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Ko’ko’ Weekend Returns: Online Registration open for 2023 Ko’ko’ Road Race

Ko’ko’ Weekend Returns: Online Registration open for 2023 Ko’ko’ Road Race

(Tumon, Guam) The Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) is pleased to announce that registration is now open online for the Guam Ko’ko’ Road Race and the Guam Ko’ko’ Kids Fun Run. Both races have been GVB signature events for more than 10 years and will be held at Governor Joseph Flores Memorial Park (Ypao Beach).

“We’re proud to bring the Guam Ko’ko’ Road Race back after a long hiatus. Our beloved GVB signature event creates great awareness and love for our endemic Ko’ko’ bird while giving runners near and far a reason to come together to improve their health and wellness,” said GVB President & CEO Carl T.C. Gutierrez. “Paired with the Guam Ko’ko’ Kids Fun Run, we have something for the entire family that highlights our unique destination. We encourage everyone to register and train well for Ko’ko’ weekend!”

The 13th annual Guam Ko’ko’ Road Race is scheduled for April 16, 2023, with the start and finish restored to the event’s home in Tumon. This year, the race will offer a 10K out-and-back run/walk course. Event participants will enjoy a new course route that will start in front of the GVB Office and proceed toward Chalan San Antonio, continuing down to Marine Corps Drive with a turnaround point in East Agana and then returning back to Governor Joseph Flores Memorial Park (Ypao Beach). Runners can also anticipate water stops, cheering groups, and entertainment along the course route. All participants will receive a finisher’s t-shirt and medal.

Kids kick off race weekend

The 14th Guam Ko’ko’ Kids Fun Run will kick off Ko’ko’ Weekend on April 15, 2023 and will start and finish at Ypao Beach in Tumon. The kids run will offer races for three specific age groups - a 3.3K for 10-12-year olds, 1.6K for 7-9-year olds, and .6K for 4-6-year olds. Each finisher will receive a t-shirt.

Plight of the Ko’ko’ bird

Additionally, Ko’ko’ weekend supports the plight of Guam’s territorial bird. GVB is working closely with the Department of Agriculture, Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources to raise awareness for the Guam rail or ko'ko' bird, which is a flightless bird endemic to Guam. With Che’lu as the official mascot for the Guam rail, the Bureau will also have Kiko and Kika, two of its newest mascots, interact with event-goers to increase their knowledge of this endangered species. Donations are being accepted to help support conservation efforts when participants register for the respective races.

Online registration for the Guam Ko’ko’ Road Race and Guam Ko’ko’ Kids Fun Run is at Early registration rates are available for a limited time. Participants can also follow the events as well as Guam Visitors Bureau on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for race updates.


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