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Elementary students take 21km hike around Kadena

Date Posted: 2011-03-24

Originally billed as a ‘parent and child walk’ or ‘graduate celebration walk’, some 100 kindergarten through junior high school students from Okinawa City have completed a 21km walk around Kadena Air Base.

The students from Murokawa Elementary School, joined by some older youngsters, began their trek from the school at 7:40 a.m., making the complete loop by 2:30 p.m. Tired but undaunted, the children say they were excited by the walk, which first began more than 23 years ago and is now designed to promote healthy living.

The 70-year-old Okinawan who originated the walk, Eisho Yagi, says “we want to continue such activities and enjoying the walks together.” He said feelings were important, noting that youngsters weren’t injured and that none dropped out.

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