Nike: RUN Fwd

Passing it on, Japanese style

Published on Jan 21, 2011

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Relay runners all over the world 'pass it on' via email and their races are tracked online in Nike RUN Fwd, an interactive project from Nike Japan.

The idea is based on Ekiden, a popular Japanese winter sport in which long-distance relay runners pass on a sash called a tasuki instead of a baton.

In Nike's version, participants must run at least 3km of the race and then nominate the next runner in their team via email invitation. The email contains a customized movie showing who has run so far and asking if they're willing to take up the challenge. If they fail to run within the allotted time period of 72 hours, the team will be disqualified. Teams compete over the two month race period as they contend to become the world's longest Ekiden team.

The runners are tracked using Nike+GPS and their running routes recorded online, with map information played as a movie showing the journey of the sash around the world.

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Jan 21, 2011
Wieden + Kennedy Tokyo
Executive Creative Director:
Frank Hahn
Executive Creative Director:
Naoki Ito
Genki Ito
Art Director:
Naoki Ga
Hiroshi Kuyama
Andrew Miller
Interactive Copywriter:
Takayuki Rokutan
Digital Production:
Root Communications
Technical Director:
Toru Terashima
Hiromi Yoshikawa
Systems Engineer/Programmer:
Tsuyoshi Tanaka
Systems Engineer/Programmer:
Masatoshi Fujiyama
Markup Engineer:
Takeshi Ninomiya
Interactive Designer/Flash Developer:
Ken Murayama
Art Director/Designer:
Masanori Sakamoto
Film Production Company:
Kenji Yamamoto
Masahiko Abe
Production Manager:
Poco Saito
Director of Photography:
Naoki Noda

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