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Registration now under way for 2006 Okinawa Marathon

Date Posted: 2005-11-24

Applications are now being accepted for runners wanting to participate in the 2006 Okinawa Marathon.

The premier island event will run a 26 miles course through nine different cities, towns and villages of Okinawa on February 26th. Aside from the full marathon, organizers are also staging a 10km road race, also called a quarter-marathon.

Individuals 16 years of age and older, and in good health, are eligible to participate.

Registration applications will be accepted through December 28th. Entry fee is Y4,000 for the marathon and Y2,000 for the road race. The entry fee covers insurance, a towel and a commemorative tee shirt. Application forms are available on military installations at MCCS athletic facilities, Risner Fitness Center at Kadena Air Base, and at island USO’s. Off base, applications may be obtained from Print 21 at Camp Foster Concessions Arcade, or from the Okinawa Marathon Executive Offices in Okinawa City. The application is also available at the event homepage, www.okinawa-marathon.com.

The marathon will take place starting at 9am Feb. 26th. Final registrations occur the afternoon prior, when number tags are given to runnrs at the Okinawa Prefectural Comprehensive Athletic Park in Awase.

Registration payments are to be in yen, or by credit card when applications are made online. Officials remind runners there is an 8% service charge for paying by credit card.

The Okinawa Marathon is being sponsored by the Local Government Association of Central Okinawa, the Field Athletic Society, Okinawa Parks and Sports Development Society, The Ryukyu Shimpo, and Okinawa Television Broadcasting Co. Supporting organizations are the Kadena Air Base, Marine Corps Community Services, United Services Organization and 60 other groups and organizations.

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