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To apply to represent Riverside at the annual running of the Sendai International Half Marathon in May 2019, please submit this application through Google Docs to the Sendai Committee of the International Relations Council (IRC) of the City of Riverside. For further information, you may email them at: sendai.half.marathon@gmail.com

Race Information

  • The city of Sendai (Japan) hosts one male and one female runner from each of their nine sister-cities for their annual, highly-competitive international half marathon in May. Riverside and Sendai have been sister cities since 1957, the second-oldest such relationship in the world.
  • The race is normally held on the second Sunday of May so we anticipate the race to be May 12, 2019. The trip is usually 5-7 days including travel days.
  • The race website is sendaihalf.com, but the selection of Riverside’s runners is by the Sendai Committee of the International Relations Council of Riverside (ircriverside.com/home/services/sendai-japan).

Runner Eligibility

  • One male and one female runner will be selected to represent Riverside in this race.
  • Runners must have amateur status and be at least 18 years old (as of trip departure).
  • Runners must live, work, or train in Riverside and be a good ambassador of the city.
  • Qualifying times: Half marathon in 1:40 (men) and 1:50 (women) as of January 1, 2018.
  • Application deadline: January 15, 2019.

Expectations of Runners

  • To confirm your amateur status and provide a personal photo and copy of your passport for race officials.
  • To be responsible for your own plane fare to/from Tokyo, and possibly some other travel expenses. Most other travel expenses related to the race (transportation in Japan, hotel, food, translators, etc.) are covered by the hosts for the runner (but not anyone accompanying the runner).
  • To join and participate in the International Relations Council of Riverside. The IRC is a non-profit group within the City of Riverside which maintains Riverside’s sister-city relationships.
  • To represent Riverside in a positive and professional manner with outstanding character.
  • To participate in orientation meetings prior to departure.
  • To abide by the decisions of the coach (head of delegation) at all times.

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