Runners Line Up for Marathon with Sister City in Japan

The Culver City Sister City Committee (CCSCC) would like to introduce the new participants in the 2020 Senshu Marathon in Osaka, Japan. Steve Wisner and Kim Caplan have been chosen to represent Culver City as guests of our Sister City, Kaizuka City in Japan. Steve and Kim will be heading to Kaizuka in mid-February to run the 27th Annual Senshu Marathon. In response, Steve and Kim will also be hosting two Japanese runners from Kaizuka, when they visit Culver City to run the LA Marathon in March.

The Culver City –Kaizuka Marathon Exchange has been coordinating this running partnership for over 25 years, with past participants being Culver City mayors, employees and residents.

Steve is the General Manager of the DoubleTree Los Angeles Westside Hotel in Culver City and is a lifelong runner. Steve is excited about visiting Japan and meeting representatives from our sister city in Kaizuka, Japan. Steve is a member of the Marathon Maniacs Club and has competed in over 68 marathons, including Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Honolulu and Athens, Greece.

Steve has been a contributing member to CCSCC, and his hotel has hosted numerous Sister City events the past several years. He is also a board member of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce. "It is truly a privilege to be chosen to represent Culver City in the marathon exchange program. It has been a lifetime dream of mine to visit Japan and being able to run in the KIX Senshu International Marathon is a great honor. I look forward to meeting the wonderful people and exploring the beautiful city of Kaizuka.

Kim is a Financial Controller for Watt Investment Partners, a real estate company on the Westside. The Senshu Marathon will be her second marathon. Kim is an outdoor enthusiast and spends her free time running, hiking, paddle boarding, cycling and enjoying the wonderful SoCal weather; a perfect day for her consists of sunshine and adventure. Kim is very grateful to the Culver City Sister City Committee for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that combines her love of travel, exploration, and fitness! "I am thrilled to be a participant in such a wonderful event and represent Culver City. Having been born and raised in Los Angeles and I value the ambassador role with past experiences serving as a global ambassador to the AustraLearn program during my engineering school."

If you're interested in participating in this marathon exchange in the future, please contact Culver City Sister City Committee at


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