Outrun the ordinary. Be an athlete ambassador. Each year, the Japan-America Society sends two runners to compete in the Sendai International Half Marathon. You’ll have the opportunity not only to represent your city in the race, but to tour Sendai, meet runners from around the world, and strengthen the friendship between Dallas and Sendai.


Application is open to amateur runners who are U.S. citizens, at least 18 years old, and who live, work, or train in Dallas. Applicants must record a qualifying time (Men: 1 hr. 35 min. | Women: 1 hr. 45 min.) in one of these events:

  • DRC Half Marathon
  • Dallas Rock & Roll Half  Marathon
  • Michelob Ultra Dallas 13.1 Half
  • Dallas Marathon Half
  • Other half marathon or marathon (split time) since March 1 of year before race.


29th Sendai International Half Marathon

Jeremy Kieser

  • 6th place — Sister City Competition

Jessica O’Neil Smith

  • 5th place – Sister City Competition


28th Sendai International Half Marathon

Kiran Gyr

  • 4th place — Sister City Competition

Kimberly Richards

  • 8th place — Sister City Competition


27th Sendai International Half Marathon

Congratulations to Ingrid Mollenkopf and Jason Trevino, who will represent the City of Dallas in Sendai on May 14, 2017!


26th Sendai International Half Marathon

Tanja Ivandic

  • 4th place — Sister City Competition
  • 34th place — Women’s Division

Brent Woodle

  • 2nd place — Sister City Competition
  • 41st place — Men’s Division