Sakai City Council generously funds one Wellington runner to travel to Japan to participate in the Senshu marathon each year. Applications for the 2015 marathon opportunity closed on 31 October 2014, and on 8 November Wellington City Councillor Paul Eagle drew runner ANDREW WHARTON as the lucky runner to go to Japan in 2015. OLIVIER LACOUA was also selected as runner-up in case of injury.
The Senshu Marathon started in 1992. A Wellington resident has been selected to be an ambassador for the city, by running in the Senshu marathon in Japan since 1994.
The marathon runs through Sakai and the other ten districts of south part of Osaka, which used to be called ‘Senshu’. Athletes from other Sakai’s sister cities, Berkeley in the United States and Lianyungang in China, also travel to run the marathon. Around 4000 runners participate to the marathon.
Wellington’s representatives will travel to Sakai for a week (6 nights), with all expenses met by the Sakai Government. The runners will stay in both a hotel and home-stay accommodation, visit various attractions and cultural facilities in the Sakai, Osaka and Kyoto area and meet the Mayor of Sakai. The marathon will take place on 15 February 2015.