UNITED AIRLINES GUAM MARATHON VIRTUAL EVENT EXTENDED FROM SEPT. 5-20
Extension gives runners more flexibility to complete virtual races safely
(August 31, 2020 – Guam) Guam Sports Events, Inc., United Airlines, and the 2020 United Airlines Guam Marathon (UGM) partners announced today that they will be extending the deadline to complete the #UGM2020 Goes Virtual races from Sept. 5 through Sept. 20. The new race dates will give residents and international runners more flexibility to schedule their races within the two weeks to ensure a safer experience for all.
The now two-week-long virtual event, rebranded as #UGM2020 Goes Virtual, will begin on Sept. 5, and runners will need to complete their 5K, 10K, half marathon (13.1 miles) and marathon (26.2 miles) race distances and submit their timing online by Sept. 20. All current #UGM2020 registrants were automatically entered to run the virtual race. They were also automatically deferred to 2021 at no additional cost.
Ben Ferguson, Event Director, Guam Sports Events, Inc. said, “This year is a very different year for UGM. We thank United Airlines, Guam Visitors Bureau, and Pacific Island Club and all our sponsors for having the vision and commitment to support this virtual race. There is still some uncertainty as to when the PCOR 1 restrictions will be lifted in Guam, and we ask all runners to follow their local government mandates and stay safe while having fun.”
The #UGM2020 packet pickup dates have been changed due to the current government restrictions. Once the restrictions are lifted in Guam, registered runners will be able to pick up their race packets through Sept. 20. Packet pickup details will be relayed at a later date. The packet will include a finisher medal, event t-shirt, beach mat, towel, and event bag.
OFFICIAL UGM EVENT MERCHANDISE
Official UGM 2020 merchandise is available exclusively through Run Guam’s Tumon and online stores (runguam.com). Run Guam, locally owned and operated, is the official merchandise partner of UGM.
UGM’s runners’ perks program Eat.Shop.Run, will be returning this year. Event organizers will be announcing this year’s special offers soon. Stay tuned to UGM’s Facebook page for details.
Ferguson added, “We ask that all runners run with safety in mind. Follow all physical distancing rules and be sure to practice good hand sanitizing when possible. We also ask drivers to look out for runners along the roadways. Let’s work together to keep them and all athletes safe on our streets. From the entire UGM team, we wish them an enjoyable and fulfilling UGM race!”
About the United Airlines Guam Marathon
The United Airlines Guam Marathon (UGM), now in its eighth year. UGM is organized by Guam Sports Events Inc., a nonprofit organization that hosts annual sports tourism events to promote Guam’s Håfa Adai spirit and attract more visitors to Guam. Considered to be Guam’s premier running event, UGM has gone virtual in 2020 offering 5K, 10K, half marathon (13.1 miles), and marathon (26.2 miles) race distances. #UGM2020 Goes Virtual will be completed from Sept. 5-20, 2020. UGM is Guam’s first International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) approved marathon and has also been officially certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS). This designation means that marathon runners may use UGM as a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. UGM is proud to have United Airlines as its title sponsor and Guam Visitors Bureau and Pacific Islands Club as gold sponsors of the 2020 event. For more information, visit unitedguammarathon.com. Event information and updates can be accessed through the free UGM mobile App and on Facebook and Instagram (@unitedguammarathon). Tag UGM using the official event hashtags #unitedguammarathon and #runinparadise.