TUMON, GUAM – Online registration is now open for Guam’s most fun annual running event. The Guam Ko'ko' Road Races has been a Guam Visitors Bureau signature sports tourism event for the past 10 years. This year, GVB decided to shake things up and is announcing the new 10K Run/Walk distance in addition to the Half Marathon and the only on Guam Ekiden Relay Race. With the races taking place so close to Halloween, The Ko’ko’ Road Races will also incorporate a Halloween costume theme with the costume contest as one of the event’s highlights.
Ko’ko’ weekend will kick off with the 2016 Ko’ko’ Kids Run on Saturday, October 29, 2016, followed by the 11th annual Guam Ko’ko’ Road Races – Half Marathon, 10K Run/Walk and Ekiden Relay -- on Sunday,October 30. Both events will be held at Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial Park (YpaoBeach). Registration isnow open online at guamkokoroadrace.com.
Online registration for the Guam Ko’ko’ Kids Fun Runwill open on June 1, 2016.
“GVB and our partners are proud to celebrate 11 years of Ko’ko’with an exciting line-up of new features to this year’s fun-filled signature event,” said GVB General Manager Nathan Denight. “Family friendly sports events such as Ko’ko’ help us to attract international visitors and their families,while providing active and healthy outlets for our residents to enjoy.”
The Guam Ko’ko’ Kids Fun Run will offer 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 500 registrants. Each finisher will receive a t-shirt and finisher’s medal.
The Guam Ko’ko’ Road Races includes three dynamicand distinct races in one –a half marathon course, a 10K Run/Walk course and a four-person Ekiden Relay race –all of which start and end at Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial (Ypao Beach) Park.
To keep it lively from start to finish, cheering groups, water stops and entertainment will be found throughout the race course.
Although the Ko’ko’Road Races will be a cheerful event, it also supports a very serious plight. Race organizers work closely with the Department of Agriculture, Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resourcesto raise awareness for Guam's territorial bird, the Guam rail or ko'ko' bird, a flightless bird endemic to Guam. ’Che’lu’ is the official mascot for the Guam Rail and will be found interacting with children, big and small, to heighten their knowledge of the ko’ko’bird.
Online registration is open! Early bird and resident registration fees are availablefor all race distances. Participants are also encouraged to follow Guam Ko’ko’ Road Races as well as the Guam Visitors Bureau on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest event updatesand exclusive online promotions.