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2:27 Marathoner Shimokado Quits Corporate League to Go Independent


As always, thank you all for your support!

I would like to announce that I, Miharu Shimokado, have quit the Nitori women's running team to relaunch my career as an independent pro marathon runner. I've made this decision to go independent because day by day I've felt more strongly that to grow as an athlete I have to be able to express my own unique style and color, in both the on times and the off.

As an independent runner free from the threat of being crushed under the weight of other people's image of the marathon I'm ready to become a truly beautiful runner in every sense. As an immediate goal I'll pursue qualifying for the MGC Race 2020 Olympic marathon trials. After that it's making the Tokyo Olympics marathon team. I want to show that you don't have to throw the woman part away to get stronger, that we are strong because we are women.

Please check out my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! And remember the name Miharu Shimokado!

Translator's note: Shimokado ran her marathon best of 2:27:54 at the 2017 Nagoya Women's Marathon. She is scheduled to run Sunday's Gold Coast Marathon.

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Metts said…
Excellent! Hope she can follow in the steps of other notable independent pros and notable amateurs as mentioned recently here who have also excelled outside the confines or the corporate system. Not to mention the latest Japanese royal choosing love over status.

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