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Koichi Kawashima (D990-JPN), Kenshi MISHIRO (D991-JPN), Chikao Ikeda (D992-JPN)

« DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY »

Koichi Kawashima, Kenshi MISHIRO, Chikao Ikeda, all of whom are running under the ‘Aho’ team banner, make a merry group. They have brightened up the 2014 edition of the Marathon des Sables no end, inspiring admiration wherever they go

It’s via the television that the three young Japanese runners discovered the Marathon des Sables, at which point they vowed to be part of this “extraordinary sporting and human experience”. It’s a done deal. Koichi Kenshi and Chikao have really made their presence felt in their first MDS. Indeed they’ve attracted a great deal of attention and are much appreciated by all: “They’re very cheery and have been sending out positive waves all around them,” says a French competitor.

And thus far, nothing has dulled their enjoyment and their good humour. Even the long leg, during which it’s hard to get a simple smile from some competitors due to the numerous inherent difficulties.

The Marathon des Sables is very testing, particularly as a result of the merciless heat. These difficulties are nothing compared with how happy this race makes us though. That’s why we prefer to sing and dance all the time. It’s an effective distraction”, they admit bursting into laughter.
Indeed, Bobby McFerrin’s hit, “Don’t worry, be happy”, perfectly sums up their state of mind. And that’s why we admire them so much!

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