronze medal, 4×100m Relay Race, Athletics, Beijing Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

Ikue Teshigawara

Ikue Teshigawara
Comment

It has been seven years since the earthquake. While on the one hand reports presenting information about the situation in the disaster-stricken areas are on the decline, when I visit the site, I feel pained when I see a reality that is far from reconstruction. Every year, by continuing to pass the “baton” in this relay, I pray that the circle of hopes and dreams will expand into the future (tomorrow).

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Former Short track speed skater
Participated in Nagano, Salt Lake City, Turin Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

newEXILE TETSUYA

EXILE TETSUYA
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I am really honoured to do the role of handing over the sash to the next runner in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo. This year, I run in Fukushima. I am looking forward to meeting everyone, and I will do my best to run and cheer you up!

GUEST RUNNER

Hiroyuki Tomita

Hiroyuki Tomita
Comment

This is my second time participating. I am participating as a guest runner in the 1000 km relay to Tokyo. It is a short section but I hope to pass the baton along with all the runners in the hope of contributing to the reconstruction process.

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Associate Professor, Faculty of Health and Sports Science, Juntendo University
Gold medal, Gymnastics, men’s team, Athens Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

newDream Aya

Dream Aya
Comment

I am truly delighted to be able to participate in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo this year as well. This day is so very important for me and when this time of the year arrives, I always remember the cherished moments of passing on and receiving the “baton”. I look forward to passing on the “baton’ securely and to reach the finish line smiling and together with everyone.

GUEST RUNNER

Mai Nakamura

Mai Nakamura
Comment

I am looking forward to running together with everyone and to meeting wonderful people.
I hope to securely pass on the “baton” that symbolizes the hopes of reconstruction.

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Swimming Advisor
Silver medal, Swimming race, Sydney Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

Shinji Negi

Shinji Negi
Comment

I am looking forward to participating this year as well! I shall do my best to run with wishes and prayers for the reconstruction of Tohoku in my heart and along with the hopes and aspirations of all the runners and riders.

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Captain, Japan Representative Wheelchair Basketball Team, Sydney Paralympics

GUEST RUNNER

Miyuki Hatanaka

Miyuki Hatanaka
Comment

As a native of Tohoku region, I look forward to participating this year as well just as in the previous year. With so many feelings in my heart, I hope to promote the reconstruction efforts and look forward to participating together with everyone.

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Former Freestyle skier.
Participated in Salt Lake City, Turin Olympics.

GUEST RUNNER

Mizuki Fujii

Mizuki Fujii
Comment

This is my third time participating in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo, and I am participating with the hope to pass on positive energy, even if a little, to everyone during my run through the disaster-stricken areas!
This year, as well, just as in the previous years, I look forward to running together with everyone, filled with enthusiasm and with thoughts of reconstruction.

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Professional badminton player
Silver medal, Women’s Doubles Badminton, London Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

Natsumi Hoshi

Natsumi Hoshi
Comment

This is my first time participating in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo. I hope to run together with everyone till the very end and pass on the “baton” with my heart filled with thoughts of reconstruction.

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Bronze medal, 200m Butterfly, Rio de Janeiro Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

Hiroshi Miura

Hiroshi Miura
Comment

“Kurihara City, in the disaster-affected area of the ‘2008 Iwate-Miyagi Nairiku Earthquake’, the hometown of my deceased father, Tohoku, the place where I grew up playing from a young age,
Yes, I shall always remember, and filled with thoughts of the “Road to Restoration, Reconstruction, to Today and to Tomorrow”, I want to pass on the baton
to the “future”.

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Ranked 5th, Men’s 49kg category, Rio Paralympics

GUEST RUNNER

newTakeshi Mizuuchi

Takeshi Mizuuchi
Comment

This year too, just as in the previous year, I will participate in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo. This year too, I would like to communicate to everyone, that when people get together and cooperate they can do things they cannot do alone by themselves!

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Former soccer player

GUEST RUNNER

Junichi Miyashita

Junichi Miyashita
Comment

I am very happy to be able to be involved in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo this year as well. I would be happy to be able to communicate to the next generation the importance of combining our strengths for the purpose of reconstruction by running with everyone and with our thoughts as one. I shall run savoring one step at a time. Thank you.

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Bronze medal, 4×100m medley relay, Beijing Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

Tomomi Morita

Tomomi Morita
Comment

I am very happy to have this opportunity to participate in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo. As I am a swimmer, I am not very good on the ground (laughs), but I am happy to be of help, even if a little, for the reconstruction in the disaster-affected areas, and for this opportunity to run together with everyone in the prefecture of Miyagi, my home region. With my heart full of hope, I will do my best!

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Bronze medal, 100m backstroke, Athens Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

Misaki Yamaguchi

Misaki Yamaguchi
Comment

This is my first time and I am very happy to participate in the 1000km Relay To Tokyo.
A relay is something that connects people, their thoughts and hopes.
I shall do my best and run together with all the participants connecting the various hopes and aspirations to the future.

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Former competitive swimmer
Participated in the Beijing and Rio de Janeiro Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

Takuro Yamada

Takuro Yamada
Comment

This year I shall participate in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo as a guest. I hope to support the reconstruction through the passing of the baton along with all the runners.

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Bronze medal, Men’s 50m freestyle, S9, Rio Paralympics

GUEST

Koniwa

Koniwa
Comment

Nice to meet you. My name is Koniwa.
I usually go to the various sports event.
This time, I’ll try to assist this event to “connect and convey our heart” with many athletes, and I’ll really support everyone run road to tomorrow!

GUEST

Kosuke Kitajima

Kosuke Kitajima
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Kitajima won gold medals for the men's 100m & 200m breaststroke at the Athens Olympics in 2004. In 2008, he won gold medals for both events again at the Beijing Olympics and became the first swimmer to win both events at two consecutive Olympic games. He has since been successful at many international competitions including the London Olympics in 2012 winning a silver medal for the men’s 4x100 m medley relay. In April 2016, he retired from competitive swimming after Olympic trials. In addition to his duties as CEO of IMPRINT and Perform Better Japan, Kitajima currently acts as Chief Olympic Officer for Coca-Cola and serves as a marketing director of the Tokyo Swimming Association and Kosuke Kitajima Cup.