Aoyama-Gakuin University on their way to the 6th Hakone Ekiden victory: the sash being passed from Yuto Nakamura to Hironobu Nakakura

Jan. 9, 2022 — The first week of January is a busy week for Japanese road racing scene. There is All Japan Corporate Team Ekiden Championships (men’s) on January 1st. Famous collegiate Hakone Ekiden road relay will be contested 2nd and 3rd of January. Hakone Ekiden has become one of…

Poster for “Chariots of Fire” — note the logo, similar to Five Circles’ logo!

Jan. 1, 2022 — Someone posted a clip from Academy Award winning movie, “Chariots of Fire” on Facebook (which I had shared on Lydiard Training & Academy page) yesterday morning, the last day of 2021. I always felt that movies and music really bring back memories (related blog HERE). It…

The innovator and “Curious George”, Bill Bowerman

Dec. 24, 2021 — “I will run with perfect style when they start judging races for their beauty, like figure-skating…”. This is a famous quote of the 4-time Olympic champion, Emil Zatopek. But is it really? The last time I got together with Bill Bowerman in 1997, he told me…

Dec. 11, 2021 — This is one of my favorite Arthur Lydiard quotes: when an overweight reporter asked him why he ran; “Because, if I don’t, I’d feel like you do and I don’t like it!” Anybody who knew Arthur Lydiard knows he was feisty with sometimes fiery sarcasm like…

Aerial image of original Fukuoka Marathon course (left) — you can see Lake Ohbori, which would be the name of famous Onitsuka Tiger racing shoes, in the middle — and the course map (right)

Dec. 3, 2021 — This weekend, the last of the Fukuoka International Marathon Championships will be contested. It is the end of the era after 75 years of some of the best marathon competitions in history. I have written a couple of blogs about the Fukuoka Marathon (THIS and also…

Thanksgiving 40 years ago; the first time I got together with Arthur Lydiard

Nov. 27, 2021 — Maybe not necessarily THE first time but certainly one of the early memories of my ever hearing about this American “Thanksgiving” custom was from the movie, “ROCKY”, in 1976 (HERE is my blog on this particular topic). Remember; Apollo Creed was supposed to have a heavyweight…

Sept. 15, 2021 — It is said that the definition of “fool” is someone who keeps making the same mistake. Well, I’m guilty as charged!! When my wife and I decided to move back to the US and live in Minneapolis in 1991, I wrote a letter to someone I…

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