Registration starts at 3:15pm with NMA holding races for the boys’ and girls’ Under-8, U10, U12, U14 and U18 age divisions. NMA will properly put markers on the entire course to avoid injury among the participants.
The second part of the NMA and Public School System-organized race will be held on Oct. 18 at 7am at the Susupe Civic Center. The third and final leg will then shift to the American Memorial Park on Oct. 25, while the finals will also be held at the AMP on Nov. 15 at 7am.
Individual and team awards will be handed out in the finals. The team awards will be determined via point system and each squad must have at least five runners. Points will be awarded depending on the place of each runner, one point for first place and so on. The team/schools with the least points will be declared champions (in each age group).
If less than five runners are in each team, the places of all members of the squad will be disregarded and the scores re-ranked. Ties will be resolved by comparing the sixth place finishers from each team. If a team does not have a sixth placer, the squad with a sixth member will prevail. If teams that are tied have only five participants the tie will be resolved based on the total scores of the first four finishers.
Saipan Community School dominated last year’s finals at the Airport Field, as five of its runners won the six races in the elementary division. SCS also topped the junior high school category.
Meanwhile, NMA will hold two other events at the end of this year. First up will be the 29th Annual Mt. Tapochao Turkey Trot on Nov. 27. The association will then close out the year with the 32nd Annual Christmas Island Relay on Dec. 29. The relay event will start at 6am with runners racing from Pacific Islands Club in San Antonio to the Last Command Post in Marpi. (Jon Perez)