It Is Time To Register For The 2016 Wakashio Marathon

Mayor Linville at Tateyama Runners Banzai Send-Off

Mayor Linville at Tateyama Runners Banzai Send-Off

Would you like to run in our Sister City Tateyama, Japan’s 36th Wakashio Marathon/10K/2K on January 31st, 2016?

We’ve been sending folks to Tateyama for decades and this might be your year!  If so, contact us immediately as the deadline is approaching.

Challenge your running record and do some citizen diplomacy for world peace at the same time!  For just your airfare ($766 on 10/17/15) and a few other expenses, our friends in Tateyama will waive the race fee, pick up/drop you off at Tokyo Narita airport, and provide a home stay with a local family.  You’ll make life long memories and friends on this trip.  Our Australian sister City, Port Stephens is sending runners too! So not only will you be able to enrich yourself in Japanese culture, but you will be able to become close to a couple Australian runners as well! This year you can compete for a Sister Cities Association $1000 grant.  All runners would share the grant equally, but each of you should apply.  Click here for Grant Application:
Tentative Schedule :

  • Depart Seattle/Vancouver (Vancouver BC is cheapest) Wednesday 1-27 and arrive Narita (Tokyo) Japan Thursday 1-28.
  • 1/28  Thursday:  Arrival
  • 1/29  Friday:
  •          Courtesy call to Mayor・Course Overview
  • 1/30  Saturday:
  •          13-15 Marathon Class
  •        16-18 Eve festival
  • 1/31  Sunday:
  •          Wakashio Marathon
  • 2/1   Monday:
  •         Exchange with elementary school students
  •       Japanese cultural experience
  •       Farewell Party
  • 2/2   Tuesday:   Departure

Call/text/email Sabrina immediately at 360-595-4614. The Deadline for this is Friday 11-20-15 and we can only send 3 runners!

Sabrina Hock, BSCA Marathon Exchange Director, Bellingham Sister Cities Association, 360-595-4614

Ross Grier
Tateyama City Chairperson
Bellingham Sister Cities Association
Mayor’s Office, City Hall
210 Lottie Street
Bellingham,  WA  98225
cell: 360-927-3687

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