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Futenma Bike Race marks first major sporting event to return during COVID-19

June 22, 2020

This report originally publishes at marines.mil.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all sporting events were put on hold as a precautionary measure. As Okinawa marks more than 50 days COVID-19 free, events are being re-opened to the community. One of the first events to be opened was the Annual Futenma Bike Race hosted by Marine Corps Community Services.

“We do this race every year,” said Taryn Miller, an adult sports specialist with MCCS, “but this year we had to put a twist on it.”

The race took place in a time trial format so participants could maintain social distancing while racing. The CDC defines social distancing as keeping space between yourself and other people to reduce the spread of a disease.

“This is the first time we are back in full force since the COVID-19 break to bring the community together.” Taryn Miller, an adult sports specialist with MCCS

Fifty-one competitors participated in the 44 km race. One of the competitors was U.S. Marine Col. David Steele, commanding officer, Marine Corps Air Station Futenma.

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“We came up with a way to hold a race and keep the bikers safe,” said Steele. “The MCCS personnel and volunteers worked hard to have this event held and it shows.”

The mission of MCCS is to make Okinawa home by providing a premium yet cost-effective menu of Quality of Life programs and services designed to meet the needs of Marines and their families. For more information contact the MCCS front desk: 645-3521 or by email: [email protected]

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