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Guam Int'l Marathon features over 2,500 runners

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by Dave Delgado

Guam - The Guam International Marathon was held last weekend with well over 2,500 plus runners participating in the island's premier running event. The event featured an expo event which included vendor booths, local arts & crafts, food and beverage concessions, and live entertainment. This year's race beneficiaries are the Island Wide Beautification Task Force and the Tourism Educational Council.

Race Coordinator Ben Ferguson said, "We've got a total of 2,910 runners that are running this year. It represents about a 30 percent increase over last year so we are real proud of that number. We have a total of about 1,300 runners from off island that are joining us this year, so a big turn out from off island. This year's event will represent the largest international running event that we have ever held on Guam. Last year was the largest this year broke that record so just a great turn out. A total of 13 countries represented and we even had a runner from the Netherlands that's joining us in this year's race. Well I'll tell you we have received tremendous feedback from all of our runners. Certainly for runners that live on Guam they realized this is a tough marathon course. Once you make the turn and start heading back north you are basically running into the wind and sometimes uphill so the realize it's a difficult course as well so great feedback from our local runners and just positive comments all the way around."

Finishing first overall was Japan runner Koki Kawanichi with a time of 2:38:06 beating last year's winner time of 2:43:06.

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