Guam to host 1st international marathon

Guam to host 1st international marathon

by: Information provided by Guam International Marathon
published: December 13, 2012
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The Guam Visitors Bureau, along with Pacific Islands Club Guam and United Airlines, will host the inaugural Guam International Marathon on April 7, 2013, to showcase the island as a sports tourism destination.

The prestigious event will include a full (26.2 miles) and half (13.1 miles) marathon as well as 10K and 5K races. All courses have been officially certified by the IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) and AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) so marathon participants may use this as a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon or other events with qualifying standards. Complete event details can be found on the official event website at www.guaminternationalmarathon.com and the race’s Facebook page guaminternationalmarathon.

“This event is primed to put Guam on the international marathon map, which is clearly beneficial to the host tourism industry and economy as it is the case around the world,” said Nathan Denight, deputy general manager of the Guam Visitors Bureau. “Runners that travel to take part in events such as these contribute to the local economy through spending, often bringing their families with them, and are apt to return for R&R vacations after the event.”

Registration is currently underway. Runners can register online, at the Pacific Islands Club in Tumon or at Hornet Sports in Tamuning. Registration will close on April 3. There are several early bird registration discounts available. Race packets can be picked up on April 6 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Guam Visitors Bureau’s lower parking lot.

"Building upon the successful PIC International Road Race events that we have hosted for the past 20 years, the Pacific Islands Club wanted to provide our international and local runners with a world-class marathon event," said Ben Ferguson, executive director of the Pacific Islands Club and race director of the Guam International Marathon. "The Guam International Marathon will be just that, and we hope to draw hundreds of runners from off-island to experience the beauty of Guam and our people."

For more information, contact Ben Ferguson at bferguson@picguam.com or (671) 646-9171.

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