Who benefits from the fees for this race?
The proceeds from this event support the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center, a 501(c)(3) Non-profit organization that was established in 1974. It's mission is "To promote healthy aging, successful independent living, and advocate for all seniors, while embracing Japanese American tradition". This mission is carried out through a nutritious meal service, senior day care, financial counseling, case management, family support, a variety of classes, as well as other health and information related services for seniors. For more information, please visit our website at: www.yuaikai.org
Can I register on the day of the event?
Yes. Participants can register from 7:15am on the day of the event. The costs are: $45 for participants between 13 and 54 years old; $30 for participants between 55 - 74 years old and 12 and under); seniors 75 years of age or older are free. T-shirts will be provided on an "as available" basis for registrations receivved after April 16th.
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 the few remaining in the United States.
What time does it start?
Registration opens at 7:15am and the Race starts promptly at 9:00am
What is the distance?
This is a fun run and walk for family and friends of all ages. It is not a sanctioned 5k race. The approximate distance is a little over a 5k (3mi) ) 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 are located in front of the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center at 588 N. Fourth Street (near Jackson Street) in San Jose.
What do I get?
If your registration is received by Sunday, April 16th, you will be guaranteed a T-shirt with exclusive design by Steve Yamaguma of Design2Market. There are two options to pick-up your Bib and T-shirt: Option 1 - Saturday, April 22nd, from 10:00am - 3:00pm at the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center building (588 N. Fourth Street); or Option 2 - at the Registration Desk (from 7:15am) on the day of the event. Please note that the participant Bib will not be mailed.
PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!
There will be prizes for the top 3 finishers in various age categories, as well as prizes for the BEST COSTUMES by individuals and teams. The awards ceremony will be held at 11:00am in front of the Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center.
Age Categories are as follows (separate categories for Female and Male)
Ages up to 10, Ages 11-18, Ages 19-54, Ages 55-74, and Ages 75 and over
What does it cost?
Please refer to the ticket type that is appropriate for your age. There are separate price categories: 1. Seniors (55 and over) or Children (12 and under); 2. Adults (13 - 54); and 3. Seniors 75 years of age or older (FREE).
Are discounts available?
The Entry Fee is WAIVED for participants who are 75 years of age or older.
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.
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 event.
What else is happening in the area on the day of the race?
The Nikkei Matsuri Festival, with food, culture, crafts and entertainment, from 10:00am - 5:00pm.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Unfortunately, no. SInce each participant must accept the waiver (including parental acceptances), the name on the registration must match the Registrant's Name.
What if Participants get Sponsors?
Please visit the Yu-Ai Kai website (www.yuaikai.org), stop by Yu-Ai Kai's main building (588 N. Fourth Street) or Akiyama Wellness Center (110 Jackson Street), or contact Rickey Ono (firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-219-5238) for a Sponsor Form.
Here is a map of the race course:
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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.