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Culver City Sister City Committee Seeks Marathon Runners

Image is of a group of marathon runners from the waist down.The Culver City Sister City Committee—a non-profit international community organization—is looking for qualified runners to run in the 2018 Osaka/Kaizuka Senshu International City Marathon.   If you are a serious runner who can run a full marathon in 4 hours and 15 minutes or less, they are looking for you!

The Committee is specifically looking for one male and one female runner to participate in the 25th Annual Osaka Senshu International City Marathon. The race is scheduled for February 18, 2018 and will take place in Culver City’s Sister City Kaizuka, Japan.   The runners will be a guest of the city and will stay with Kaizuka host families during their five-day trip.

Martin Feinberg, Culver City Realtor, is a big fan of the Sister City program. According to the Sister City International website, “A sister city, county, or state relationship is a broad-based, long-term partnership between two communities in two countries. A sister city, county, or state relationship is officially recognized after the highest elected or appointed official from both communities sign off on an agreement. A city may have any number of sister cities, with community involvement ranging from a half dozen to hundreds of volunteers. In addition to volunteers, sister city organizations may include representatives from nonprofits, municipal governments, the private sector, and other civic organizations. Sister city relationships offer the flexibility to form connections between communities that are mutually beneficial and which address issues that are most relevant for partners. “

Culver City, which includes all areas of Culver City Real Estate, currently has four Sister Cities: Kaizuka Japan, Uruapan Mexico, Iksan South Korea, and Lethbridge Canada.

Those runners who wish to apply to run the marathon in Kaizuka Japan must be willing to meet certain requirements and take upon themselves certain responsibilities, both during the race and after it’s over. They must be 18 years old or older, be regular runners who are fit and currently in training, be capable of running a mostly flat course in winter conditions. They must have run a full marathon within the last two years and must be able to verify that they completed it within 4 hours and 15 minutes.   While in Japan, chosen runners must represent Culver City with pride, and also be interested in fostering international relationships with Kaizuka Japan while there and after returning home. Runners will be required to become a member of the Culver City Sister City Committee and after returning home will agree to host, at their home, a Kaizuka runner during the Los Angeles Marathon in March 2018.

Image is of the outline of the country of Japan imposed over the Japanese flag.Culver City residents who live or work within a two-mile radius of the city will be given priority in the application process. Airfare, lodging, meals, and sightseeing expenses will be covered but runners must have their own international insurance.

Those runners who are interested in this opportunity should contact David Winslow—Kaizuka Marathon Chair—at or through the Culver City Sister City Committee email at

Applications can be emailed to the email listed above or mailed to Culver City Sister City Committee P.O. Box 1072, Culver City, CA 90232. Martin Feinberg, Realtor, encourages interested runners not to procrastinate. All completed applications must be received no later than September 28, 2017.