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May 13, 2010

Solar Car Equipped with Sharp Solar Cells to Lead Runners in Kenyan Open Marathon

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A solar car equipped with Sharp solar cells will be the lead car in the 2nd Sotokoto*1 Safari Marathon on May 23, 2010 in Nairobi, the Republic of Kenya. The environmentally friendly solar car is driving in support of this open marathon in the equatorial country of Kenya, which boasts one of the highest quantities of solar radiation on Earth.

This open marathon is held to encourage people to contribute to society and protect the environment. The marathon was first held in 2009 as part of the Smile Africa Project*2, in which Japanese children donate their used shoes to their less fortunate counterparts in developing countries.

Once again participating as a runner in the race will be Naoko Takahashi of Japan, winner of the women’s marathon gold medal at the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympic Games. Behind the wheel of the solar car will be another luminary—Kenjiro Shinozuka, an experienced driver who has participated in solar car races in South Africa and Australia and who was the first Japanese to achieve overall victory in the Paris to Dakar Rally (in 1997).

The “ELA” solar car is equipped with Sharp polycrystalline residential solar cells.

Overview of the 2nd Sotokoto Safari Marathon

Date: May 23 (Sunday), 2010
Place: Nairobi, the Republic of Kenya
Number of participants: Approximately 4,000 (Events: 21-km half marathon, 4-km kids’ marathon)
Sponsor: The Secretariat of Sotokoto Safari Marathon
Supporters: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Japan
*1 An environmentally themed Japanese magazine focusing on eco-friendly lifestyles (published by Kirakusha, Inc.)
*2 Sponsors: Kirakusha, Inc.; Sotokoto monthly magazine
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