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Three Ways for Runners to Support Japanese Relief Efforts

Along with the first-round efforts from the Red Cross, Salvation Army and other major relief organization, several ways have emerged for runners to help the 370,000 displaced and homeless in Japan's tsunami-stricken northeastern region. As temperatures in the area have fallen below zero their circumstances have drastically worsened. Baseball's Ichiro Suzuki has donated 100 million yen, roughly $1,235,000 USD at current exchange rates, to the Japanese Red Cross, but we can all still do our parts. Please take a moment to do something to help.

Two-time World Championships 400 m hurdles bronze medalist Dai Tamesue is fundraising on behalf of Civic Force, an emergency response team operating in the tsunami-affected area. Click here to support his efforts.

Marathon Talk has organized Run for Japan, a worldwide effort for people to dedicate one of their runs to supporting Japan via the British Red Cross. Click here to visit their site.

Namban Rengo, a Tokyo-based international running club, is organizing the Tohoku Disaster Relief Fund Run/Walk on Mar. 19 at 3:00 p.m. at Tokyo's Jingu Gaien running oval near the National Stadium. Click here to sign up and to get more info.

Lastly, while not directly running-related, the Second Harvest food bank is a worthy cause collecting imperishable food and day-to-day necessities to provide to victims. Click here for more information.

Thank you.

Brett & Mika
Japan Running News

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