United Airlines Guam Marathon names event ambassadors


The United Airlines Guam Marathon named Derek Mandell, Rhea Macaluso, Manami Iijima and Leo Tkel as this year’s local event ambassadors.

Guam – Guam Sports Events, Inc. (GSE) named the local event ambassadors of this year’s United Airlines Guam Marathon (UGM).

Manami Iijima, Rhea Macaluso, Derek Mandell, and Leo Tkel have been named as our first local event ambassadors of the United Airlines Guam Marathon. According to Ben Ferguson, Managing Director of GSE, “These dedicated and experienced runners have graciously been sharing some valuable running tips through the UGM monthly e-newsletter. These individuals are ideal representatives for our event because they are so giving of their time and each one has a keen interest in promoting running from both a competitive and wellness standpoint.”

Carmela Tyquiengco, the spokesperson for the United Airlines Guam Marathon, is also looking forward to working with the local event ambassadors.

Manami Iijima, a Maite resident, shares how she is preparing for the half marathon on social media. She posts food and training pictures on Instagram as @manamiruns. People also can ask her for insights or tips on Facebook.

Rhea Macaluso, a Chalan Pago resident, is still deciding between the 10K and half marathon.

Derek Mandell, a Chalan Pago resident, is deciding between the full marathon and half marathon. He is trying to find a day of the week to host group runs. People can email him for quick running tips at derek@werunguam.com.

Leo Tkel, who is preparing for the full marathon, welcomes runners to join him and his friends as they train. “We run every Sunday starting at 5 a.m. at the Pacific Islands Club parking lot,” the Barrigada resident said. “We’ll be more than happy to share some tips and guidance.”

The marathon will be on Sunday, April 9. Early bird registration is ongoing until February 3. More information can be found on the event website, unitedguammarathon.com.