United Airlines Guam Marathon sets new participation record

by Guam Sports Events, Inc.
Stripes Guam

Tumon, Guam — April 9, 2017 – Guam Sports Events Inc. (GSE) announced that the United Airlines Guam Marathon hit record-breaking registration numbers and established new course records during today’s event.

The fifth annual event, with the full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K race distances, was the largest international road race to take place on Guam. A total of 4,335 runners from 22 countries converged in Tumon from Australia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Guam, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macao, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Palau, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom and United States.

The running event welcomed 427 more participants than the 2016 event. The 2016 event also had a significant increase from the previous year.

FULL MARATHON

Hiroki Nakajima from Japan won the men’s division in the full marathon with a time of 2:30:37. He beat the course record he set in 2016, which was a time of 02:30:38. Satoshi Emoto from Japan came in second at 2:36:33. Yusuke Inose from Japan came in third at 2:46:29.

Sunghwa Ryu from Korea won the women’s division with a time 3:01:58. She broke the course record she set last year, which was a time of 3:03:37. Tomomi Inoue from Japan came in second at 3:13:29. Azusa Nojiri from Japan came in third at 3:14:05.

A total of 812 runners took part in the full marathon.

HALF MARATHON

Shun Gorotani from Japan won the men’s division in the half marathon with a time of 1:09:20. He beat the half marathon record set in 2014, which was 1:09:29. Masaru Harada from Japan came in second at 1:14:36. Byung-do Lee from Korea came in third at 1:21:48.

Maria Yano from Japan won the women’s division with a time of 1:22:29. She broke the record set in 2013, which was 1:28:11. Guam resident Manami Iijima, a local event ambassador of the United Airlines Guam Marathon, came in second at 1:28:29. Eri Sakaguchi from Japan came in third at 1:30:37.

A total of 1,044 runners took part in the half marathon.

10K

Rui Yamagishi from Japan won the men’s division in the 10K with a time of 00:33:26. Masayuki Sanada from Japan came in second at 0:34:51. Guam resident Ryan Matienzo came in third at 0:35:39.

Yumika Sugahara from Guam won the women’s division with a time of 0:44:03. Yukie Suzuki from Japan came in second at 0:45:19. Guam resident Rhea Macaluso, a local event ambassador, came in third at 0:45:46.

A total of 1,092 runners took part in the 10K.

5K

Masafumi Fukase from Japan won the men’s division in the 5K with a time of 0:17:37. Yosuke Yamazaki from Japan came in second at 0:18:04. Christopher Wallwork of Japan came in third at 0:19:28.

Tomoe Yokoyama from Japan won the women’s division with a time of 0:21:03. Guam resident Rissa Eilmes came in second at 0:22:53. Guam resident Genina Piolo Criss came in third at 0:23:00.

A total of 1,387 runners took part in the 5K.

Complete race results will be posted on unitedguammarathon.com by Wednesday. Finisher certificates will be available Wednesday at the Pacific Islands Club’s day guest counter.

A warm welcoming ceremony was followed by numerous festivities. Naoko Takahashi, the international race ambassador and a 2000 Sydney Olympics gold medalist, delivered a good luck message. Runners enjoyed Pacific Islands Club fire shows and United Airlines ticket giveaways at the start of each race. Aid stations along the race course featured local snacks like apigigi and coconut candy. After the race, runners lined up for the Tumon Bay Dip to soak their feet in the refreshing water. They also enjoyed the all-new BBQ Beach Party, which featured live entertainment as well as food and beverage concessions.

“We are thrilled with the success of the fifth annual United Airlines Guam Marathon,” said Ben Ferguson, managing director of GSE. “With the event’s record participation, more proceeds will go toward our beneficiaries – the Guam Fire Department, Guam Police Department, Islandwide Beautification Task Force, Tourism Education Council and USO Guam.

“We thank all of our sponsors, community partners, participants and volunteers,” Ferguson added. “The community came together for a race weekend filled with the Håfa Adai spirit. We hope to see everyone at the sixth annual United Airlines Guam Marathon on April 8, 2018!”

Sam Shinohara, United’s managing director of operations Asia/Pacific, said, “As Guam’s hometown airline, United is proud to support the United Airlines Guam Marathon. This annual event is important to our valuable customers, employees as well as our local residents, because many are participants and volunteers. Our commitment to Guam remains strong.”

Hiroki Nakajima of Japan won the men’s division of the United Airlines Guam Marathon full marathon. The fifth annual event was held Sunday, April 9.

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