We wanted to run. Not just learn about running, but run for ourselves our team. Early in our stay, we were lucky enough to find Namban Rengo, one of Tokyo's largest international running clubs, and a group of crazy dedicated runners that made Tokyo feel like home.
Notes & Reflections
An informal athletic and social community for runners of all expertise. Gathering, training and racing together year round, Namban Rengo offers an outlet for both nambanjin (southern foreigners) and Nihonjin (Japanese)
In 1989, Bob Poulson gathered together a group of "gaijins" (American and Irish expats) to run a local ekiden, a long-distance relay race that is very popular in Japan. After Poulson & crew finished top five out of the 100+ teams at the Okutama Ekiden -- one ekiden together turned into two ekidens which eventually led to a community of runners: Namban Rengo.