SIS to hold Gecko 5000 on Sept. 28

Posted on Sep 20 2019


Agape Christian School students run in Marpi with the Banzai Cliff as backdrop during last year’s Gecko 5000. (Saipan International School Photo)

Saipan International School will be holding the Gecko 5000 Invitational in Marpi on Sept. 28.

The race will begin at the Last Command Post and end near Banzai Cliff. The course will follow a loop along the road and through the jungle, finishing approximately 300 meters from the end of the Banzai Cliff Memorial.

Miles 1 and 2 will be marked and the course will consist of 50% grass and nature trail with some rough terrain and single-track lanes. Approximately one kilometer of the run is along the main road.

The Department of Public Safety will be providing support during the race, while volunteers will be stationed strategically along the course to guide runners or provide assistance, if needed.

Registration packets will be available at SIS or at the Last Command Post. All runners must be at the site by 6:20am.

Team trophies will be awarded, as well as medals for the Top 3 boys and girls. There must be one boys team and or one girls team per school to qualify for the team awards and each school is allowed a maximum of 6 runners (with bibs)

The Gecko 5000 will also double as a qualifier for the 2019 All Schools Cross Country Championships. Non-bibbed runners will qualify for the All-Schools Championships, but will not count for team scoring

Meanwhile, SIS is set to face off with Saipan Community School as they hold the Run for the Coconut on Sept. 26.

The race will start at 2pm with the course beginning and ending at the beach path near The Shack.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
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