Excitement builds for KO’KO’ weekend
With just over three weeks left, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) is preparing to celebrate the 10th Guam Ko’ko’ Kids Fun Run on Saturday, October 29th and the 11th Guam Ko’ko’ Road Races on Sunday, October 30th. This is the second year both GVB signature events have been combined for what is known as “Ko’ko’ Weekend” at Governor Joseph Flores Memorial (Ypao Beach) Park.
KO’KO’ KIDS RUN TURNS 10
Ko’ko’ Weekend kicks off with the Guam Ko’ko’ Kids Fun Run turning 10 in 2016, offering races for three specific age groups – a 3K for 10 – 12-year-olds, 2K for 7 – 9-year-olds and 1K for 4 – 6-year-olds. Space is limited to the first 300 registrants. Each finisher will receive a trick or treat goodie bag, t-shirt and finisher’s medal.
Touted as Guam’s most fun run in 2016, the Guam Ko’ko’ Road Races will incorporate a costume theme and contest that will reward solo and relay runners for the most original, best superhero, and scariest costumes with cash prizes. Loconut Entertainment will be sponsoring the costume contest with cash prizes valued up to $1,750.
“We’re excited to feature the Guam Ko’ko’ Kids Fun Run and Guam Ko’ko’ Road Races again, this time during Halloween weekend,“ said GVB President and CEO Nathan Denight. “Our new costume themed races are just an added incentive for both local and international runners to partake in these long standing GVB signature events, celebrate sports tourism on island and learn about our endemic Ko’ko’ bird. We invite everyone to bring their family and friends down to Ypao and register before the final deadline.”
In addition to the costume theme and contest, runners can also choose to participate in a new 10K run/walk that has also been added. A Post Race Monster Bash will begin immediately after runners complete the course, with vendors and live entertainment rounding out the Ko’ko’ festivities. The Post Race Monster Bash is free and open to the public. It will include activities for the entire family, as well as live entertainment from the Phoenix Stage Band, an awards ceremony and breakfast.
REGISTER ONLINE THROUGH OCT. 25th
General online registration is open through October 25th at www.guamkokoroadrace.com. Participants are encouraged to register online and follow the Guam Ko’ko’ Kids Fun Run and Guam Ko’ko’ Road Races on Facebook, as well as the Guam Visitors Bureau on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest event updates and a chance to win the exclusive #kokotraining dri-fit tee.
EVENT SPONSORS AND PARTNERS
The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) would like to thank its gold sponsors -- Pacific Islands Club, United Airlines, T-Galleria by DFS and the Stations of KUAM -- for their support of Ko’ko’ Weekend. GVB also thanks Loconut Entertainment for being the sponsor of the Guam Ko’ko’ Kids Fun Run as well as the Costume Contest. This event would not be possible without the assistance of silver supporters -- Project Inspire, Powerade/Fruita+, Pacific Daily News, Hilton Guam Resort and Spa, and Hyatt Regency Guam. Special thanks is also given to the Offices of the Governor & the Lieutenant Governor, Bank of Guam, No Ka Oi, International Distributors Inc., Japan Guam Travel Association, Pay-Less Supermarkets, Run Guam, Docomo Pacific, Department of Agriculture, Department of Parks & Recreation, Guam Fire Department, Guam Police Department – Highway Patrol Division and the Mayors Council of Guam .
ABOUT THE RACES
The Guam Ko’ko’ Kids Fun Run will be on Saturday, October 29th with races for three specific age groups – a 3K for 10 – 12-year-olds, 2K for 7 – 9-year-olds and 1K for 4 – 6-year-olds. The event is limited to only to the first 300 registrants. Each finisher will receive a trick or treat goodie bag, t-shirt and finisher’s medal.
Following the Kids Run is the Guam Ko’ko’ Road Races on Sunday, October 30th featuring three dynamic and distinct races -- the half marathon solo, a four-person Ekiden relay, and the newest race addition a 10K run/walk – all starting and ending at the Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial Park (Ypao Beach). The half marathon solo race course showcases the villages of Tumon, Tamuning, Asan, and the capital city of Hagåtña. The Ekiden Relay will consist of a 5k course that travels the same route as the half marathon, with the turnaround point in Tamuning near the United City Ticket Office. Participants can expect cheering groups, water stops and spine tingling entertainment along the race course. Trophies will be awarded to top finishers in each category of the half marathon, 10K run/walk and Ekiden relay race.
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