Calling Coast runners for marathon trip of a life time
  • Tuesday 25 October 2011

Free, all expenses paid six-day marathon trip to Japan – literally…

The Sunshine Coast Sister City Association is looking for two marathon runners – a male and a female – to represent the region in the Senshu International City Marathon in Japan next February.

Sunshine Coast Councillor Jenny McKay said it was a wonderful opportunity for two Sunshine Coast marathon runners to represent the region in the international event and have an authentic Japanese cultural experience while doing so.

"You don’t have to be an elite athlete, just a healthy and fit sportsperson who competes in marathons," she said.

"On their Japanese journey of a life time, the successful applicants will be able to fly the banner on behalf of the Sunshine Coast region and let the locals know just what a great place we have here.

"It’s not every day opportunities like this come along and we are grateful to Senshu International City Marathon Committee and Izumisano City for the kind gesture."

The successful Sunshine Coast representatives will travel free to Japan, staying three nights in a hotel and three nights in a Japanese homestay. They will run the Osaka-based Senshu Marathon on 19 February 2012.

Former participant Paul Ewing said all Coast marathon runners should put their shoes in the ring for consideration for this amazing experience.

"I encourage everyone to register for this incredible trip I had the opportunity to experience three years ago," he said.

"For six days you get treated like a rock star with your own chauffeur, interpreter and photographer."

To apply you need to have recently completed a marathon in under five hours, be a Sunshine Coast resident 18 years of age or older, be in good physical health, be able to complete the race within the time limit and be a keen ambassador for the Sunshine Coast.

Applications must be received by Monday 31 October and the winner will be announced on Friday 11 November.

Applications forms can be downloaded at www.sunshinecoastsistercities.com.au.

The selection committee will include athletes’ representative, Mr Ewing and a Sunshine Coast Sister City Association representative.