Who benefits from the fees for this race?
The proceeds from this race support the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Community, which provides nutritious meals, Senior Day Services, Financial Counseling, Case Management and Family Support, and many other Health and Information related services. See the Organizer Notes at the right, or find more information at http://www.yuaikai.org
Click on the "Contact" link in the "Organizer" section on the right and send an email. Volunteers are needed a few days before the race and beginning early on the day of the event.
What does "Nihonmachi" mean?
The word Nihonmachi stems from the Japanse words Nihon, which means Japan, and 'machi' which means town. San Jose's Historic Japantown is one of only 3 in the United States that remained in the same location after WWI, when Executive Order 9066 displaced over 100,000 men, women, and children of Japanese descent. The Run has been heldin Japantown annually for over 30 years. In 2013, the route was changed to a much more comfortable and safe path through the shady residential streets in San Jose's historic Japantown.
What time does it start?
Registration opens at 8AM and the Race starts promptly at 9AM
What is the distance?
This is a Fun Race for family and friends. It is NOT a sanctioned 5k race. The approximate distance is a little over 3 miles, close to a 5k distance, but not exact. There are cutoffs at approximately 1 and 2 miles for those who do not want to run/walk the entire distance
Where is the Start/Finish?
The Start and Finish is located in front of the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center at 588 N. 4th Street in San Jose
What do I get?
A really cool T-shirt with exclusive design by Steve Yamaguma of Design2Market. Pick up your T-shirt at the Registration Desk on the day of the event.
PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!
There will be prizes for the top 3 finishers in each of 12 categories, as well as a prize for the BEST COSTUME, a prize for the MOST FAMILY MEMBERS, and a prize for the person who brings in the MOST DONATIONS. The awards ceremony will be held close to the finish line beginning approximately 10:15 AM, or as soon as the winners in each group have been determined. Results will be posted at Yu-Ai Kai and will be published in the San Jose Mercury News.
Age Categories are as follows (Separate categories for Female and Male)
Age 0-12, Age 13-19, Age 20-39, Age 40-59, Age 60-69, Age 70 and over
What does it cost?
Please see the ticket type that is appropriate for your age. There are separate costs for Seniors(60 and over), Children(12 and under), and Adults.
Are discounts available?
YES! In addition to Early Bird registration discounts, your entry fee is WAIVED if you gather and send to Yu-Ai Kai at least $75 in sponsor donations (provide the sponsor names, telephone numbers, and amounts). Please contact Yu-Ai Kai at 408-294-2505 and ask for a SPONSOR DONATION REGISTRATION FLYER.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
VTA Light Rail stops at the Japantown/Ayer station on First Street near Jackson Street
Paid parking is available at the Corporate Yard, bordered by 6th and 7th Streets and Jackson and Taylor Streets.
Parking can be difficult in the Japantown area, so please allow sufficient time. We suggest approaching the area from the East due to the closure of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th streets between Mission and Julian streets for the race
What else is happening in the area on the day of the race?
1) The annual Yu-Ai Kai Health Fair at Akiyama Wellness Center, 110 Jackson Street, from 9AM - noon
2) The Nikkei Matsuri Festival, with food, culture, crafts and entertainment, from 10AM - 5PM
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Unfortunately, no. Because each participant must have accepted the waiver, the name on the registration must match the attendee name.
Here is a map of the race course
When & Where
Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center
Yu-Ai Kai Japanese American Community Senior Service, a nonprofit senior center located in historic Japantown San Jose, is committed to serving seniors with an array of activities, programs, and services.
We offer a well-balanced senior day care program, a nutritious lunch service, social services, and a variety of classes, activities and trips for seniors, designed around our Healthy Aging Initiative.
Serving our seniors with Friendship & Love since 1974, Yu-Ai Kai currently serves 3,000+ seniors annually. While our roots are in Japanese / Japanese American culture and tradition, the programs and services are open to any senior in our community.