yuaikai runSAN JOSE — Yu-Ai Kai will be hosting its annual Nihonmachi Run/Walk for All Ages and Community Health Fair on Sunday April 26th, 2015 in San Jose’s Japantown.

This run is an annual favorite event, offering participants of all ages a safe and pleasant three-mile course through the residential streets around San Jose’s historic Japantown. There are also one-mile and two-mile cutoff points that bring you back to the starting point, close to the Nikkei Matsuri festival, and the annual Yu-Ai Kai Health Fair at the Akiyama Wellness Center, 110 Jackson St.

The event will start at 9 a.m., with limited walk-up registration available beginning at 7:15 a.m. The awards ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the Akiyama Wellness Center.

Prizes will be awarded in six different age categories – 36 prizes in all. Yu-Ai Kai will award prizes for first-, second- and third-place finishers in the three-mile run for men and for women in each age division: 12 and under, 13-19, 20-39, 40-59, 60-69, and 70 and over. There will also be prizes awarded for the largest family group, the best costumed runners/walkers and for the most sponsor money raised.

yuaikai run graphicRegister before Tuesday, April 14, to guarantee that you receive a T-shirt. Register yourself and your entire family online through Eventbrite at: http://nihonmachirun2015.eventbrite.com

If you wish to register by mail, a registration form is available at the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center and online at www.yuaikai.org. This is a fundraiser for Yu-Ai Kai’s senior programs and everyone is encouraged to sign up sponsors and generate tax-deductible donations. Run/walk registration is free for seniors 75 years of age or older and to individuals who raise a minimum of $75 or more in sponsor donations.

Current sponsors include: Union Bank, Ray and Lucy Matsumoto, Sutter Health/Palo Alto Medical Foundation, City of San Jose Senior Health and Wellness Initiative Programs, Design2Market, and the San Jose Ninjas.

Questions? Contact event chair Rickey Ono at rickeyono5@gmail.com or (650) 219-5238.

The Health Fair, held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., features over 20 different health-related public, nonprofit, and private organizations for the whole family. Participants receive free and nominal-fee health screenings and health and wellness education materials. This year’s Health Fair will feature even more agencies that serve children and families.

Then, stroll around the annual Nikkei Matsuri Festival, featuring cultural displays, crafts, food and entertainment and the weekly Farmer’s Market.

If you are interested in being a sponsor for either the Nihonmachi Run and/or the Health Fair, contact Debbie Saito, fund development manager, at dsaito@yuaikai.org. If you are interested in volunteering (must be 18+ years old), contact Julie Hubbard at jhubbard@yuaikai.org.

Yu-Ai Kai Senior Service is a nonprofit senior center that has been serving the senior community for 40 years. Its mission is to promote healthy aging, successful independent living and to advocate for all seniors, while embracing Japanese American tradition. Its vision is to be a leader in empowering seniors to age well and thrive.

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