Sister City Marathons facebook logo
Start of Senshu Marathon

Qualified Runners Needed To Run in 2017 Osaka/Kaizuka Senshu International City Marathon

Are you a serious marathon runner? Can you run a full marathon under 4 hours and 10 minutes? Yes, we took five minutes off the time because we are looking for really serious runners.

The Culver City Sister City Committee, a non-profit international and intercultural community organization, is looking for one male and one female runner to run the 24th Annual Osaka Senshu International City Marathon scheduled for Feb. 19, 2017 and be a guest and hosted by our sister city Kaizuka, Japan.

As good citizen diplomats, the two selected runners will reside with Kaizuka host families during the five day stay. As participants you will meet other sister city runners as well as international runners representing many cities in Osaka.

Applicants must be over 18 years of age, be regular runners, fit and in training, be able to run a mostly flat course in winter conditions, be keen on representing Culver City and be interested in, embracing, contributing and participating in the sister city relationship while in Kaizuka and upon your return home. Currently, expenses covered include airfare, lodgings, meals and sightseeing. You must have your own international insurance.

Priority for qualified runner given to Culver City residents, working or living within a 2 mile radius not excluded; must have participated in full marathon runs during the last two years (times must be verified) and completed the run within 4 hours and 15 minutes. You will be required to become a member of the Culver City Sister City Committee. Additionally, you will agree to reciprocate and host, at your home, a Kaizuka runner arriving in February 2016 to participate in the Los Angeles Marathon on behalf of Kaizuka City and Culver City.

If you are interested in applying for this exciting once in a lifetime opportunity, please contact Tim Petersen, Kaizuka Marathon Chair directly at or at the Culver City Sister City Committee’s email box Applications may be downloaded here.

All completed applications must be returned via email to or mailed and received no later than November 15, 2016 to Culver City Sister City Committee P.O. Box 1072, Culver City, CA 90232. TT

Press Release: Qualified Runners Needed To Run in 2017 Osaka/Kaizuka Senshu International Marathon

Application: 2017 Osaka/Kaizuka Senshu International City Marathon


2016 Hamid Rostamian Lorelei Newman
2015 Michael Mahurin Man Trang
2014 Christpher King Kirsten Bell
2013 Timothy Petersen Michelle Henrickson
2012 Mary Beth Pohl Matt Seeberger
2011 Daniel Dobbs Veronica Reyes
2010 Pete Tuccillo Omotayo Balogun
2009 Craig Schoenbaum Anne Nevison-Brand
2008 Mike Cohen Lisa D'Angelo
2007 Daryl Wells Natalie Shaby
2006 Erik Reese Kyra Rafferty
2005 Kirk Newman Susten Sperling
2004 Darryl Wells Francoise Crannell
2003 Scott Sullivan Elena Sherman
2002 Takashi Yagisawa Rikako Takei
2001 Gary Pealer Susan Ouellette
2000 Keith Iovine Gretchen Anne Lohr