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Get ready for the 2014 Guam International Marathon!

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - Lace up your running shoes and start getting ready now for the 2014 Guam International Marathon. It's not too late to sign up and over the next several weeks we'll have stories that will inspire you to cross the finish line.

The Marathon, set for Sunday, April 14, is Guam's premier international sports event, attracting athletes from all over Asia, the U.S. and Guam.  It's the ultimate of showcase of good will, health, fitness and the Hafa Adai spirit and this year promises to be better than ever with more pre race and post race features. 

Race director Ben Ferguson told KUAM News, "There are a lot of additional features that we are implementing this year. We had a very successful first year of the event but like any event we always look to improve upon what we've done.  And probably the biggest change, 2 of the biggest changes we've made to the event this year are that we are introducing a marathon expo to the event. For runners that have done events overseas typically large international events have an exhibition that occurs prior to the event in the days leading up to the event."

Proceeds also help promote and protect the beauty of our island with two very worthwhile beneficiaries. "The beneficiaries of the race, as they were in year one, are the Tourism Education Council, and the Island-wide Beautification Task Force. Both of the beneficiaries did a great of job of supporting the event in the first year and we look forward to working very closely with them in the second year of the event as well. Those are two beneficiaries that really give back to the community and do a lot to promote Guam and make Guam a better place for people to visit and for people to live here as well," he said.

If you've made a New Year's resolution to get healthy and fit for 2014, this is the perfect event to register for. Whatever your fitness level, the Guam International Marathon event is a great way to meet a new fitness goal as it consists of a 5K, a 10K, a half marathon and a marathon.

Early registration is now available online at GuamInternationalMarathon.com.

Ferguson explains how you can register today, saying, "The advantages to registering online are numerous. You can register from the comfort of your own home which is a nice feature. You don't have to come all the way down to PIC to register. When you register online you also have the option of having your family track you via social media during the event. So that's a real advantage for people these days especially with Facebook and all the other social media platforms for their friends and family to be on as they're doing the event. So a lot of advantages to online and we encourage people to do it online. It's also more green."

You can also interact on their social media pages on Facebook and Instagram to get the latest event news, share your training progress or even win promotional prizes!  Join us in the coming weeks as we'll provide training tips, showcase personal stories, and the latest news on this world class sporting event for our entire community and our visitors!

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