The Kasumigaura Marathon and International Blind Marathon was held on April 14, 2019. Hitachi Construction Machinery Group has been contributing to the region as a local business by being a special sponsor since 2006.
This year marks the 29th year of this event. A total of 16,643 runners, including those in the 5km, 10 mile (roughly 16km), full marathon, and visually-impaired category, kicked off the race.
From the Hitachi Construction Machinery Group, 323 employees, mainly new employees, turned out to serve as volunteers and support the event. The volunteers helped to boost excitement by providing assistance, including handing out water to runners in front of the Tsuchiura Works, assisting with event operations at the Kawaguchi Athletic Park, which was the starting point and goal of the race, and acting as guide runners to support visually-impaired runners.
The HCM Group plans to continue to offer its support for future events.