Northern Marianas Athletics released its final schedule of events for the last quarter of 2017 with the 36th edition of the Christmas Island Relay wrapping its races for the year. The opening of the All Schools Cross Country Series will be in September at Airport Road followed by the succeeding legs in October to be held separately at the Civic Center Beach and at the American Memorial Park.
The last leg of the Cross Country race is in November also at the American Memorial Park. The final dates are yet to be determined, but it will be held on a Saturday.
NMA will also send representatives to the 11th Asia Pacific Invitational Cross Country Championships on Oct. 20 and 21 organized by Guam Athletics in Guam.
The 30th Annual Mt. Tapochau Turkey Trot is set on Nov. 24 where the fastest age group racers that would make the uphill climb from Lower Base to Saipan’s highest point would bring home turkeys as prizes.
Athletics competitions in the Pacific Mini Games are also on the NMA’s calendar from Dec. 10 to 14 at Port Villa in Vanuatu.
The Christmas Island Relay will be held in the early morning of Dec. 23 where each member of a five-man team will complete the 13.7-mile (22 kilometers) race from the south parking lot of the Pacific Islands Club to the Last Command Post.
Individuals in the open division can run the entire race or be part of a five-person squad where each team member will alternately run one mile (1.6K) from PIC to Marpi.
NMA secretary general Robin Sapong and daughter Zarinae are currently in London for the 16th International Association of Athletics Federations World Championships from Aug. 4 to 13.