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German Town to Hold Charity Event for Marathon Medalist Arimori's Disaster Relief Charity

The town of Karolinenhof, Germany will hold a charity run this Sat., May 21 to raise money for two-time Olympic marathon medalist Yuko Arimori's charity Hearts of Gold. Since the Mar. 11 disasters in the northeastern area of Japan, Arimori's group have established the Animo Project to raise funds to help rebuild schools in disaster-hit areas.

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