Inspired By 1964
Made in Massachusetts from our Varsity Cotton, the Grayboy Tank is our take on a team-issued top. All our Grayboys are earned with sweat, especially this marathon edition.
Our first marathon kit of 2019 celebrates the legacy and unrivaled passion of Japanese long distance running and is inspired by marathoner Kokichi Tsuburaya’s race at the 1964 Olympics – one of the most dramatic finishes in history. That day, thousands of Japanese running fans roared as Tsuburaya entered Tokyo’s National Stadium in second place with just one lap of the track to go. However, British athlete Basil Heatley was close in pursuit. On the backstretch, Heatley caught Tsuburaya, pulling ahead on the straight away to finish just seconds ahead of the exhausted Japanese runner. Despite the defeat, Tsuburaya was hailed as a national hero, and his bronze was the only athletics medal for running-mad Japan in 1964.
As part of the collection launch, we worked with Tokyo-based illustrator Hiroki Nishiyama to capture the pieces in a series of graphic compositions, showcasing his unique “flat sculptures” and celebrating the spirit of Japan’s largest marathon.