http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/news/20120130-OYT1T01091.htm translated by Brett Larner The organizers of the 3rd Iwaki Sunshine Marathon to be held Feb. 12 in Iwaki, Fukushima, announced Jan. 30 that Iwaki native Ryuji Kashiwabara , 22, the captain of 2012 Hakone Ekiden winners Toyo University , will run as a special guest at this year's race. Kashiwabara commented, "I hope that I can give even a little encouragement to everyone in my hometown to help them take another step toward rebuilding." Kashiwabara is entered in the full marathon, which starts at the Iwaki Civic Track & Field Grounds, and plans to run around 8 km with the other entrants. Iwaki mayor and race committee director Takao Watanabe * said, "I want to extend my thanks to Kashiwabara for keeping all of us back home in his thoughts ever since the disasters." *Translator's note: This is not the same Takao Watanabe who coached Samuel Wanjiru and currently coaches Megumi Kinukawa.