Sister City, Sanda Japan

Message from Sanda City Mayor

Sanda City has offered to pay the travel expenses for one runner from Kittitas County to participate in this year's Masters Marathon on December 16, 2018!

This is their 60th year anniversary of hosting the event and Sanda City will be paying for one person's roundtrip flight from Seattle to Osaka and providing all of the transportation, sight seeing, as well as arranging to stay with a host family. They welcome others to come along and participate in the Masters Marathon as well however, they cannot assist with the cost of airfare for anyone else. They did indicate they could arrange for transportation to and from the airport as well as arranging for a host family.

Applications to represent Kittitas County are available online and in the Kittitas County Commissioners Office and due by Friday July 27, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. All applicants will be scheduled for a brief interview with a selection committee the following week. After the interviews a runner will be selected to serve as the Ambassador for Kittitas County at the 2018 Masters Marathon. You must be 18 years or older; possess a passport (or be able to obtain one at your own expense before December); be able to complete a 1/2 marathon by the time limits specified by Sanda City; and be responsible for your own spending money.

Dates of travel are December 12 - 18, 2018. Roundtrip from Seattle to Osaka, Japan.

For further information contact Julie Kjorsvik 509-962-7508.

A history of exchanges between Kittitas County & Sanda, Japan

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

  • October - Displayed children’s artwork from Kittitas County in Sanda City
  • September - Displayed Sanda City children’s artwork at the Kittitas County Fair

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

  • December - Runners from Kittitas County participated in the Masters Marathon (Judy Bender and John Pickett)
  • October - Kittitas County children's artwork exhibited on Friendship Day in Sanda and Sanda Youth Festival
  • July - A delegation from Sanda visited Kittitas County to celebrate our 10 year Sister City anniversary.
  • February - Sanda Relations Committee was recognized. County Commissioner Perry Huston took over lead and County Commissioners staff were delegated to perform duties of a group of volunteers to continue facilitating exchanges.

2001

  • December - RUnners from Kittitas County participated in the Masters Marathon (Timothy England and Kristin Farrand)
  • October - Kittitas County children's artwork exhibited on Friendship Day in Sanda and Sanda Youth Festival
  • August - Youth art exchange: Sanda's Yurinokidai Elementary School and Hakkei Junior High School and Sanda City photo exhibition at the Kittitas County Fair.

2000

  • December - Runners from Kittitas County participated in the Masters Marathon (Mel VanHouten and Allison Carpenter)
  • August - The Sanda Children's Choir (25 people) visited Kittitas County and performed at Hertz Hall with the Ellensburg Children's Choir
  • March - Joint concert by Dr. Karyl Carlson (Central Washington University) and Junko Nagano (Sanda)

1999

  • December - Runners from Kittitas County participated in the Masters Marathon (Gary Cummisk and Nancy Suttles)
  • November - Farm families and other people employed in the agriculture visited farms in Kittitas County
  • September - The Mayor of Sanda issued a certificate of appreciation to Jerry Williams for his support of the Kittitas/Sanda Friendship committee
  • August - Central Washington Chamber Choir (24 persons) participated in the Sanda International Choir Festival

1998

  • December - Runners from Kittitas County participated in the Masters Marathon (Ethan A. Bergman and Debbie Almberg-Thomas)
  • Sanda's Youth Ballet visited Ellensburg on their way to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City

1997

1996

  • December - Runners from Kittitas County participated in the Masters Marathon (Ian Brown and Judie L. Boman)
  • Official government delegation visited the Ellensburg Senior Center & with the Mayor of Ellensburg and the Kittitas County Commissioners

1995

1994

  • December - Runners from Kittitas County participated in the Masters Marathon (Dave Bridgeman and Barbara Hodges)
  • June - CWU/Kittitas County dedication program for the Goju-no-to pagoda donated by the Sanda Minami Rotary Club and was placed in the Central Washington University's Japanese Garden

1993

1992

  • December - Runners from Kittitas County participated in the Masters Marathon (Larry Almberg and Marian Hudson).
  • September - The Sanda Daiko Band (11 drummers) visited Kittitas County and performed at the Kittitas County Fair
  • April - Signed official agreement for Sister-City affiliation (April 6th in Kittitas County and April 24th in Sanda)

1991

  • October - Sanda delegation came to Ellensburg for introductions.
  • November - Ellensburg delegation went to Sanda for introductions.