Sato repeats as 10K winner; Narita tops women

Posted on Jan 28 2020

Kosuke Sato, second from right, poses with third placer Ken T. Song after winning the 10-kilometer portion of the 5th Aquathlon & 10KM Run held early Sunday morning at the Gov. Froilan Tenorio Saipan Beach Pathway. Flanking Sato and Song are Triathlon Association of the CNMI officials Manny Sitchon and Ronald Villafria. (Mark Rabago)

Kosuke Sato repeated as the overall winner of the run portion of the 5th Aquathlon & 10KM Run held early Sunday morning at the Gov. Froilan Tenorio Saipan Beach Pathway.

The 48-year-old general manager of Kingfisher Golf Links sped through the run course from the Kilili Pavilion in Oleai to the Bank of Guam intersection in Garapan and back in a time of 41:41.

“It was a nice and cool run,” said the Tokyo, Japan native after topping the event for the second straight year. He won the 2019 edition of the run in a time of 41:58.8.

Coming in second to Sato in the men’s division was Whitney Altizer, who submitted a time of 42:03, while rounding out the top 3 was Ken T. Song with his 43:04.

In the women’s division, Maki Narita was the first to cross the finish line with a 45:20, followed by Sarka Glanchova and Anika Snyder with runs of 50:15 and 50:23, respectively.

All top 3 winners in the men’s and women’s division of the 10K run went home with medals and compression socks donated by Kiyokazu Fitness Club.

Saipan Community School teacher Sarah Vander Wal topped the run-swim-run component of the 5th Aquathlon & 10KM Run. The swim portion of the race was held in the waters off Kilili Beach, while the run was also held along the Saipan Beach Pathway with the turnaround at Monika’s Gallery.

A total of 35 runners took part in the run portion of the 5th Aquathlon & 10KM Run, which was organized by the Triathlon Association of the CNMI and sponsored by the Marianas Visitors Authority and Kanoa Resort.

TRAC secretary general Ricky Castro thanked everyone who took part in the event and also the volunteers who helped the organization hold the 5th Aquathlon & 10KM Run.

TRAC’s 5th Aquathlon & 10KM Run was the second leg of their series leading up to the 2020 Tagaman Triathlon. The first was their Duathlon event held last Dec. 21 in Paupau Beach. The last of the series will be the Sprint Triathlon set for Feb. 29 that would involve a 750m swim, 20-km bike, and 5-km run.

Mark Rabago | Associate Editor
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