Run for the Cure/Walk for Life Japan 2012

Love running?

Why not do it for a good cause, and join the Run for the Cure/Walk for Life 2012 in the hot spring village of Nozawa, Nagano prefecture.

Run for the Cure has made a name for itself in Japan, holding regular events and fundraisers to fight breast cancer. It was established in order to fund clinical examinations and mammography machines, donate funds to organizations promoting related activities, and develop and execute community outreach programs.

Luckily, survival rates are increasing as early detection rates rise, yet in Japan, few women receive mammograms, therefore detection rates aren’t rising as quickly as elsewhere in the world. Therefore, participation in activities such as Run for the Cure can significantly raise awareness amongst communities and families.

Pick the 5 km or 10 km course and keep your pace with a gorgeous mountains for a backdrop. If you aren’t such a runner but want to get involved, you can choose to walk the 2 km path instead. The organisers are offering a bus service from Tokyo to Nozawa (see details below), as well as discounted hotel stays. Don’t miss this chance to exercise for a good cause: tie up your laces and join the stride.

Run for the Cure/Walk for Life

Click here to register/donate.

When: Saturday Sept. 29 2012

Where: Nozawa Onsen City Hall

How much: Adults ¥3,000, children 6-12 ¥2,000, free for under 5s.

Round trip bus fare is ¥7,000 for adults, ¥6,000 for children aged between 6-12. (under 5s are free.)

The bus will leave Tokyo on Saturday at 7 a.m., and will return from Nozawa on Sunday Sept. 30 at 2 p.m.

Click here for more details.