At a Jan. 19 press conference in Osaka, Kansai Television CEO Sumio Fukui announced that rock band The Alfee, who for over 30 years have written and recorded a theme song for each edition of the Osaka International Women's Marathon, will sing for the final time at this year's 37th running on Jan. 28.
The Alfee began their string of marathon anthems with Osaka's 6th edition in 1987, producing memorable hits like "You Get to Run," "One Step," and the classic "Shining Run." Fukui expressed his gratitude to the band, commenting, "We cannot thank all the members of The Alfee enough for the 31 songs they have written for us."
At the same, Fukui looked to the future, saying, "In the marathon as well, as the Tokyo Olympics approach the selection process has changed and we have entered the days of a new generation. I hope to change our broadcast step by step as well and explore new ways to bring its excitement to the public. This step marks a clean break with the past in order to make that move forward."
Kansai Television will broadcast a special "The Alfee's 42.195 km Melody" program on Jan. 22. The three members of The Alfee will look back on their legacy and talk about the thoughts and feelings underlying each of the marathon theme songs they wrote for Osaka.
source article: https://www.daily.co.jp/gossip/2018/01/19/0010911931.shtml
translated by Brett Larner