PIC Donates $7,500 to TEC & Reveals Guam Marathon 2013 Project

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Guam- The Pacific Islands Club (PIC) held a check presentation this afternoon [Thursday] for its donation of $7,500 dollars to the Tourism Education Council (TEC) and to also reveal its next big project.

The proceeds came from the 20th annual PIC International 5k, 10k and Half Marathon road races that were held on November 13. TEC Coordinator Heidi Ballendorf says the money has already gone towards a youth summit scheduled at the end of next month in the Father Duenas Phoenix Center. The summit will be themed around “Why we should care about Guam?” and the importance of tourism on the island. Around one thousand young people are expected to attend.

“We have a big youth summit coming up in January” said Ballendorf. “And this will allow us to open up the youth summit to even more kids. As of today, we have over 800 kids signed up. They get bussed in so we pay for the transportation. They get lunch and they get speakers. We’re going to have some kids from Saipan come down and share their experiences. It’s going to be a great event.”

PIC Race Director Ben Ferguson also says they’ve had a vested interest in promoting tourism to the island’s youth, so it was natural for them to donate proceeds to TEC for the second year in a row. He also reveals to PNC the next big race project PIC is working on in the next year.

“We got a surprise” said Ferguson. “We’re going to skip 2012. We’re not going to be having the half marathon, the 10k and the 5k. We’re moving our event to 2013. And we hope to bring Guam a bigger and better marathon in 2013. The PIC will work together with the (Guam) Running Club to produce the Guam Marathon.”

Ferguson adds teaming up with the Guam Running Club (GRC) to revamp the Guam Marathon in 2013 will hopefully bring overseas marketing power and a world class marathon event to the island. Details are still being planned out, but officials hope to schedule the event in April 2013.