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Naha Marathon entries now being accepted

Date Posted: 2009-08-06

Okinawa’s Festival of Sun, Ocean and Joggers, better known as the Naha Marathon, is four months from today, and organizers are now accepting entries for Okinawa’s premier sporting event.

The Naha Marathon runs Sunday, December 6th, on a Peace Prayer Park Course that starts at the Asahibashi Crossing intersection on Highway 58 in downtown Naha City, then winds its way across southern Okinawa before returning to a finish line at the city’s Onoyama Park. Organizers say the 25th annual race will take place ‘rain or shine’. The Naha Marathon was launched in 1985 to commemorate the 25th anniversary bond between Naha and Honolulu.

Participants may register at the Naha MarathonAssociation Office, Ryukyu Bank, and at post offices. Each individual must complete an application form and also submit the ¥4,500 entry fee. Applications may also be completed, in Japanese, on the internet: http://www.sportsentry.ne.jp. Participants may also pay at Lawson, and Family Mart.

The fee for individuals under 18 years of age and those over age 65 is ¥3,500. The entry fee includes a tee shirt, number card and insurance. Other registration locations are the Naha City Office, Southern municipality offices, Kunigami, Ogimi and Higashi Village Offices, and other archipelago offices. Applications may also be submitted at the Okinawa Times newspaper head office and its branches, the Ryukyu Broadcasting Corporation offices, and the Bank of the Ryukyu head office.

Information is available from the Naha Marathon office, 1-3-31 Omoromachi, Naha City, Okinawa, 900-8678 Japan. The office operates daily 10 a.m. ~ 6 p.m. The marathon home page, http://www.naha~marathon.jp has information in English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean.

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