SoftBank Team Japan sailor Yugo Yoshida ran the Fukuoka Marathon 5k Sunday morning making a celebrity guest appearance ahead of Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Fukuoka taking place next weekend.
The 33-year-old America’s Cup sailor ran the 5k alongside thousands of runners competing from around the world in one of Japan’s largest annual marathons stretching 42km between the cities of Fukuoka and Itoshima.
“I had a lot of fun today”, said Yoshida. “It was very exciting getting the chance to join all the other runners along the marathon route. It was amazing to see how many fans there were of SoftBank Team Japan as well!”
Laughing about his 5k run, Yoshida also admitted that his muscle mass is a little heavier than the last time he ran competitively.
“I’ve probably put on 10kg of muscle since the last time I ran a race, so I’m not as thin as the other runners! I had a lot of fun representing the team.”
After being chosen almost one year ago at the team’s Japanese Crew Trials, Yoshida has since moved to Bermuda and embarked on an intensive training regimen preparing his body for the next generation of America’s Cup sailing where his heart rate will need to operate at maximum output for over 20 minutes.
Yoshida arrived in Fukuoka Friday evening in to help with SoftBank Team Japan’s preparation ahead of Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series Fukuoka – the team’s hometown event.
The final race of the nine-stop international sailing series, the event will be the first time an America’s Cup event has ever been held on the Asian continent.