'Koko' race signups off to record start
Guam Visitors Bureau officials announced on Sept. 11 that early registration for the 9th Ko’ko’ Half Marathon and Ekiden Relay has reached a new record.
“We’re thrilled with the overwhelming response to the Ko’ko’ race from both our local and international communities,” said Karl Pangelinan, the bureau’s general manager. “With the support of our Ko’ko’ partners, GVB is experiencing an over 50 percent increase in advance of our next early bird registration cut-off on Sept. 12. … It’s very possible that we may reach our registration limit before the final Oct. 15th cut-off date.”
Participants who registered by Sept. 12 were eligible to win two roundtrip tickets in a contest that ended on that date.
The Ko’ko’ Half Marathon and Ekiden Relay will take place Oct. 19 at Governor Joseph Flores Memorial Park in Ypao. Registration for the race is open at Guam Visitors Bureau in Tumon and online at: www.guamkokoroadrace.com
The Ko’ko’ ekiden relay (four-person team) course will change to the same route as the half marathon, but will turn around in Tamuning near the United City Ticket Office. The current half marathon solo course will remain the same, starting and finishing at Governor Joseph Flores Memorial (Ypao Beach) Park with the turnaround point in the village of Asan.
Post-race festivities will also begin immediately after runners complete the half marathon or ekiden relay, with an awards ceremony, cultural activities and the return of a post-race breakfast being offered.
Additionally, Ekiden Relay teams in the school division can now register for just $40, or $10 per runner, to allow as many students as possible to participate. Guam Visitors Bureau encourages runners to dress up in costumes or wear festive running attire to celebrate the ninth year of this signature event.
To help support those training for the Ko’ko’ race, Powerade has scheduled hydration stations outside Guam Visitors Bureau’s office or the Subway eatery in Tumon three times a week leading up to the day of the big event. The Powerade team can be found from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays, and 4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. on Sundays.
For details on the Ko’ko’ Half Marathon and Ekiden Relay, visit: www.guamkokoroadrace.com