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未来(あした)への道 1000km縦断リレー みちのくから、つながろう。Run & Ride to TOKYO 2016

Run for Tohoku, Run for Tomorrow.

Event Schedule:7.24 Sun~ 8.7 Sun 15days

Ambassador & Guest runner

Ambassador

Naoko Takahashi

Marathon runner born in 1972 and a native of Gifu prefecture.
Gold medalist in the Women’s Marathon at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Executive Board Member of Japan Association of Athletics Federations, Executive Board Member of Japan Olympic Committee, Chairperson of Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Athletes' Commission.
Also active in the Naoko Takahashi SMILE AFRICA Project and environmental activities and does work as a sports commentator and JICA official supporter.

Comment

Even five years on, recovery from the earthquake disaster seems like it is still a work in progress. In my role as an ambassador in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo, this year again I hope to go a step at a time – steadily, each and every step of the way – to pass the sash on to the next runner. And I will be carrying with me the commitment to make sure that the earthquake disaster is never forgotten.

Nobuharu Asahara

Athletics instructor and sports commentator born in 1972 and a native of Hyogo prefecture.
Took part in four consecutive Olympic Games: Atlanta, Sydney, Athens, and Beijing.
Took the bronze medal in the 4x100m relay at the Beijing Olympic Games.
Assistant Director of Competition at Osaka Gas; President of NOBY T&F CLUB, an athletic club; Vice-president of Athlete Network.
Engaged in the promotion of the “Healthy Community Building through Sport” initiative jointly with local governments.

Comment

I assumed the role of ambassador with the hope of being of help in any way possible the recovery efforts taking place in the afflicted areas. As I traverse the 1000km Relay to Tokyo, I will be buoyed by the strength of those in the afflicted areas and hope to make sure to deliver safely to the goal the sash, which embodies the strong ties that have been established. I plan on working with all involved to give it my all so that we use the power of sport to ensure that more and more individuals are enabled to lead healthy and happy lives.

Shingo Kunieda

Professional wheelchair tennis player born in 1984 and a native of Tokyo.
Gold medalist in the Wheelchair Tennis events at the Athens, Beijing, and London Paralympic Games.
Gold medalist with Satoshi Saida in the doubles competition at the 2004 Athens Paralympic Games.
Reached No. 1 in world ranking in October 2006. In 2007 became the first player to achieve wins in all Grand Slam events in a single year.
Took the singles gold medal and doubles bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. Took the singles gold medal at the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

Comment

Last year I took part as the last runner in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo and greatly enjoyed the honor of handing off to Governor Masuzoe the sash that carried with it the sentiments of all involved. Though my involvement in the Rio Olympic Games this year makes it impossible for me to participate 1000km Relay to Tokyo, I urge each and every one of you to imbue the sash with your own passionate commitment to completing the 1000 km run. I will do my best to achieve my target of winning a gold medal in Rio!

Guest Runner(Part)(Random order)

Yuko Arimori

Birth Place: Okayama
Birth Year: 1966
Women Marathon Medalist: Silver in Barcelona Olympic.Bronze in Atlanta Olympic
She retired in 2007 from the professional marathon runner.

Kenji Ogiwara

Hiroyuki Tomita

Eiji Nozawa

Tsugiharu Ogiwara

Mizuki Fujii

Mizuki Fujii was born in Kumamoto Prefecture in 1988.
Professional badminton players(In Bundesliga)
2008 Canadian Open Women’s Doubles champion
2011 German Bitburger Open Women’s Doubles champion
2012 London Olympics Badminton Women’s Doubles silver medalist
2014- 1.Bundesliga SC Union Lüdinghausen

Comment

I am very happy to participate again in the 1000km relay to Tokyo.
Five years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake.
I will continue supporting the afflicted areas so that the memory of the earthquake will not fade,
and I will run praying for a future filled with smiles for as many people as possible.

Iris

Born in 1993, Malaysia. Singer / Model / Actress
Appeared on Nippon Television "Anything World Ranking, The world ranking of Neptune and Imoto." and traveled by hitchhike.
March, 2016 Appeared at “TOKYO GIRLS COLLECTION 2016 SPRING / SUMMER.
April, 2016 Chosen as major cosmetic company's forth generation ambassador.
April 2016 Major debut as a musician.

Comment

I had traveled through Japan by hitchhiking as a TV program, and I had the opportunity to stop to Kesennuma at that time. I was very touched to see everyone staying be positive, even though they experienced those sad times. I’m very honored to be a runner, so let 's enjoy running together at this event!

