A Marine sprints towards the finish of the 41st Annual Ginowan City Traffic Safety Campaign Road Race last year at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan.
A Marine sprints towards the finish of the 41st Annual Ginowan City Traffic Safety Campaign Road Race last year at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, Okinawa, Japan.

42nd Annual Ginowan City Road Race kicks off at MCAS Futenma

by Lance Cpl. Nicole Rogge
Marine Corps Installations Pacific

Local and U.S. communities came together for the 42nd Annual Ginowan City Traffic Safety Campaign Road Race Jan. 19 on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

The race was a way for the communities to bond through friendly competition and practice the importance of traffic safety. 

“We will aim for Ginowan City to go without any traffic accidents during the relay run around the city,” said Col. David Steele, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma. “We will appeal to the traffic safety, to the city residents, and declare to abide all traffic rules and manner and promise to enjoy the run.”

The race highlighted the importance of road safety by running the route alongside traffic, stretching over eight miles. Teams positioned their runners at relay points along the route and everyone was required to follow traffic regulations and pedestrian safety laws.

“I think this is special because we get to know the local residents a little more, build our relationship with them and make a stronger bond,” said Lance Cpl. Juan Reynaldo Prado an administrative specialist with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron. “I think doing events like this builds comradery between us, and it’s a lot of fun.”

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