Guam – Amidst race-perfect weather and a flat course, over 1,100 racers blazed through the streets of Hagatna to run for the Bank of Guam’s 40th Anniversary Ifit 5K Race to benefit Guam Cancer Care.
In the men’s division, Derek Mandell smashed the BOG course record and took home the $1,000 prize. 13 year old Taylor Fell took the top female prize among more than 1,100 racers.
A drumline led the race beginning, followed by a blown conche shell. Nine police officers provided the safety and security many longtime racers have for long sought. Runners sought for and broke personal records to the cheers of 12 stations of rallying bankers throughout the route, as well as a drumline providing extra incentive at the finish line.
“Green” was part of the theme of the race, as finishers were treated to reuseable Bank of Guam water bottles, fruits in paper cups, Bank of Guam race towels and a host of top prizes, led by the grand prize of two Delta Air Lines tickets to the United States.
Race organizers were thrilled with the turnout to celebrate the Bank’s 40th Anniversary, particularly with the large force of volunteers seen throughout the race staging area and the race route.