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.