2015 Ko’ko Road Race Ready

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The early birds do get the worm!

TUMON, GUAM) – The early birds do get the worm, and in this case, it is a reduced registration fee for runners participating in the 10th Annual Guam Ko’ko’ Half Marathon and Ekiden Relay and the Ko’ko’ Kids Run. 

Participants in both the Soloist Half Marathon and the four-person Ekiden Relay, including the school division for the Ekiden Relay can take advantage of the early bird fees starting at just $60, or $15 per runner. Ko’ko’ weekend will kick off with the 2015 Ko’ko’ Kids Run on Saturday, November 7, 2015, followed by the 10th Annual Guam Ko’ko’ Half Marathon and Ekiden Relay on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Both events will be held at Governor Joseph Flores Memorial Park (Ypao Beach) in Tumon. 

“We encourage runners who have been thinking of joining us for Ko’ko’ weekend to sign up before the end of the month,” said Ben Ferguson, Managing Director for Guam Sports Events, Inc. “We have many returning participants from last year’s Ko’ko’ races, avid local runners, families as well as students participating this year, and as a runner myself, I can appreciate the early bird fees.” 

Saturday’s Guam Ko’ko’ Kids Run will include a 3K for 10 – 12 year-olds, 2K for 7 – 9 year-olds and 1K for 4 – 6 year-olds. Space is limited to the first 500 registrants. Each finisher will receive a t-shirt and finisher’s medal. After the races, each participant will be able to take part in an array of post-race games and activities free of charge. 

Sunday’s Guam Ko’ko’ race is a half marathon solo and a four-person ekiden relay road race, which starts and ends at Governor Joseph Flores Memorial Park (Ypao Beach). The half marathon solo race course showcases the villages of Tumon, Tamuning, Asan, and the capital city of Hagåtña. The Ekiden Relay will consist of a 5k course that travels the same route as the half marathon, with the turn at the 1.5k mark in Tamuning near the United City Ticket Office. Participants can expect cheering groups, water stops and entertainment along the race course. 

“Ko’ko’ weekend is a unique signature sporting event for Guam. We are welcoming entire families of runners, those traveling to Guam from our key international markets and from our local community,” said GVB General Manager Nathan Denight. “We have so many exciting events planned for the entire family after the Ko’ko’ Kids Run on Saturday and for our adult and student runners on Sunday with a post-race festival and awards ceremony.” 

While early bird registration ends on September 30th, general online registration is open through the November 3rd closing deadline at www.guamkokoroadrace.com or at the front desk of the Pacific Islands Club in Tumon. Participants are encouraged to register online and follow Guam Ko’ko’ Half Marathon & Ekiden Relay on Facebook, as well as the Guam Visitors Bureau on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest event updates and a chance to win the exclusive #kokotraining dri-fit tee. 

Additionally, the deadline for high schools to enter the Bank of Guam Ko’ko’ Spirit Contest has been extended through November 3rd. The Guam high school with the most ekiden relay teams registered has the chance to win $500 for its senior class. Details can be found at each high school’s administrative office or through senior class advisors.