46 brave bad weather for Valentine’s Walk

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Posted on Feb 15 2006

Saipan Walking Association Inc.’s 5th Annual Valentine’s Walk went on without a hitch last Saturday—that is until the turning point for participants who opted to take the 10-kilometer course.

With some close to finishing the first half of the walk at the end of the American Memorial Park pathway in Puerto Rico, the heavens opened up soaking most of the participants who still gamely finished the event.

A total of 46 walkers woke up early and braved the unpredictable weather to take on the morning event, which also included a 5-kilometer course.

The walk started at the 13 Fisherman Monument Pavilion in Garapan and continued north along the Saipan Beach Pathway. The halfway point for the 5-km walkers was the Hyatt Regency Saipan, while those who took on the 10-km route went through the American Memorial Park and up to Puerto Rico and back.

SAIWAI board member and event coordinator Mario Espeleta thanked all of the participants of the walk and also apologized for the rain. He said he hopes the healthy breakfast of bananas and oranges plus a change of dry clothes at the end of the walk lifted their spirits.

Like all SAIWAI activities, the IVV sanctioned the 5th Annual Valentine’s Walk. IVV members received credit for joining the event.

The IVV has member walking clubs in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Nepal, Australia, New Zealand, the CNMI, and 29 other European countries, including Germany.

For more information about SAIWAI and its activities, contact Espeleta at 322-8876 or Bea Quitugua at 322-2725.

SAIWAI was incorporated as a non-profit corporation on July 27, 2001 and was established to promote public health through non-competitive walking.

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