Guam – The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) along with DFS Galleria, Pacific Islands Club, Stations of KUAM and United Airlines today announced the 2014 Guam Ko’ko’ Half Marathon and Ekiden Relay will be held October 19, 2014 at Governor Joseph Flores Memorial Park (Ypao). Registration for the race is now open at GVB in Tumon and online at www.guamkokoroadrace.com .
“The Guam Ko’ko’ race is celebrating its ninth year with continued support from our generous sponsors and excitement building in the community,” said GVB General Manager Karl Pangelinan. “As we continue to diversify our market, events like Ko’ko’ help us to attract both new and repeat visitors, while providing opportunities for our visitors and the local community alike, to enjoy Guam as a premier destination.”
The Guam Ko’ko’ race is a half marathon solo and ekiden relay (4‐person team) road race. In its ninth year, the Guam Ko’ko’ will start and end at Governor Joseph Flores Memorial (Ypao Beach) Park. The half marathon solo race course showcases the villages of Tumon, Tamuning, Asan, and the capital city of Hagåtña, while the Ekiden relay will consist of a 5k course that travels the same route as the half marathon, turning around after reaching 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. Touted as one of Guam’s signature sports tourism events, the Guam Ko’ko’ Race attracts visitors to Guam while increasing awareness for Guam’s indigenous Guam Rail, also known as the ko’ko’ bird.
Efforts in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources raise awareness of the plight of the flightless bird and help preserve this endangered species. ’Che’lu’ is the official mascot for the Guam Rail and interacts with the community of Guam and visitors endearing them to Guam’s territorial bird.
Over the past fifty years Guam’s tourism product has matured into a world-class destination serving nearly 1.3 million visitors annually. Events like the Guam Ko’ko’ race help to market our island as a sports tourism destination with conservative estimates calculating over $2M injected into Guam’s economy as a result of last year’s event.
Online registration is open through the October 15th closing deadline at www.guamkokoroadrace.com. Early bird registration fees are available participants in both the Soloist Half Marathon and the Ekiden Relay, with the school division for the Ekiden Relay set at just $20, or $5 per runner, to allow as many students as possible to participate. Participants are encouraged to register online and the first 100 online registrants will receive a complimentary exclusive Ko’ko’ “In-Training” dri-fit tee.
Article from a press release.