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Japanese Running Club 10th Anniversary
Mr.Shouji Arakawa came to Thailand 14 years ago. He has worked as president of Japanese company through the years.
Shouji start running when he was 47 years old. His aim was to participate Honolulu marathon as a memory of 50 years old. He run at noon recess of a company and in weekends.
Since he came to Thailand, he participated in Bangkok marathon every year. He is 69 years old now. But he runs 42.195 km around 3 hours and 50 minutes. He is fast. Then he got the first place of 70s last year. It is the second time for him to get the first place of age group at Bangkok marathon.
But the marathon is more than it for him. Because it is the start point of the Japanese running club Bangkok So-yuu-kai. He met other three Japanese runners at the marathon in 1995. They establish the So-yuu-kai the next year.
Shouji has been chairman of the club since 1997. The main activities of the club is that joint training once two weeks, dinner party once a two months, training trip to Changmai, etc. The club also makes a donation to Angkor wat marathon in Cambodia every year.
His headache as the chairman is to secure the members. Most of the members are Japanese Businessmen who stay in Thailand only 3 to 4 years.
I am always looking for new members
But the situation has bearded a big fruits. The old members of the So-yuu-kai spread in the world. For example, they form a team and join Tsurumi-Ekiden in Kanagawa-ken in Japan every year.
This year is 10th year anniversary of the establishment of Bangkok-So-yuu-kai. It is Shojis hearts desire to hold a memorial marathon event.
He said, Whereas we participate any marathon event in Thailand, Thai people worm welcome us. We would like to express our lot of thanks to them by the event.
He prepared Japanese traditional dolls as trophy for prizewinners. Sushi is also served for every runner after the race. It is held at The Ministry of Public Health, Tivanon Rd, Nontaburi on Sunday, 26th March. Mini-Marathon 10km start 6:00 am, Walk-Fun Run 2.5km 6:05. You can register beside the start point by the start time. The details of the information 0-22776670-1, Amazing Field.
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หมายเหตุ.- ThaiRunning.com ขอขอบคุณ Mr.Noboru Mizutani ที่ช่วยสัมภาษณ์ Mr.Shouji Arakawa
Director Senior Editor and Journalist