The DeNA Running Academy announced on June 10 that it will add a women's U-15 group aimed at junior high school students to its program beginning in August. Outsourcing the coaching to the Daiichi Seimei women's corporate team, the Tokyo branch of the program will be led by 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics marathoner Tomomi Tanaka, with former 5000 m national record holder Yasuko Harada handling the Hiratsuka program branch.
Tanaka, who just retired from competition in February, commented, "I want to help develop athletes who can believe in the growth they are making toward achieving their dreams, and who will have the courage to take on the big challenges. I hope that this experience will help me continue to grow alongside them."
The program is targeted toward girls in the first and second year of junior high school. Participants will be selected from among online applicants. For more information please see the program's website.
translated by Brett Larner