A local tour company involved in bringing Japanese students to St. George, became aware of a city in Japan that was starting a marathon similar to the one being held in St. George, Utah. The company contacted the Director of the St. George Marathon about the idea of doing an exchange between the two cities concerning their respective marathons. In 1989 the St. George Marathon Director flew out to Ibigawa, Japan to lay the groundwork for what has become a very successful exchange program. Since that time the two cities have exchanged delegations and event winners in an effort to enhance each marathon and to broaden the scope of understanding between countries and cultures. Both marathons have built reputations for their excellence and growth. The exchange program has played a part in the success of both marathons and new ideas are fostered as these two marathons grow and mature.
Currently, St. George sends the overall male and female winners, masters division winners, and a local runner to Japan for a week-long stay with Japanese host families. This award for winners demonstrates the uniqueness of the St. George Marathon.
2024 Student Exchange Program Contest - Japan and Me Essay
The St. George Marathon will select 10 current 8th grade students from Washington Country to be a part of it’s delegation to Ibigawa, Japan in November 2024. We are looking for students that will be great representatives of our city, who exemplify courtesy, respect, and integrity. Delegates will be selected after a review of written essays, and qualifications submitted by interested students.
We want to get to know the student as well as possible and believe that his or her thoughtful, well-constructed essay is an important step in this process. We are looking for students that will be great representatives of our city, who exemplify courtesy, respect, and integrity. In no more than 300 words, describe three things you would hope to learn while visiting Ibigawa. Responses will be judged on content, uniqueness, and creativity. Your application and attached essay must be submitted no later than April 1st, 2024.
After review of all essays, we will notify you of your status. If you have any questions, you may contact our office at (435) 627-4500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Student exchange information:
Tentative Itinerary: (subject to change)
Nov. 5 - Leave St. George, Utah
Nov. 6 - Arrive Ibigawa, Japan
Nov. 7 - Sightseeing
Nov. 8 - Welcome Party and School Tours
Nov. 9 - Free time with Host family day
Nov. 10 - Ibigawa Marathon and Farewell Dinner
Nov. 11 - Leave Ibigawa, Japan
Nov. 11 - Arrive St. George, Utah