April 5, 2013 6:38 PM

Participated in the Osaka International Women’s Marathon as Volunteer Roadside Attendant!

Hello! I’m Fukuda of SEI Business Creates, Inc.

The Osaka International Women’s Marathon, which is loved as a herald of spring in Naniwa (Osaka), was held on January 27, 2013, Sunday. I participated in the event again this year as a volunteer roadside attendant. I began to join this activity with employees from Sumitomo Electric, and this year marked our 32nd participation.

This year’s race doubled as a trial for the IAAF World Championships in Athletics to be held in Moscow in August. In addition to a full marathon, in which 500 athletes competed, the 2013 Osaka Half Marathon was held, in which 5,000 runners participated.

Providing security

▲Providing security

I worked as a roadside attendant at the areas around the 12 km and 33 km marks, which both half and full marathon runners passed through. With approximately 30 volunteers, I spent about six hours in chilly weather conditions at a temperature of 4C˚, taking care of bicycle parking, guiding spectators, installing traffic signs, and doing other activities to ensure a smooth race operation.

While engaged in the volunteer activities, we, of course, never forgot to cheer on the runners! Seeing Noritaka Fujiyama, a member of Sumitomo Electric’s athletics club, running, we called out to him “Keep it up!” Obliging us, he performed well enough to come second place in the men’s division of the registration of the Japan Association of Athletics Federation.

I hear that approximately 3,000 persons participated in this year’s event as volunteers. As one of them, I believe that I was able to contribute in some small way to making the event even more exciting.

With other volunteer staff members

▲With other volunteer staff members

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