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AICHI

Walkathon will feature more than fitness

by Tomoko Otake

Staff Writer

Here’s your chance to make a difference while staying fit and having fun.

The Nagoya Walkathon — International Charity Festival will be held at Moricoro Park in the city of Nagakute, a suburb of Nagoya, this Sunday.

Started in 1992 and sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce and the Nagoya International School, the yearly charity walk is now the largest annual international event in Nagoya, promoting exchange between the international and local communities as well as supporting the work of local NPOs and charities and helping children in need in the Chubu Region.

The 2012 festival attracted more than 3,000 participants and raised ¥9 million, all of which went to charity. In addition to the 1.3-km walk itself, the family-oriented event will have food, live-music and stage shows, a children’s activity zone, and a raffle.

This year, the event features a “costume theme,” in which participants are encouraged to appear in costumes. There will be a competition, and the ones judged to be wearing the “best costumes” will win prizes.

The Nagoya Walkathon — International Charity Festival 2013 will take place from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. on Sunday in and around Moricoro Park’s Global Center, a domelike structure near the park’s north entrance. Tickets are ¥5,000 (with a special raffle) or ¥2,000 (with a general raffle) for adults, and ¥1,000 for students. Tickets can be purchased on the day. For more information, visit www.nagoyawalkathon.com.