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Mar. 30, 2011

Sysmex to Be Special Sponsor of the Kobe Marathon 2011
Theme: “Thanks and Friendship”

  Sysmex Corporation (HQ: Kobe, Japan; President: Hisashi Ietsugu) has announced its special sponsorship of the Kobe Marathon 2011, (sponsored by Hyogo Prefecture, the City of Kobe, the Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education and the City of Kobe Board of Education). The marathon is scheduled for Sunday, November 20, 2011.

 Throughout Japan, marathons are enjoying a boom in popularity accompanying the population’s rising health awareness. In addition to the large marathons being staged in Tokyo, Osaka and other major cities, citizens in a growing number of smaller cities throughout the country are holding marathons of their own. Kobe has likewise decided to hold its own marathon. The theme of this marathon, “Thanks and Friendship,” is meant to express the gratitude of the people in the Kobe area to all the people who assisted the reconstruction region following the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
 
  The Sysmex Group, founded in 1968 and headquartered in Hyogo Prefecture, helps people remain healthy through its long dedication to promoting the advancement of healthcare in accordance with the “Sysmex Way,” the Group’s philosophy. In addition to conducting its regular business operations, Sysmex strives to contribute through the community by providing support to the Kobe Medical Industry Development Project and local universities. Operating in the healthcare sector, Sysmex is well acquainted with the link between sports and health.
 
  Like other organizations with close ties to the city of Kobe, Sysmex is deeply grateful for the help it received when rebuilding in the aftermath of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. As special sponsor of the Kobe Marathon 2011, we hope to pass on this warm support to runners throughout Kobe and Hyogo Prefecture, as well as a feeling of appreciation toward the spectators.
  In addition to providing the bib numbers that the expected 20,000 participants will wear during the race, we will exhibit at a booth in the Kobe Marathon EXPO and support the Sysmex employees volunteering their time to assist throughout the activities.
 
  Going forward, Sysmex will contin ue its pioneering efforts as a frontrunner in healthcare. As we strive to make advances in this field, we aim to contribute to an even healthier and more prosperous society.



Overview of the Kobe Marathon 2011

Name: Kobe Marathon 2011
Date:
November 20, 2011 (Sunday)
Sponsors:
Hyogo Prefecture/City of Kobe/Hyogo Prefectural Board of
Education/City of Kobe Board of Education/Hyogo Amateur Athletic Association
Race:
Full marathon, quarter marathon
Participants:
Approximately 20,000


Related Links (Japanese only)

・Hyogo Prefecture, City of Kobe: Kobe Marathon 2011:

http://www.kobe-marathon.net/

・Sysmex’s Kobe Marathon site:

http://kobe-marathon.sysmex.co.jp/

*Information contained in the press release is current as of the date of the announcement,
but may be subject to change without prior notice.

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