Guam Sports Events, along with Gold Sponsors Guam Visitors Bureau, Pacific Islands Club Guam and United Airlines, announced today at a lively beach themed press conference the exciting additions and new traditions to this year’s Guam International Marathon festivities. The press conference gathered thought leaders from the tourism industry -- Jon Nathan Denight, General Manager of GVB and Sam Shinohara, United’s Managing Director Operations for Guam and Micronesia – to join GSE Managing Director Ben Ferguson in insightful discussion about the overall economic impact, earned exposure and benefits to Guam from this international sports event.

The Fourth Annual 2016 Guam International Marathon – with 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon races – scheduled for Sunday, April 10th, attracts runners from all over the world for three days of festivities.  On April 8 and 9 the GIM Expo will take place at the Pacific Islands Club and serves as the convenient and festive race participant packet pick up location. The Expo is open to runners as well as the general public to enjoy a running clinic by 2000 Sydney Games Olympic gold medalist and GIM Ambassador, Naoko Takahashi, sponsor booths, live entertainment, cultural activities, local and international food concessions, as well as shop for official event and running merchandise.

Ferguson noted “We have some exciting events in store for this year’s Guam International Marathon. We continue to add more festivities each year for the benefit of our participants, particularly experiences that can be found only on Guam.  A majority of our 3,000 plus runners are traveling to Guam from 21 different countries for the races, and we want to be sure that they have a great Hafa Adai experience so they return in the years ahead.”

This year, GIM organizers have added new starting line festivities to include entertainment, music, a light show, cultural performances and a surprise to be revealed on race day.  Along the race course, aid stations will be found at every one-mile increment with fiesta stations, cheering stations, live entertainment, DJs and cooling stations interspersed throughout the courses.

“We feel quite fortunate that Guam, with its beautiful beaches and scenic backdrops, serves as a perfect setting for our running event to begin and end on the beach,” Ferguson added.  “This year, we are telling participants that their run doesn’t end at the finish line, it will end on the beach with their personal GIM Dip.”

What Ferguson is referring to is the new GIM tradition called the GIM Dip.  Runners are encouraged after they cross the finish line to follow the red carpet to the beach where they can take off their shoes and give their well deserving feet, or tired muscles, a refreshing dip in beautiful Tumon Bay.  Event photographers will line the beach to capture this special moment.

In keeping with its beach focus, the all new Finishers’ Beach Party will take place beachside at Governor Joseph A. Flores Memorial Park (Ypao Beach).  Food, drinks, entertainment, and prize giveaways are planned alongside the official awards presentation. The Finishers’ Beach Party is open to all participants and the general public.

“The Guam International Marathon’s Expo and Finisher’s Beach Party are open to our residents so they may be able to enjoy the benefits of Guam hosting an international running event of this magnitude,” said Denight.  “GIM has done a tremendous job of marketing Guam as a sports tourism destination in some of our major markets, and that is why we continue to support this event year after year.”

About the 4th Annual Guam International Marathon

The fourth annual Guam International Marathon 2016 is organized by Guam Sports Events Inc. and will take place on Sunday, April 10, 2016. The 2016 GIM 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.  GIM anticipates more than 3,000 local and international participants again this year.  Complete event details and registration can be found on the official event website

Registration is open online at or in person at the Pacific Islands Club’s front desk. Registration ends on April 5th.  This year, all finishers will receive a GIM event t-shirt, beach towel, beach mat and a finisher’s medal. Participants are encouraged to follow the event’s social media pages for the latest information and promotions.

For more information, contact

Ben Ferguson, Managing Director | Guam Sports Events, Inc. | tel. (671) 646-9171