translated by Brett Larner
On Mar. 1 the major telecommunications company GMO Internet announced the launch of a new GMO Athletes corporate running team in April. Resigning from his position at Jobu University, Katsuhiko Hanada, 44, will be the team's first head coach, with two-time Hakone Ekiden champion Aoyama Gakuin University head coach Susumu Hara, 48, serving as adviser. The team's initial lineup includes current Aoyama Gakuin University fourth-years Ryo Hashimoto and Toshinori Watanabe, both of whom made their marathon debuts Sunday at the Tokyo Marathon.
Hanada graduated from Waseda University and ran for the S&B corporate team, running at both the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Becoming head coach at Jobu University in 2004, he developed the brand-new Jobu team into Hakone Ekiden regulars. The GMO team marks the launch of the Hara Project, a concept aimed at developing working runners into 2020 Tokyo Olympics medalists.
head coach - Katsuhiko Hanada
advisor - Susumu Hara, Aoyama Gakuin University
Shun Sato (Jobu University) - 2:11:39 (Tokyo Marathon 2015)
Hiroki Yamagishi (Jobu University) - 2:12:27 (Tokyo Marathon 2016)
Shohei Kurata (Jobu University) - 28:35.00 (Kanto Time Trials 2015)
Ryo Hashimoto (Aoyama Gakuin University) - 2:14:38 (Tokyo Marathon 2016)
Toshinori Watanabe (Aoyama Gakuin University) - 2:16:01 (Tokyo Marathon 2016)
Hirotaka Miki (Aoyama Gakuin University) - 2:24:49 (Okayama Marathon 2015)