May 16, 2011 9:40 AM

Kumatori Road Race

imageHello, everyone. I’m Saiki, of Sumitomo Electric Fine Polymer, Inc.

On March 6 this year, the 21st Kumatori Road Race was held in Kumatori Town, Osaka Prefecture. Three courses of different distances were offered: 3 km (for families/junior high school students), 5 km and 10 km. This road race uses the Osaka University of Heath and Sport Sciences track as the starting/finishing point. Participants run the hilly running courses, taking on their individual challenges. Though not large in scale, the Kumatori Road Race has taken root in the Sennan district as a popular event heralding the arrival of spring.

This year’s race featured Mr. Kenji Moriwaki, entertainer, as a guest runner. Following an amusing introduction, participants started the race in a friendly mood. The weather forecast had predicted rain for the day of the event, but as it turned out the day was fine, ideal for running. Immediately after the closing ceremony, however, the sky suddenly turned dark and a few drops of rain began to fall.

I’m sure that many participants greatly enjoyed the race. They ranged from serious runners and athletics club members, who aimed at better times and ranks, to couples from northern Osaka, three-generation family groups and elderly runners cheered on by their grandchildren, to “cosplaying” (dressing up and pretending to be a fictional character) lads who somehow recorded good finishing times.


Each year thus far, about 10 employees of Sumitomo Electric Fine Polymer have participated as volunteers in managing the race. This year, many young employees living in the company dormitory joined us.

We were in charge of issuing completion certificates to all who finished the race. It was very hectic, though, especially when several runners over different distances finished at the same time. The area near the finish line was in constant confusion: some participants nearly left for home without receiving their completion certificates, others got in the wrong line, and others clustered together with their friends and families, making it difficult for us to issue the right certificates to the right finishers.

Nevertheless, it was very heartwarming to hear participants, after finishing the race, speaking so happily with their families and friends about their races and finishing times, or to see parents praising their children’s efforts in the race. As a member of this community I will continue to be involved in the Kumatori Road Race, which brings happiness to so many.


Sumitomo Electric Fine Polymer, Inc.
Sumitomo Electric Fine Polymer, Inc. (Kumatori-cho, Sennan-gun, Osaka) was spun off from Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. in July, 1999. The company’s two major business domains handle irradiated products, represented by Sumitube™ and Irrax™ tube, and polymeric products such as Sumiflon™ and Poreflon™. Using its unique technology, the company contributes to a wide range of industries, including automobiles, information and communications, home electronics and infrastructure.


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