Guam- Heidi Ballendorf, a 1980 graduate of Academy of Our Lady of Guam has always considered Guam home despites having both a working and running career in the state of Hawaii. Prior to her return to Guam in 2005, Ballendorf worked as a placement agent for a private venture capital fund in Tokyo, Japan. From 1991-2000 she served as the Chief Executive for the Maui United Way a non profit organization that raises funds for other non profits. During her tenure as President Ballendorf raised over $10M for the community.
Ballendorf first began running in Phnpei in 1978. Upon moving to Guam in 1979 she continued to run on Guam roads, participating in many Guam road races including the old Hafa Marathon, the Guam marathon in 1982, the Liberation Day Mile which she held the record for over 20 years. While living in Hawaii, Ballendorf also raced frequently both in Maui and Honolulu. In Maui she continues to hold the record for several track events including the Valley Isle Relays, Hana Relays and the 10K Festival of running events. Her PR’s include a 5:10 mile, a 17:57 5K, a 38:39 10K and a 3:09 marathon.
“I ran many races throughout the United States, Hawaii and internationally and PIC, by far, blows them all away,” Ballendorf said.
Currently, Ballendorf serves the community as the spokesperson for the Guam Waterworks Authority. She also is active in the tourism community serving as the coordinator for the Tourism Education Council. Ballendorf resides in Barrigada where she enjoys running, swimming, watching movies and spending time with family and friends.
Registration for the P.I.C. International Road Race is this Friday at 8:00pm. You can register at Hornet Sporting Goods and Pacific Islands Club or you can visit www.picresorts.com.
Information from a press release.