Register for United Airlines Guam Marathon by Feb. 3 for Special Rate

by Guam Sports Events, Inc.
Stripes Guam

Register for United Airlines Guam Marathon by 11:59 p.m. Feb. 3 for Special Rate

Tumon, Guam — January 24, 2017 – Guam Sports Events Inc. (GSE) would like to remind runners to register for the United Airlines Guam Marathon while a special rate is available.

Registration fees will increase after 11:59 p.m. February 3, 2017 for the event, which is set for April 9, 2017. Register for the full marathon, half marathon, 10K or 5K at

“The United Airlines Guam Marathon offers a great running experience and much more,” said Ben Ferguson, managing director of GSE. “There is tremendous value built into registration. All registered runners get a beach mat, a Dri-Fit event shirt, an event towel, a finisher medal, on course and post-race refreshments, live entertainment, a chance to win a raffle prize courtesy of United Airlines drawn at the start of each race, and a lot more. Whether you live on Guam or overseas, you should register now to get this amazing deal.”

All registered runners also are invited to take advantage of a new runner’s perks program called Eat.Shop.Run. The program features discounts at popular restaurants and stores on island.

The annual event is offering a variety of activities as well. It is bringing back the popular post-race Tumon Dip, where runners can dip their feet into the refreshing waters of Tumon Bay. A fun addition is the post-race BBQ Beach Party, which will feature live entertainment as well as free food and drinks.

GSE also announced that Naoko Takahashi will return as the international race ambassador of this year’s marathon. Takahashi is best known for winning the gold medal in the women’s marathon in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

“Naoko Takahashi is a national icon in Japan, and we are happy to have her return for our 5th annual event,” Ferguson said.

On Guam, Takahashi will host a running clinic at the Marathon Expo on April 7-8, 2017. She will share insights for runners of all abilities. She also will serve as the official race starter on April 9, 2017.

United Airlines Guam Marathon local event ambassadors Manami Iijima, Rhea Macaluso, Derek Mandell and Leo Tkel also are providing training tips through a monthly e-newsletter and will be appearing in local advertising and social media activities.

About the United Airlines Guam Marathon

The United Airlines Guam Marathon (UGM), in its fifth year, is organized by Guam Sports Events Inc., a nonprofit organization that hosts annual running and cycling events to promote Guam’s Hafa Adai spirit to grow sports tourism on Guam. The United Airlines Guam Marathon, Guam’s first IAAF approved marathon race, will take place on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Considered Guam’s premier running event, the UGM includes 5K, 10K, half marathon (13.1 miles) and marathon (26.2 miles) race distances.  All courses have been officially certified by the IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) and AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races). This designation means that marathon runners may use this as a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.  Complete event details and registration can be found on the official event website at united  The UGM is also sponsored by the Guam Visitors Bureau and the Pacific Islands Club.

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