Musashi

Born in 1972, Osaka Prefecture, former fighter.
In 1995, made his sensational debut in K-1REVENGEⅡ. Kept appearing in the K-1 ring fighting at super heavy class, which is thought to be impossible for Japanese.
Kept achieving great feats such as winning second place in 2004.
Using his experience in the ring, currently works as a talent and actor as well.

Comment

I'm delighted to be able to participate in the 1000km Relay to Tokyo 2 years in a row. Through sports I hope to make contributions and assist reconstruction efforts by running the whole way! OSU!

Miki Ando

Nobukazu Hanaoka

Junichi Miyashita

ELLY

Hayato Komori

Yasuo Suda

Takeomi Ito

Toshihiko Seko

Mai Nakamura

Ichiro Mizuki

Born in 1948, in Tokyo Prefecture, Singer.
An anisong pioneer, Ichiro Mizuki continues to ride the peak of his fame as the undisputed king of the anime song genre. He has performed over 1,200 songs including theme songs of Anime “Mazinger Z”, “Captain Harlock” and Tokusatsu theme songs, such as “Masked Rider”. His Wikipedia entry is translated into 90 languages, a record for a Japanese person and a testament of his great international popularity.

Comment

Anime songs are tightly packed with stories of justice, love, friendship, and hope. Most importantly, they have the power to make people smile. Reconstruction assistance song "Tohoku Gasshin Miraigar" was born from the desire to support the future of our children. I will continue singing until the day all of us can smile and laugh from the bottom of our hearts once more. Let's run together towards the future.

Takeshi Mizuuchi

Born in 1972, Kanagawa Prefecture, former football player.
In 1992 joined Urawa Red Diamonds. After J-League started its season in 1993, played as a star player in the NICOS series (2nd stage).
Later joined Brummel Sendai (currently Vegalta Sendai) and retired in 1997.
After hanging up his cleats, he serves as anchor for REDS TV GGR as well as appearing mainly on sports programs.

Comment

This is my 4th consecutive participation in the 1000 km Relay to Tokyo.
Again this year I want to show the world that many people who work together can achieve what one person can't alone.

Ayako Kobayashi

Born in Tokyo, 1972. ACTRESS.

Comment

Through this marathon, I pray for the earliest recovery of the Tohoku earthquake.
Let's make a memorable day by running together in sympathy for each of the victims and hope for their bright future.

Shintaro Ikeda

Sayaka Hirano

Tomoko Hagiwara

Akira Toyoshima

Marty Friedman

Born in the United States of America.
He is well known as a guitarist who has enthusiastic fans all over the world.
He moved his bases from US to Japan since 2004.
Currently, Marty has been as a guitarist, composer and producer.
Moreover, he has made countless TV, radio, commercial, movie and so on appearances as an multi-talented artist.

Comment

It`s been just over 5 years since the Tohoku disaster, an event that Japanese people will always remember. A more appropriate way of putting it might be that Tohoku and its victims will always remain a part of all the people who are in Japan.
Mourning those who lost their lives and supporting those who survived, everyone has their own way of processing this disaster.
I would like to think that all people, not only those in Japan but in the whole world, will not forget what happened and use the memory of those who suffered as a catalyst to see each day with a new outlook and a deeper appreciation for each precious day we have been given.

Hanae Ito

Yano Koji

Kyoko Iwasaki

Ryo Miyake

Ousmane Sankhon

Born in Guinea in 1949.
He entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Guinea in 1972 and worked in Embassy of Guinea in Japan as a Goodwill Ambassador for 8 years.
He worked for a public relations officer of Guinea-Japan friendship organization, an adviser of Guinea embassy, UNICEF, and volunteered to the promotion of friendship between Guinea and Japan.
He was awarded The Foreign Minister's Commendation for FY 2013.

Comment

I'm very pleased to attend the opening and closing ceremony of 1000 km Relay to Tokyo.
5 years have past since The Great East Japan Earthquake, and on that very day was my birthday. I'll never forget it.
I hope that I will be able to help you and Japan forever.

Yuri Shirahane

Born in 1978, Fukushima Prefecture, former a member of Takarazuka Revue Company.
In 1988 joined the Takarazuka Revue Company. In 2005 starred as Marie Antoinette in "The Rose of Versailles" becoming the heroine of the Star group.
In 2006 became the heroine of the Snow group and performed the title role in "Elizabeth."
In May 2009 left the Takarazuka Revue Company. After that, continues to appear mainly on stage, on TV, and in movies.

