Sysmex Corporation (HQ: Kobe, Japan; Chairman and CEO: Hisashi Ietsugu) has announced its special sponsorship of the Kobe Marathon 2018 (sponsored by Hyogo Prefecture, the City of Kobe, the Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education, the City of Kobe Board of Education, and Hyogo Amateur Athletic Association). The marathon is scheduled for Sunday, November 18, 2018.
The theme of this marathon, "Thanks and Friendship," is meant to express the gratitude of the people in the Kobe area to everyone who assisted in the reconstruction of the region following the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. The Sysmex Group, which was founded in 1968 and is headquartered in Hyogo Prefecture, shares this sense of gratitude and is proud to continue our special sponsorship of the event since its inception in 2011.
The Sysmex Group has for many years been helping people to remain healthy through our dedication to the advancement of healthcare in accordance with the Group's corporate philosophy, which we call the "Sysmex Way." As a company involved in healthcare, in addition to our business activities we aim to contribute to a fulfilling and healthy society through the promotion of sports such as the activities of a women’s track and field team and sponsorship of the marathon in our home city of Kobe.
On Sunday, November 19, 2017, some 20,000 runners took to the streets of Kobe for Kobe Marathon 2017, while over 600,000 spectators lined the course to cheer them on. The runners experienced a variety of feelings as they proceeded toward their goal through the port town of Kobe, which arose from the destruction caused by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2017.
Through this year's Kobe Marathon, Sysmex will again give our strong encouragement to all over the world.
In addition to providing the bib number-card to the approximately 20,000 runners, we will exhibit at the Kobe Marathon EXPO where the runners register. We also support the Sysmex employees volunteering their time to assist at the event.
Sysmex will strive to continue to grow as a pioneering "frontrunner" in healthcare. Our goal is to help create a healthier and more prosperous society through advances in medical treatment.
Overview of Kobe Marathon 2018
Name: Kobe Marathon 2018
Date: November 18, 2018 (Sunday)
Sponsors: Hyogo Prefecture/ City of Kobe/ Hyogo Prefectural Board of Education / City of Kobe Board of Education/ Hyogo Amateur Athletic Association
Race categories: Marathon
No. of participants: Approximately 20,000
*Kobe Marathon 2018 has received the prestigious International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Road Race Bronze Label.
*Information contained in the press release is current as of the date of the announcement,
but may be subject to change without prior notice.