TUMON, Guam—Event organizers for the 2017 United Airlines Guam Marathon (UGM) have announced that the latest early bird discount deadline is Dec. 2. Registration is available online at unitedguammarathon.com.
With new activities in store, UGM is looking forward to welcoming even more participants for the 2017 event. “The recently renamed United Airlines Guam Marathon has new and exciting features for runners to look forward to before and after the race.” said Event Director Ben Ferguson.
“New features include a broader array of activities for runners and the general public at the Håfa Adai Expo. The post race beach party has been renamed the BBQ Beach Party and will feature an entertainment stage on the beach and numerous food and beverage concessions together with additional photo opportunities and the traditional Tumon Bay post race dip. Also new to this year’s event is the creation of a runners perks program entitled Eat. Shop. Run. The program will offer discounts to registered runners at a wide variety of food and beverage establishments and retail outlets.”
Håfa Adai Expo
UGM Weekend will kick off with the Håfa Adai Expo and Packet Pick Up held on April 7 from 12pm to 6pm and on April 8 from 9am to 6pm. The Håfa Adai Expo serves as the mandatory participant packet pick up location and is open to the general public. Festivities will include a running clinic by 2000 Sydney Games Olympic gold medalist and UGM Ambassador, Naoko Takahashi, sponsor booths, live entertainment, cultural activities, food and beverage concessions, shopping for official UGM and running merchandise and other only on Guam activities.
Eat. Shop. Run.
As part of the 2017 event, the runners perks program will feature a diverse set of shopping incentives and others discounts that all registered runners, visitors and local residents, can enjoy. List of vendor offers and details will be available by January 2017 and will be presented on the event website. Special offers will be available race week starting April 3, 2017 and will conclude on April 16, 2017, week after the races. Runners can redeem discount offers by simply providing proof of race registration.
The BBQ Beach Party
Runners will also be able to enjoy an all-new BBQ Beach Party after crossing the finish line at the end of their race. The BBQ Beach Party will take place beachside offering participants and spectators a chance to admire the scenic view of Tumon Bay at Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial Park (Ypao Beach). Along with a live BBQ station, the BBQ Beach Party will also feature a live concert performance, beach games and entertainment, the traditional Tumon Bay post race dip, beachfront photo opportunities, local food and beverage concessions, live cultural entertainment, activities and more! The post race BBQ Beach Party is open to all participants and the general public.
About the United Airlines Guam Marathon
The United Airlines Guam Marathon (UGM), in its fifth year, is organized by Guam Sports Events Inc., a non-profit organization that hosts annual running and cycling events to promote Guam’s Håfa Adai spirit to grow sports tourism on Guam. The United Airlines Guam Marathon, Guam’s first IAAF approved marathon race, will take place on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Considered Guam’s premier running event, the UAGM includes 5K, 10K, half marathon (13.1 miles) and marathon (26.2 miles) race distances. All courses have been officially certified by the IAAF (International Association of Athletic Federations) and AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races). This designation means that marathon runners may use this as a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. Complete event details and registration can be found on the official event website at www.unitedguammarathon.com. The UGM is also sponsored by the Guam Visitors Bureau and the Pacific Islands Club. (PR)