Comment

I'm glad to be able to participate 3 years in a row. Things have calmed down in Fukushima compared to right after the earthquake, but I want everyone there to cheer up more! I want them to smile from their hearts!
With that thought, I want to do my best this year and hand over the sash to the next runner.

Tsuyoshi Kitazawa

Tomomi Yamaki

EXILE TETSUYA

Mika Matsuno

Date of Birth : 7/1995
Prace of Birth : Tokyo
Occupation : Student of Keio Univertity
Winner of the 2016 Miss Japan Grand Prix Award

Comment

I am honored to be a part of this charity marathon and will do my best to pass on the baton of hope. I will run praying for fast recovery.

Ikue Teshigawara

Yuriko Kobayashi

Antoki-no Inoki

Born in 1973, Ibaragi Prefecture, a comedian.
After working at Kasumigaura City Hall (Elderly Welfare Division), became an impersonator.
In addition to impersonation, his routines include a 1-person skit and parody songs making use of the Antonio Inoki persona, among other things.
In addition to being a comedian, has served as Ibaragi Prefecture Kasumigaura City Hometown Ambassador, Japan Rugby national team cheerleader, Washoi Japan cheerleader, and Ibaragi Ambassador etc.

Comment

If you have energy, you can run the 1000km Relay to Tokyo.
Since the earthquake I have continuously volunteered. I have learned the importance of continuing and connecting.
I want to pass the sash to the disaster areas and root for them.
Giving the sash to the next runner. Connecting hearts. I will run cheering people up!
1! 2! 3! DAAA!

Eisuke Nakanishi

Shinji Negi

Kotono Tanaka

Keita Suzuki

Kouko Tsurumi

Yuko Shintake

Ai Aoki

Dream Aya

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Guest runner(List)

Starting & Goal ceremony, General-participation runners

  • Iris
  • Ai Aoki
  • Yuko Arimori
  • Miki Ando
  • Antoki-no Inoki
  • Shintaro Ikeda
  • Takeomi Ito
  • Hanae Ito
  • Kyoko Iwasaki
  • Yasuhiro Ueyama
  • EXILE TETSUYA
  • ELLY
  • Kenji Ogiwara
  • Tugiharu Ogiwara
  • Ousmane Sankhon
  • Tsuyoshi Kitazawa
  • Ayako Kobayashi
  • Yuriko Kobayashi
  • Hayato Komori
  • Yuri Shirahane
  • Yuko Shintake
  • Keita Suzuki
  • Yasuo Suda
  • Toshihiko Seko
  • Kotono Tanaka
  • Kouko Tsurumi
  • Ikue Teshigawara
  • Hiroyuki Tomita
  • Akira Toyoshima
  • Dream Aya
  • Eisuke Nakanishi
  • Mai Nakamura
  • Shinji Negi
  • Eiji Nozawa
  • Tomoko Hagiwara
  • Nobukazu Hanaoka
  • Sayaka Hirano
  • Mizuki Fujii
  • Mika Matsuno
  • Marty Friedman
  • Takeshi Mizuuchi
  • Ichiro Mizuki
  • Ryo Miyake
  • Junichi Miyashita
  • Musashi
  • Koji Yano
  • Tomomi Yamaki

Fureai runners

Aomori, July 24

  • Yuko Arimori
  • Kenji Ogiwara
  • Hiroyuki Tomita
  • Eiji Nozawa

Iwate, July 27

  • Iris
  • Miki Ando
  • ELLY
  • Hayato Komori
  • Naoko Takahashi
  • Nobukazu Hanaoka
  • Junichi Miyashita

Miyagi, July 31

  • Shintaro Ikeda
  • Ayako Kobayashi
  • Akira Toyoshima
  • Tomoko Hagiwara
  • Sayaka Hirano
  • Marty Friedman

Fukushima, August 4

  • Tsuyoshi Kitazawa
  • EXILE TETSUYA
  • Mika Matsuno
  • Tomomi Yamaki

Ibaraki, August 5

  • Antoki-no Inoki
  • Yuriko Kobayashi
  • Ikue Teshigawara

Chiba, August 6

  • Kotono Tanaka
  • Eisuke Nakanishi
  • Shinji Negi

Tokyo, August 7

  • Ai Aoki
  • Nobuharu Asahara
  • Yuko Shintake
  • Keita Suzuki
  • Kouko Tsurumi
  • Dream Aya
  • Shinji Negi