United Airlines Guam Marathon goes virtual


Guam Sports Events, Inc. and United Airlines announced today that Guam’s premier running event is going virtual.

The 2020 United Airlines Guam Marathon (UGM) will be converted into a week-long virtual race event held from September 5-13 and will be rebranded as “#UGM2020 Goes Virtual”.

“As Guam’s largest international sports event, we do more than promote fitness and health. We also promote Guam as a sports tourism destination that draws worldwide attention.”

“With this in mind, we have continued to monitor all developments regarding the COVID-19 pandemic within the Asia Pacific region and how this issue affects both our international and local participants. Given these challenges, we believe this is the most responsible way for us to hold the event this year,” said Ben Ferguson, Event Director, Guam Sports Events, Inc.

The virtual event is free to all current #UGM2020 registrants and they are automatically entered to participate. In addition, all current #UGM2020 registrants will be automatically deferred to 2021 at no additional cost.

New registrants are also welcome to participate in the 5k, 10k, Half Marathon or Full Marathon virtual run. Online registration will open starting July 1, 2020. Participants in the virtual event can complete their selected race distances within the virtual race event week while following their countries’ social distancing guidelines.

Athletes who participate in the virtual race will be eligible to pick up their #UGM2020 packet during the week of September 21 at the Pacific Islands Club Guam.

The packet will include a UGM 2020 finisher’s medals, event t-shirt, beach mat, event towel, and event bag. Details for pick up will be posted at a later date. #UGM2020 Goes Virtual will also offer a series of Håfa Adai experiences online throughout race week in an effort to bring the Håfa Adai spirit to the participants, wherever they may be in the world.

During race week, special perks will be available to runners, such as UGM’s Eat.Shop.Run discount program, a downloadable #UGM Goes Virtual toolkit, and more. UGM gold sponsor Pacific Islands Club Guam will be offering a staycation package as a prize to one lucky runner.  Details on this contest will be provided at a later date.

“The Håfa Adai experience is what makes this event memorable year after year. While we can’t be physically together this year, we won’t let it stop us from enjoying some fun and sharing our Håfa Adai spirit in the safest way possible. We’ll continue our mission of encouraging our resident community to maintain healthy lifestyles and reward them for doing so,” shared Ferguson.

Participants can follow UGM online at unitedguammarathon.com or on Facebook and Instagram (@unitedguammarathon) to learn more about the new virtual event. More information will be shared in the weeks ahead.

About the United Airlines Guam Marathon

The United Airlines Guam Marathon (UGM), now in its eighth year, is organized by Guam Sports Events, Inc., a nonprofit organization that hosts annual sports tourism events to promote Guam’s Håfa Adai spirit and attract more visitors to Guam.

Considered to be Guam’s premier running event, UGM includes 5K, 10K, half marathon (13.1 miles) and marathon (26.2 miles) race distances.  UGM is Guam’s first International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) approved marathon and has also been officially certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).

This designation means that marathon runners may use UGM as a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon.  UGM is proud to have United Airlines as its title sponsor and Guam Visitors Bureau and Pacific Islands Club as gold sponsors of the 2020 event.

For more information, visit unitedguammarathon.com.

Event information and updates can be accessed through the free UGM mobile App and on Facebook and Instagram (@unitedguammarathon). Tag UGM using the official event hashtags #unitedguammarathon and #runinparadise.