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SAGAMI GENERAL DEPOT, Japan — It was a perfect day for running Sunday as a record number flocked to Sagami General Depot for the 14th annual East Japan International Friendship Marathon.

About 11,000 runners participating in the half-marathon, 10K and 5K races were cheered on by another 7,000 people, according to Bob Mcketa, co-coordinator for the event.

“We were very fortunate to have a good break with the weather,” Mcketa said. “This is an excellent community relations program that we put on with the Kanagawa Runner’s Association each year.”

Joshua Mumford, a sophomore at Zama American High school who placed second in the status of forces agreement men’s 5K, said preparing for the race was a great way to stay in shape.

“It was thrilling running with the Japanese runners and I feel it brings us all closer together,” Mumford said.

“It was wonderful and very well organized,” said Carrie Broncheau, a visitor from Bremerton, Wash.

She said the number of runners in the event surprised her and was a bit of a challenge for her because she is used to running alone. But that didn’t dampen her spirit.

“It’s really great to see how many people here are interested in physical activity,” she said.

The top finishersHalf-Marathon Men’s (SOFA)1. John Gill 1:34:222. Faron Cordrey 1:39:403. Elijah Hernandez 1:40:51Half-Marathon Women’s (SOFA)1. Yoko England 1:30:492. Manyin Chan 1:36:37Half-Marathon Men’s Open1. Yuuki Satou 1:11:162. Masaichirou Kisunoki 1:13:043. Kouji Ikeda 1:13:16Half-Marathon Women’s Open1. Kaori Segawa 1:32:502. Eiko Matsumoto 1:33:583. Takako Fukuda 1:35:1910K Men’s (SOFA)1. Charles Wisowaty 0:43:062. James Knapp 0:52:513. Kai Cordrey 0:54:2310K Women’s (SOFA)1. Debbie Alcaza 1:10:5010K Men’s Open1. Takanori Ohno 0:32:462. Yuta Hiramoto 0:33:233. Yuichi Baba 0:35:0210K Women’s Open1. Yukiko Shirahama 0:38:542. Nahoko Kondo 0:40:043. Eri Sato 0:41:0710K Men’s Masters (40 and over)1. Shigeharu Kita 0:33:292. Masaki Kazamatsuri 0:34:123. Takehiko Terashima 0:34:2710K Women’s Masters (40 and over)1. Keiko Kanefune 0:41:462. Shizue Haruyama 0:43:053. Yoshiko Maruo 0:43:445K Men’s (SOFA)1. Charles Ainsworth 0:23:092. Joshua Mumford 0:23:343. Alexander Gayhart 0:27:345K Women’s (SOFA)1. Megumi Gayhart 0:27:312. Carrie Broncheau 0:34:253. Valentina Huntt 0:38:415K Men’s Open1. Chiaki Shimojima 0:16:232. Ashio Ichihara 0:16:253. Daiske Samagu 0:16:275K Women’s Open1. Miho Takahagi 0:19:202. Yuko Takeshita 0:21:123. Ayako Matsuzaki 0:21:225K Men’s Masters (40 and over)1. Hiroko Kumazawa 0:15:582. Osamu Ohshima 0:16:293. Ken Ishikawa 0:16:345K Women’s Masters (40 and over)1. Junko Furusawa 0:21:142. Emi Suzuka 0:21:223. Keiko Takata 0:22:56


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