Guam Ko’ko' Road Races
Location: Gov. Joseph Flores Memorial Park, Tumon
Contact: Kraig Camacho
The Guam Ko’ko’ Road Race is Guam’s elite half-marathon and ekiden relay, named after Guam’s territorial bird, the Guam rail or Ko’Ko’. Thousands of runners from Asia, the US and Guam enjoy the beautiful course which follows Guam’s picturesque western coast.
Who loves the Ko'ko'?
We do! Thanks to the success of these past ten years, the Guam Visitors Bureau is excited to announce the return of The Guam Ko'ko' Road Races with the thrilling addition of a 10K Run/Walk!
The Guam Ko'ko' Road Races include three dynamic and distinct races in one - a half-marathon course, a 10K run/walk course, and a four-person Ekiden Relay race - all of which start and end at the Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial (Ypao Beach) Park.
Calling all costume and cosplay enthusiasts!
This run is all about your fun! We encourage all participants to run in
costume to be automatically entered in the costume contest for the most
original, best superhero, and scariest costumes. So dust off those superhero
capes and creative costumes and join us for a good time!
This year's event will start off with a "thrilling" dance number, cool pre-race event bags, and to keep it lively from start to finish, cheering groups, water stops and entertainment will be found throughout the themed race course that will be sure to scare your socks off!
Dress up or dress down, we want you to join us for Guam's most fun run! Register now at http://guamkokoroadrace.com!
The Guam Ko'ko' Road Races include three distinct race courses:
- Ekiden Relay
- 10K Run/Walk
All races will start and end at Governor Joseph F.
Flores Memorial Park (Ypao Beach) in the heart of beautiful Tumon Bay
Race Date and Time
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Half-Marathon Soloists: Showtime at 3:00 A.M., Go time at 4:00 A.M.
10K Run/Walk Soloists: Showtime at 3:00 A.M., Go time at 4:00 A.M.
Ekiden Relay Teams: Showtime 4:00 A.M., Go time at 5:00 AM
The race courses will showcase the scenic villages and ocean views of Tumon, Tamuning, the capital city of Hagåtña, and Asan. Participants can expect lively cheering groups, water stops and entertainment along the race courses.
The Guam Ko'ko' Road Race half marathon is 13.1 miles or 21.0975 kilometers. The course is an out-and-back that starts in Tumon in front of the Guam Visitors Bureau, heads north on San Vitores Road for about a quarter mile before turning right up Route 14A (or commonly known as JFK hill), reaching its highest elevation. Cresting the top of the hill, runners will then head south on Marine Corps Drive (Route 1), encountering the only real incline on the way to the turnaround point. The race continues on Route 1, passing through the villages of Tamuning, Hagatna, and Anigua. Half Marathon runners will reach the turnaround point, which is just inside the boundaries of Asan. The return leg is deceptively more difficult as it is a gradual uphill run back to the highest point on the course at JFK hill. The course ends with a short descent down Route 14A, a slight incline in front of the Pacific Star Resort & Spa and then a final stretch to the finish line.
The Guam Ko'ko' Ekiden race is a four-person relay with each team member running a 5k portion of the overall race. All Exchange Points will be made at the front of the start line. The course travels the same route as the half marathon, turning around after reaching the 2.5k mark in Tamuning near the United City Ticket Office (Century Plaza). On the return, Ekiden runners (A, B & C) will stay in the inside south-bound lane until reaching the start of the GVB intersection at which point runners will make a left and U-turn towards the Ekiden Exchange point lot (across the street from Proa restaurant and diagonally across GVB) Finishing Ekiden D runners will not U-turn, instead they will continue southbound on Chalan San Vitores to run through the finish chute downhill toward Ypao Beach in Tumon.
10k Run/Walk - NEW FOR 2016!
The new 10k run/walk course is perfect for those who want to participate in this cause-worthy race without the pressure to run an entire half marathon. This course follows the half marathon route through the village of Tamuning until the turnaround point located in East Agana Bay at the Trinchera Beach Park.