translated by Brett Larner
Late last week in Tokyo the DeNA Running Club held its first public coaching session since the team was founded in April. DeNA head coach Toshihiko Seko (57) greeted fifteen amateur runners who responded to ads for the session, joking, "Let's have a good time running today. This is a class, but the training session will be pretty leisurely. School will really be in session when we go drinking afterwards."
The session started at 7:00 p.m. in the busy Udagawacho shopping district of Shibuya, heading up Spain Hill to Yoyogi Park. Meeting up with other runners already waiting in the park, the group ran together in Yoyogi Park before returning to the Tip.X Tokyo training gym in Udagawacho. Altogether the session took around 1 1/2 hours.
The DeNA Running Club formed to absorb the remnants of the S&B Foods team. "DeNA was kind enough to take us on, and we will contribute to them through our running activities," said Seko. "In the future we will hold these sessions once or twice a month, including ones with elementary school students."