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Over 4,000 take to the streets for United Guam Marathon

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The 2019 United Airlines Guam Marathon set a new record for number of participants at this year's race. Thousands of runners took to the course in the marathon, half marathon, 10k and 5k race distances. Island residents made up about 56% of the numbers, Japan was well represented with 20% and registration number from Korea increased to 17%.

Race Coordinator Ben Ferguson said, "So we've got over 4,000 runners this year. We started out before the expo with just over 3,900 got a good surge at the expo, so 4,000 runners from 20 different countries. Nearly evenly split with international runners with resident runners so great turn out for this year's event. Yeah this year's race we did the UGM Big Draw so we did a huge raffle down at the expo great result from that and everybody won a lot of great prizes so we had a lot of fun with that. This year we reconfigured some things down here. We got some additional entertainment options down at the park and of course we always finish with our traditional Tumon Bay dip. So weather is cooperating, beautiful day today and good turnout. Everything is going really well."

Japan swept the marathon race finishing 1-2-3

YOSHIKI NAKAMURA            2:32:31

YASUO ITO                            2:36:46

SHUN GOROUTANI               2:40:54

FEMALE MARATHON - TOP THREE FINISHERS

  1. TOMOMI SAWAHATA 3:01:18            JAPAN
  2. KRIS LAWRENCE 3:11:31            GUAM
  3. MEGUMI MATSUII 3:31:10            HONG KONG

MALE HALF MARATHON

  1. TAKUMI HASEBE                         1:12:00            JAPAN
  2. MASAKI SASAKI 1:17:25            JAPAN
  3. DEREK MANDELL 1:18:01            GUAM

FEMALE HALF MARATHON

  1. RIEKO KOSHI       1:29:22            JAPAN
  2. LAURA NADEAU 1:31:27            GUAM
  3. YUKO KUSUNOSE 1:31:50            JAPAN

Complete race results will be posted on unitedguammarathon.com. Organizers have already set the date for UGM 2020 for April 5.

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