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The Guam International Marathon is this weekend but it is more than just a run, it is a Hafa Adai experience. GIM event director Ben Ferguson said, "That is what Guam is all about is the Hafa Adai Spirit of Guam, and so what better way to embrace the Hafa Adai Spirit of Guam than to go out and run an event with all of our residents so all of our folks from off island can come and participate and run an event and mingle with our residents and get out on the race course be cheered on by residents have some local food and really just embrace our culture."

And to kickoff the Hafa Adai Spirit of the marathon the expo open its doors today and will remain open until 7pm, providing an opportunity for all residents not just runners to get a taste of Guam's culture. The expo is also the exclusive venue for runners to pick up their running packets. So if you are a GIM runner, don't forget to stop by the expo. "But while you are here experience the cultural booths that we have here a lot of people selling lots of arts and crafts that have a local flavor to them lots of sport sports merchandise lots of official merchandise. United Airlines is here they are doing a drawing for some airline tickets so all sorts of great stuff going on at the expo," said Ferguson.

If you make your way down to the GIM expo you also have a chance to meet the 2000 Sydney Olympic marathon gold medalist Naoko Takahashi. Ferguson said, "She will be speaking at 330 and at 330 tomorrow so 330 both days. She will do training tips provide our runners for some inspiration she is just a lovely lady and a great event ambassador from Japan."

The expo also serves as the last opportunity for interested runners to register for the event. The expo will continue on Saturday from 11am to 5pm while the Guam International Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, April 12.

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