The Run for the Cure, a charity race benefitting efforts to eradicate breast cancer, was held at the Imperial Palace loop on November 26th. There were 5K and 10K races and a 5K walk, with prizes for the top three men and women in both races. Participants were cheered on by Hooters girls at each kilometer mark, and were entertained post-race by a great taiko drumming group featuring about 20 good-looking women, including a number of breast cancer survivors. Refreshing post-race ale was courtesy of Baird’s Brewery. Special guest was Ai Ueda, former Japan and Asian triathlon champion and 2012 Olympic team member, who cruised along with Bob and Sara Wilhelm (photo) and never stopped smiling.
Namban highlights were Natalie Darbon winning the 10K (photo, finishing ahead of Stan!), and Ed Clease 2nd and Richard Dawson 3rd in the 10K. Also running were Michael (4th in 10K), Stan, Satoe, Mary, Pat (PB 47:17!), Barry, Paddy and Bob.