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Local and US communities compete in Ginowan City road race

By PFC Kelcey Seymour, Marine Corps Installations Pacific

The race was a way for the local and U.S. communities to bond through friendly competition and learn the importance of traffic safety.
Local and US communities compete in Ginowan City road race
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan – Marine Corps’ team Alpha pose for a photo with their first place trophy at the 41st Annual Ginowan City Traffic Safety Campaign Road Race Jan. 20 on Marine Corps Air Station, Okinawa, Japan. The Marine Corps’ teams, team Alpha and team Omega, competed in the race. The Marines Corps’ Alpha team won the race for first time in three years while the Marine Corps’ team Omega came in 5th place.
The race was a way for the local and U.S. communities to bond through friendly competition and learn the importance of traffic safety.
Local and US communities compete in Ginowan City road race
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan – Cpl. Cooper Terry, of Marine Corps’ team Alpha, sprints towards the finish of the 41st Annual Ginowan City Traffic Safety Campaign Road Race Jan. 20 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. The race was a way for the local and U.S. communities to bond through friendly competition and learn the importance of traffic safety. The route took runners from on MCAS Futenma to around the outer perimeter of the air station, stretching over eight miles. Terry is an administrative specialist with Marine Wing Headquarters Squadron (MWHS) 1.
The race was a way for the local and U.S. communities to bond through friendly competition and learn the importance of traffic safety.
Local and US communities compete in Ginowan City road race
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan – The Marine Corps’ teams, team Alpha and team Omega, pose for a group photo before the 41st Annual Ginowan City Traffic Safety Campaign Road Race Jan. 20 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan. The race was a way for the local and U.S. communities to bond through friendly competition and learn the importance of traffic safety. The relay race took place on, and around the outer perimeter of MCAS Futenma, stretching over eight miles.
The race was a way for the local and U.S. communities to bond through friendly competition and learn the importance of traffic safety.
Local and US communities compete in Ginowan City road race
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, OKINAWA, Japan – Members of the Ginowan City Fire Department hand off a sash during the 41st Annual Ginowan City Traffic Safety Campaign Road Race Jan. 20 in Ginowan City, Okinawa, Japan. The race was a way for the local and U.S. communities to bond through friendly competition and learn the importance of traffic safety. The relay race took place on, and around the outer perimeter of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, stretching over eight miles.

The race was a way for the communities to bond through friendly competition and learn the importance of a common concern; traffic safety. 

“I want everyone to have fun but I also want all the participants to spread awareness for traffic safety while doing so,” said Atsushi Sakima, mayor of Ginowan City. “Events like these are how we remind everyone to watch out on the road.”

The relay race commenced on MCAS Futenma, and extended to the outer perimeter of the air station, stretching over eight miles. Teams positioned their runners at relay points along the route and everyone was required to follow traffic regulations, and pedestrians safety laws.

“Various teams from all across Okinawa participate,” said Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Thompson, who coordinated the Marine Corps’ teams. “We like to highlight the Ginowan City Fire Department and the Marine Corps, because we have a friendly rivalry. But all ages are here, from school children to adults. This event is great for the Marines to have some fun and exercise, but this is also a reminder to everyone that safety is important. When they are out walking, running or driving, everyone has a part in keeping the road safe. They need to pay attention to pedestrians, signs and other vehicles.”

The race highlighted the importance of road safety by running the route alongside traffic. Runners had to be aware of each other and the cars on the road beside them. When runners crossed streets or passed intersections, they had to obey the lights and crossing guards. 

“It was fun,” said 2nd Lt. Payton Nevills a race participant with 3rd Medical Battalion. “It was good to compete with the [community] to build our comradery through friendly competition.”