LOS ANGELES (March 15, 2012) — The non-profit group Ashinaga brought a group of student runners from the Tohoku region of Japan to Los Angeles to run the L.A. Marathon, including two children that were orphaned by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan a year ago.
The group was treated to a tour of Dodger Stadium Thursday, complete with lunch courtesy of the Dodgers before running the L.A. Marathon this weekend to raise funds to build an orphanage in Japan.
The group consists of two high schoolers orphaned by the tsunami, six Japanese high school student runners, eight Japanese college runners, Ashinaga staff members, representatives of the Japan Amateur Athletic Association representing the Tohoku region and the group’s L.A. host families.
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