Earned With Sweat
Made in Massachusetts from our bespoke Varsity Cotton, the Grayboy Tee is our take on a team-issued top that wears in, not out. 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.
Throughout the course of his career, Tsuburaya embodied the popular Japanese cheer, “Ganbatte!” (“Do your best!"), a sentiment at the heart of marathoning.
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.