(September 5, 2018 -- Tumon, Guam) United Airlines Guam Marathon (UGM) organizers Guam Sports Events, Inc. (GSE) along with title sponsor United Airlines and gold sponsors Guam Visitors Bureau and Pacific Islands Club presented donations to USO Guam, Guam Police Department (GPD) and Guam Fire Department (GFD) from the proceeds of the 2018 event. The donations, which included monetary and in-kind donations valued at over $15,000, were made possible by the number of event participants, sponsors and the support of the community.
During the first six years of the event and through the continued support from the community, the United Airlines Guam Marathon has attracted a record number of international participants. In 2018 the event significantly impacted Guam’s economy by stimulating an estimated $8.2 million in visitor expenditures over event weekend. In addition, Guam Sports Events, Inc. gives back to the community annually through direct donations to supporting organizations; USO Guam, the Guam Police Department and the Guam Fire Department.
UGM frequently partners with different beneficiaries each year to help shine a light on beneficiaries’ outstanding work in the community and to support the causes they represent.
Managing Director and Founder of Guam Sports Events, Inc., Ben Ferguson said, “UGM is proud to contribute to these great organizations, and we do this on behalf of the thousands of participants of the United Airlines Guam Marathon. Without the continued support of our returning runners year after year and our local running community, this would not be possible. This is also a great time to relay our appreciation to GFD’s Event Volunteer Firefighters and EMTs, GPD’s Highway Patrol Division and the Civilian Volunteer Police Reserve. These organizations and the men and women that represent them help keep our runners safe as they enjoy a unique Guam experience.”
Sam Shinohara, Managing Director, Airport Operations - Asia/Pacific said, “Safety is paramount to everything we do at United and at the United Airlines Guam Marathon. As a destination, safety is also a value proposition that we offer our visitors. It is with great pleasure that we continue to support GPD, GFD and the USO, organizations that help make Guam a safer and more enjoyable place to live and visit.”
Guam Sports Events, Inc. invites the public to save the date for the 7th annual United Airlines Guam Marathon event on Sunday, April 14, 2019 and encourages local runners to take advantage of early registration discounts by Sunday, September 30th before midnight. Registration is available online at unitedguammarathon.com