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Corporate Outline

Name R-bies, INC. (Formally Runners, INC.)
Established December 1975
Capital 100 Million Yen
Corporate Directors

President & CEO Jiro Hashimoto

Senior Managing Director Yukiko Shimojo

Employees 161 (As of January 2017)
Head Office

DT Gaien 2-4-12 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan

Tel:+81-3-5711-7904

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

Location

Headquarters

Address DT Gaien 2-4-12 Jingumae Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0001 Japan
Tel (+81) 3-5771-7901
e-mail inquiry_en@runners.co.jp

Business Outline

Publications

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.

 

Web Services

Runnet (https://runnet.jp/)

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.

 

E-moshicom (https://moshicom.com/)

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.

 

App Services

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

 

Other Services

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.

 

Events

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)

 

Race Timing

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.

 

-Runners Award

-Top 100 Road Races of Japan

-All Japan Marathon/Half Marathon Ranking

-Runners Meister Certification Program

-Run Nippon (Hashirou Nippon)

-Team R2

-Marathon Challenge Cup

 

CORPORATE HISTORY

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