Over 200 participated in this year’s 25th Annual Japanese and American Goodwill Modified Triathlon in Iwakuni. Even though it is a Marine station event, people from all over Japan come to compete with station personnel in this competition composed of a 1 kilometer swim, a 4k run, a 28k bike ride and concludes with a final 4k run.
Participants can either compete as individuals or as part of a three-man team. The over-all winner for the event was Murayama Hideto, finishing with a time of one hour 25 minutes and 22 seconds. 193 Japanese and 49 Americans joined this year’s triathlon. Numbers are up for the American participants, owing to early promotions from the organizers of the event.
According to Mai Tajima, the Marine Corps Community Services Semper Fit division recreation specialist, some of the people who participate in this competition come out to get the chance to compete with the Americans. There were even some people who train the whole year round just to join in the triathlon. And every year, the competition has gotten tougher as people push themselves more to keep up with the other more serious participants. It’s one of the ways also in which the Japanese and station residents can bond together. There’s nothing like competitive sports to get camaraderie going, regardless of nationality.