1000km Run & Ride to TOKYO

Ambassador・Guest Runner

Ambassador・Guest Runner

Ambassador
This year as “1000km Relay to Tokyo ambassador”, we have the honour to welcome Nobuharu Asahara, Kaori Icho, Shingo Kunieda and Naoko Takahashi.
Ambassadors will be participating not only as guest runners, but also will be joining PR activities.

Nobuharu Asahara

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Nobuharu Asahara
Comment

I am participating in this event as an ambassador this year again to help recovering the affected areas from the earthquake. With the people in the areas, I would like to pass the sash that has so much meaning within. Let us all feel the power of sports and enjoy this event together to show and deliver our passion to all the people who are cheering for us!

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Nobuharu Asahara is an athletics coach and a sports commentator. (born 1972, in Hyogo pref.) Participated in four consecutive Olympics; Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing. Won a bronze medal in the 4x100m relay at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
Assistant Director of Competition at Osaka Gas, President of an athletic club “NOBY T&F CLUB”, Vice president of Athlete Network. Promoting the “Healthy Community Building through Sport” with local governments jointly.

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Kaori Icho

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Kaori Icho
Comment

I am very grateful to be an ambassador for this event “1000km Relay to Tokyo”, from Aomori; where I am originally from, to Tokyo with Sash. I would like to let as many people as possible know about this relay to show the affected areas’ current situation and also my strong feelings and thoughts to reconstruction.

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Kaori Icho is a wrestler in the 58kg women’s division. (born 1984, in Aomori pref.)
Started wrestling as a child, influenced by her brother and sister, graduated Chukyo women’s attached high school and Chukyo women’s University (Shisakkan University), and now she belongs to ALSOK team.
The first ever wrestler to win four consecutive individual Olympics gold medals in Athens, Beijing, London and Rio, and also a ten-time world champion.
Awarded the People’s Honour Award in 2016.

Shingo Kunieda

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Shingo Kunieda
Comment

The season of “1000km Relay to Tokyo” has arrived this year again. I encourage all of you and all the athlete to hand over the Sash with everyone’s thoughts in and finish the 1000 km relay.
Sports energize people, sports enlightens everyone. By passing this strong passion as well will hopefully make people in all over Japan cheerful.

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Shingo Kunieda is a professional wheelchair tennis player. (born 1984, in Tokyo)
Gold Paralympics medalist in the Wheelchair Tennis in Athens, Beijing, and London.
Won a gold medal in the doubles with Satoshi Saida as a pair at the Athens Paralympics in 2004.
Ranked No.1 in the world ranking in Oct, 2006. Achieved all Grand Slam in a single year in 2007.
Won a gold medal in singles and a bronze in doubles at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008.
Won a gold medal in singles at the London Paralympics in 2012.
Won a bronze medal in doubles at the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

Naoko Takahashi

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Naoko Takahashi
Comment

The road to reconstructing of the affected area is still an ongoing process even after 6 years from the earthquake. To remember the thoughts and strong bonds went to the time when we all stood up for the tragedy, I will contain my heart to the Sash and pass it along to all and each one of you through 1000km Relay to Tokyo this year again.

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Naoko Takahashi is a marathon runner. (born 1972, in Gifu pref.)
Started track and field from middle school, graduated Gifu prefectural commercial high school and Osaka Gakuin University, then to works team.
Won a first place at the Nagoya International Women’s Marathon in 1998 for the first time, won six times consecutively after the first.
Won a gold medal at the Sydney Olympics and awarded People’s Honour Award in 2000.
Established then-world record for the first-time run women’s marathon in under 2 hours and 20 minutes in Berlin, 2001. Retired from competitive marathon in Oct, 2008.
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 Athlete’ Commission.

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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

Aoki Ai

Aoki Ai
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Former Synchlonized swimmer.
Participated in Beijing Olympics

GUEST RUNNER

Yuko Arimori

Yuko Arimori
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Former Marathon runner.
Silver medalist in Barcelona Olympics.
Bronze medalist in Atlanta Olympics.

GUEST RUNNER

Masashi Ishii

Masashi Ishii
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Paracyclist.
Gold medalist in Beijing Paralympics.
Participated in London, Rio Paralympics.

GUEST RUNNER

Hanae Ito

Hanae Ito
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Former Competitive swimmer.
Participated in Beijing, London Olympics.

GUEST RUNNER

Mima Ito

Mima Ito
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Table tennis player.
Bronze medalist in Rio Olympics.

GUEST RUNNER

kyoko Iwasaki

kyoko Iwasaki
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Former Competitive swimmer.
Gold medalist in Barcelona Olympics.

GUEST RUNNER

Kenji Ogiwara

Kenji Ogiwara
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Former Nordic combined skier.
Participated in Albertville, Lillehammer, Nagano, Salt Lake City Olympics.
Gold medalist in Albertville and Lillehammer Olympics.

GUEST RUNNER

Tugiharu Ogiwara

Tugiharu Ogiwara
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Former Nordic combined skier.
Participated in Nagano Olympics.

GUEST RUNNER

Shota Kawamoto

Shota Kawamoto
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Paracyclist.
Participated in Rio Paralympics.

GUEST RUNNER

Kazuhiko Kanno

Kazuhiko Kanno
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Wheelchair rugby player.
Bronze medalist in Rio Paralympics.

GUEST RUNNER

Kenta Chida

Kenta Chida
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Former Fencer.
Silver medalist in London Olympics.

GUEST RUNNER

Masako Chiba

Masako Chiba
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Former Marathon runner.
Participated in Atlata Olympics.

GUEST RUNNER

Ikue Teshigawara

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

GUEST RUNNER

Akira Toyoshima

Akira Toyoshima
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Wheelchair basketball player.
Participated in London, Rio Paralympics.

GUEST RUNNER

Shinji Negi

Shinji Negi
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Former Wheerchair basketball player.
Participated in Sydney Paralympics.

GUEST RUNNER

Miyuki Hatanaka

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

GUEST RUNNER

Ryoko Hinata

Ryoko Hinata
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Model/Cyclist

GUEST RUNNER

Miho Fujii

Miho Fujii
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Paracyclist.

GUEST RUNNER

Ryo Miyake

Ryo Miyake
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Fencer.
Silver medalist in London Olympics.

GUEST RUNNER

Atushi Yamamoto

Atushi Yamamoto
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Track and field athlete (long jump)
Silver medalist in Beijing and Rio Paralympics.

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