Ayako is a native of Japan and moved to Colorado in 2015. She is a graduate of Kapiolani Community College in Hawaii and also worked as a dental assistant in Japan for 2 and a half years before moving to the states.

Ayako has two children, a 9-year old son named Kyle and a 10-month old daughter named Mina, in addition to a Cattle dog mix and Chihuahua mix. Running is a big part of her family. With her fiance, Mason, they run 5K/10K events every weekend. They also love to hike in the summer and snowboard in the winter.