Namban Rengo

 Photo Courteosy: Namban Rengo

Photo Courteosy: Namban Rengo

 
 

It all started when…

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. 

 
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Notes & Reflections

Namban Rengo

The Namban Rengo Running Club

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) 

History

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. 

 

 A bit of Namban Rengo's history

A bit of Namban Rengo's history

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First Contact

 The Namban Rengo website

The Namban Rengo website