Born and raised in Japan Yuko got her start in sport as a ice skater and later became a competitive sailor where she competed at the National level in Japan. As a child Yuko hated running but now running is a big part of her life. She's won many races here in Hawaii including the Kona Marathon, Kauai Marathon, Maui Marathon, Maui Oceanfront Marathon, North Shore Marathon and the Valley to the Sea Marathon. Yuko is also a broadcaster for a Japanese language radio station in Honolulu.
What keeps you motivated? "Racing and watching runners of all levels achieve their goals." Do you have a favorite workout? "I like early morning runs while it's still dark at Fort DeRussy in Waikiki.