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|Name||R-bies, INC. (Formally Runners, INC.)|
|Capital||100 Million Yen|
President & CEO Jiro Hashimoto
Senior Managing Director Yukiko Shimojo
|Employees||161 (As of January 2017)|
DT Gaien 2-4-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
|Number of Offices||
19 Locations throughout Japan
Hokkaido, Sendai, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama, Chiba, Tokyo, West Tokyo, Yokohama, Hokushinetsu, Shizuoka, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Kobe, Shikoku, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Okinawa
|Principle Lines of Business||
Publications / Web Services / App Development / Event Organizing / Race Timing / R-bies Sports Foundation
Runners Magazine – Since 1976, Runners magazine has been enjoyed by many running enthusiasts all over Japan. The magazine features the latest running news, race shoes/gear information, training tips and more for beginners to elite runners. With over 270,000 monthly subscribers, Runners is currently the top-selling running magazine in Japan.
FUNRiDE – FUNRiDE provides the latest cycling related articles and information for the cycling enthusiast. Event registration information, video clips, course introduction, and a useful glossary is available for new and veteran cyclists. The FUNRiDE team also helps organize “Mount Fuji Hill Climb,” the largest cycling event in Japan.
Runnet launched in 1996 as the first running portal website in Japan. The website provides registrations for over 2,400 races annually and currently has over 2.5 million members. In addition to race registrations, the website offers race results and photos, race reviews, an online shop and community forums. Runnet generates roughly 30 million page views each month.
Runnet Global (http://runnetglobal.com/)
The Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and R-bies, INC. have partnered to launch Runnet Global, a new race registration platform. This website will serve as a global window for runners to access major races in over 100 countries and territories around the world. By simplifying the race registration process, participants will approach international races in a whole new way.
This portal site was designed for smaller running clubs and race organizers to attract new runners and manage their events from the backend portal website. Other categories on E-Moshicom include trail running, walking, cycling, swimming, and more.
TATTA – GPS Training App
RUN PASSPORT – Race Day Check-in App
Dore Hashiru – Race Finder App
Ouen Navi – Participant Tracker App
Runners Note – Running Calendar App
Run Photo+ – Run Photo is R-bies’ exclusive photo service that identifies each runner by their unique QR code embedded on their race bib. The latest version of the software allows participants print their photo-embedded finisher’s certificate right after the race.
Yuzureru – This system allows registrants to “pass on” their entries to other runners if for any reason they cannot participate. The runners who have given up their entries will be reimbursed by “runpo” (Runnet currency) that can be used towards the next race registration.
Kyugo Navi – This useful medical aid app serves as a communication portal for medical staff and race organizers on the race day. Race organizers are able to locate the medical staff on the course and provide prompt instructions.
Runnet For Organizer – This backend portal was developed for organizers to manage and account their race entries, download race reviews and photos. This system also allows the organizers to collect the data of runners during the race in real time.
R-bies Brand Races – R-bies manages and organizes events by utilizing their knowledge and expertise in the running industry. Races Include: 30K Series, 24 Hour Relay Marathon, Shibuya Omotesando Women’s Run, Shibamata 100K, Summer Night Run Series, Mount Fuji Hill Climb, Okinawa 100K.
Outsourced Races – Starting with Tokyo Marathon in 2007, many large-scale domestic races have outsources R-bies for race management and operations. Races Include: Tokyo Marathon, Osaka Marathon, Kyoto Marathon, Kobe Marathon, Hokkaido Marathon, Nagano Marathon, Nara Marathon, Shizuoka Marathon, Fukuchiyama Marathon, Tokushima Marathon, Kita Kyushuu Marathon, Itabashi City Marathon, SagaSakura Marathon, Shimonoseki Kaikyo Marathon, Fukuoka Marathon, UTMF (Ultra Trail Mount Fuji)
RECS, INC. – Race timing company, RECS was established after branching off of Runners, INC. in 1992. The first IC chip timing system was introduced in Japan by RECS in 1996. From elite races to fun runs and trail runs, R-bies times over 800 races annually, which amounts to roughly 3.5 million chip times a year.
R-bies Sports Foundation
R-bies Sports Foundations was established in 2010 to expand and cultivate the local running culture in Japan. Projects of the foundation include supporting local sports events, data collection, and providing market analysis to organizers.
-Top 100 Road Races of Japan
-All Japan Marathon/Half Marathon Ranking
-Runners Meister Certification Program
-Run Nippon (Hashirou Nippon)
-Marathon Challenge Cup
|1975||Runners, INC. (R-bies, INC. today) established in Tokyo, Japan|
|1976||The first issue of Runners Magazine was published|
|1977||Honolulu Marathon tours begin|
|1984||The first issue of “Triathlon Japan” published|
|1985||Race timing company, RECS established|
|1987||R-bies, INC. organizes first 100km race in Japan “Lake Saroma 100km Ultra Marathon”|
|1988||Runners Award established|
|1989||Gold Coast Marathon tours begin|
|1993||The first issue of FUNRiDE was published|
|1994||Outsourced for operations/management by Kyoto International Half-Marathon|
|1997||Runnet.jp launches as first running portal website in Japan|
|1998||Vote-based “Top 100 Road Races of Japan” Announced|
|2004||Mount Fuji Hill Climb established|
|2005||“Top 100 Road Races of Japan” established|
|2007||Outsourced for operations/management by Tokyo Marathon|
|2009||Runners, INC. changes its name to R-bies, INC.|
|2010||Outsourced for operations/management by Nara Marathon|
|2011||R-bies brand race “Shibuya Omotesando Women’s Run” established|
|2011||Outsourced for operations/management by Osaka Marathon|
|2011||Outsourced for operations/management by Kobe Marathon|
|2012||Outsourced for operations/management by Kyoto Marathon|
|2012||Outsourced for operations/management by Nagoya Women’s Marathon|
|2013||R-bies brand race “Shibamata 100km” established|
|2014||Runners Meister Certification Program established|
|2015||Runnet Japan launched|
|2015||Cyclist website, “FunRide” launched|
|2016||Widely expands local offices (currently 19 locations)|
|2016||Partners with AIMS as their official registration partner|
|2016||R-bies brand race “Okinawa 100km Ultramarathon” established|
|2017||Marathon Challenge Cup Established|