Shiseido Company, Limited (“Shiseido”) hereby announces that Risa Takenaka, Shiseido Running Club athlete, will retire from a full-time athletic career. Her last race will be The 36th Inter-Prefectural Women’s Ekiden, to be held on Sunday, January 14, 2018 in Kyoto prefecture, where she will represent Shiga prefecture.
Shiseido would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fans for the warm support of Ms. Takenaka.
Comment from Ms. Takenaka
“I have decided to leave Shiseido Running Club as of March 31, 2018. I have had repeated injuries since last summer, and I am no longer able to train properly and as much as needed to achieve my goals. Furthermore, as doctors say a complete recovery might be difficult, I have chosen to hang up my boots. Thanks to the great support from so many people, I really enjoyed track-and-field over the 16 years of my athletic career and the six years at Shiseido Running Club. I would like to offer my sincere gratitude to all of you for your warm support and encouragement. I will give my best performance at my last race! And I hope you will continue supporting Shiseido Running Club, going forward.”
2014 Finished 17th at World Half Marathon Championships
2015 Finished fourth at Nagoya Women’s Marathon
2015 Won Gold Coast Marathon
2016 Finished third at Osaka Women's Marathon
2017 Finished third at Gold Coast Marathon
November 30th, 2017 Shiseido Running Club finishes 8th in All-Japan Women’s Corporate Ekiden Championship