Guam- Over a thousand runners turned out for the 19th Annual P.I.C. International Road Race.
Early morning precipitation dampened the course but it wasn’t enough to stop the racers from getting their stride. As the morning progressed the weather cleared as the sun peered over the horizon.
This year Korean runner Jeong Yeol Baek recorded the fastest time in the half marathon at 1:16:48 and was the overall top finisher. The next two runners to finish were from Guam. The second fastest time went to Yoshio Ito, from Mangilao, who was a distant seven seconds away and finished at 1:23:36. Guam’s Susan Smith was third overall and the first woman to cross the half marathon finish line at 1:31:23.
In the 10K portion of the race, Japan’s Kazunari Suzuki was the overall winner at 32:39. Korea’s Ki Pyo Hong was a second behind him (33:29) and Guam’s Derek Mandell was on the heels of Hong and finished with a time of 33:41 and third overall. The first female to cross the finish line for the 10K was Yukina Kitamura who was fifth overall.
The 5K portion had the most participants and almost all of them were from Guam. The overall top finisher was Michael Gaitan at 17:29, Toby Castro was second at 18:17, Charles Hughes rounds out the top three at 19:28.
After the race the runners were treated to an extravagant awards ceremony under the canopy of the PIC Pacific Pavilion. Entertainment and a wide spread of food and drinks were available for all to enjoy.
For complete results of the PIC Road Race visit www.jtltiming.com.