GVB: Guam Ko’Ko Kids Run Draws Record Participation

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Tumon, Guam – The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) reports there was record participation for the 2014 Guam Ko’ko’ Kids Run this past Sunday, March 23.

Over 400 of the island’s kids between the ages of 4 and 12 years old participated in the 0.6k, 1.6k and 3.3k fun run events, as well as various games, art and cultural activities.

“GVB and our Ko’ko’ Kids Run partners are thrilled to have experienced such a great response for this event, not only from local participants, but in welcoming young athletes from Japan as well,” said GVB General Manager Karl Pangelinan. “We’re proud to continue offering events that help our children to develop an active lifestyle, healthy sportsmanship and cultural awareness. To keep up that momentum, we’ve already set the date for next year’s Ko’ko’ Kids Run for March 22, 2015!” 

[ Hundreds of kids race into Governor Joseph Flores Memorial Park (Ypao) Beach Park during the 2014 Ko’ko’ Kids Run]

Highlights of the event included PitShop’s 24-foot rock climbing wall, Señot Aguon’s carabao rides, caricature artist Mark Terlaje, an awards ceremony featuring Ms. Guam World First runner-up, Lisa Pachkoski and Synergy Studio’s Zumba Kids warm-up featuring Che’lu, the dancing Ko’ko’ bird mascot. Ko’ko’ kids and their families also enjoyed breakfast offerings by the Buen Provecho 671 food truck.

Winners in the 3.3k run/10-12 year old division were 12-year old Irie Kazuki (1st place male finisher) and 10-year old Alayah Hines (1st place female finisher), running 8:42 and 10:39, respectively.  Nine year olds Avhett Hines (1st place male finisher) and Jada Han (1st place female finisher) took first place in the 1.6k/7-9 year old division, coming in at 6:57.86 and 7:26.81, respectively. Six year olds Sofia Mattix (1st place female finisher) and Landon Brewster (1st place male finisher) won the 0.6k run/4-6 year old division, running 2.46.18 and 2.46.89, respectively. 

First place winners in the 0.6k and 1.6k divisions won a Soaring High party at Playport for them and ten of their friends.  First place winners in the 3.3k division received a family day at the Pacific Islands Club, which included all-access passes to the water park and lunch at Skylight restaurant.  In addition, the first, second and third place winners in each division also received a coveted Ko’ko’ bird trophy. All finishers received a Ko’ko’ kids dog tag, t-shirt and ditty bag.

GVB gives special thanks to the generous businesses and organizations that made this event possible, including: Event Emcee Andy Wheeler, Ambros, Cycles Plus, Cocos Island Resort, Gatorade, Hyatt Regency Guam, Hornet Sports, Market Wholesale Distributors, Outrigger Guam Resort, Baldyga Group – Lina’la Cultural Park, Pay-Less Supermarkets, International Distributors, Inc., Department of Parks & Recreation, Department of Agriculture – Aquatic & Wildlife Resources, Guam Fire Department, McDonald’s of Guam, Docomo Pacific, Pacific Islands Club, Foremost, PitShop Rentals, Tango Theaters, WAVE Clubs, Guam Running Club, Buen Provecho 671 Food Truck, JFK student volunteers & the USO.

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[A child embraces Che’lu the Ko’ko’ bird]