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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
July 16, 2009
This year marks the 17 year anniversary of the Sister City relationship between
Kittitas County and Sanda City, Japan.
On August 5th Kittitas County will once again welcome two athletes from Sanda City
as part of an ongoing exchange of athletes, who will be participating in the 2009
Whisky Dick Triathlon.
Mr. Takashi Inoue is a 25 year old local official from Sanda City, Japan. He enjoys
running, snowboarding, photography and shopping. Mr. Inoue said that he hopes to
complete the triathlon with a smile on his face because he is grateful for community
of Kittitas County for allowing him the opportunity of a lifetime.
Mr. Yasuo Harai is also from Sanda City, Japan. He is 57 years old and an office
worker by profession. Mr. Harai enjoys traveling, carpentry and cycling. He said
he is also happy for the opportunity to participate in the Whisky Dick Triathlon,
and noted it has only been two years since he completed his first triathlon.
In addition to the Whisky Dick Triathlon, the athletes will be honored at a welcome
barbeque sponsored by the Sanda City Relations Committee; go on a tour of the Anderson
Hay & Grain facility and the Wild Horse Wind Farm; sightseeing and shopping
in the Kittitas Valley, and of course attending a Seattle Mariners game. On Monday
August 10th the athletes and their host families will be recognized at a special
meeting of the Board of County Commissioners. The athletes are scheduled to return
to Sanda City on August 12th.
The annual exchange of athletes is sponsored by the Sanda City Relations Committee.
The committee fundraises for the travel expense of one athlete and the other is
paid for by Anderson Hay & Grain. Anderson Hay & Grain has been a major
sponsor and supporter of the Sister City relationship. If you would like to become
a member of the Sanda City Relations Committee or have questions please contact
Julie Kjorsvik at 509-962-7508
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.