FAQs

Registration

The online Ekiden registration process is structured to make it easy for each team member to register independently (rather than one person registering all four). Teammates can register by visiting the registration page and following the registration steps. Enter your name and birth date, and it will give you the option to either create a new team or join an existing team. When you type your team name, you should see it appear. Once you choose to add a teammate, you will be prompted to enter the remaining information. Only the initial registrant will submit payment for the Ekiden Relay Team. For each subsequent member of an existing Ekiden Relay Team, the payment total will be $0.

Conveniently sign up at the registration information page or visit Pacific Islands Club front desk to register in person. Credit card payments will be the only acceptable form of payment for in person applications at Pacific Islands Club.

There are no additional fees to register online, and we encourage all participants to register online for a seamless registration experience.

If you are unable to run, your entry fee will not be refunded. As stated on the application and instructions, race fees are non-refundable nor are they transferable from person to person or year to year.

Race numbers are non-transferable, and doing so will create confusion with the results. The Guam Ko'ko' Half Marathon & Ekiden Relay takes NO responsibility for a third party should a number be sold or transferred.

This year marks the 11th Annual Guam Ko'ko' Road Races. Each year the race grows in the number of participants and the added value for Ko'ko' runners -- from the giveaways and activities to the prizes and post-race party. Each finisher will receive an official Ko'ko' Race dri-fit t-shirt, a reusable event bag, access to the Post-Race Monster Bash and entry to win a roundtrip airline ticket on United Airlines to an Asian or Micronesian destination of choice, raffled off at the start of each race! In addition to all that, the Guam Ko'ko' Road Race is a signature Guam Visitors Bureau sports event that is professionally organized by the experienced team at Guam Sports Events, so you will not only have a safe and good time, the course quality and overall experience will be world class.

Running the Race

You must be at least 14 years-old on the day of the race to run in the Half Marathon or 11 years-old on the day of the race to run in the 10K Race or Ekiden Relay.

For safety and insurance reasons, music players and headphones are not permitted on the course. The Guam Ko'ko' Road Race is also one of the few occasions in life in which crowds will be cheering and clapping for you. Enjoy it!

The Ko'ko team loves animals, but for the safety of our furry friends, we ask that you leave them at home on race day. Pets will not be permitted on the course.

For the safety of all of the runners, we do not encourage strollers on the race course. However, if participants bring strollers, their child/stroller will not be registered, nor receive a finish time. Also, please start towards the back of the starting line to ensure you do not block other runners.

Runners of all abilities are welcome. We recommend that you line up towards the back of the start line and run on the right-hand side of the lane. Be sure not to stop suddenly or veer into the paths of other runners. If you're running with friends, run no more than two abreast. Doing so keeps traffic on the course moving smoothly. The half marathon course will stay open for four hours.

No. You will not be able to run the race without a race number. If you do not wear your timing chip, you will not receive a finish time. Race officials will remove non-registered runners from the course.

To ensure fairness, number assignments are made on a completely random basis when each runner registers.

Unfortunately, only one number is issued per runner. Lost numbers cannot be replaced under any circumstance.

Each race number (and corresponding timing chip) is assigned to you specifically. If you wear another person's number, your finishing time will be recorded under his/her name. Please do not mix up your race number and timing chip with someone else's.

Yes. All timing chips must be returned after the race. A designated area will be set up after the finish line for you to return your timing chip. A $20 fee will be accessed to the credit card used to registration for the race for any unreturned timing chips.

Volunteers

We would love to hear from you. Please send your contact information to info@guamkokoroadrace.com, and we will get in touch with you.

Packet Pick Up

Please bring a valid photo ID. Race numbers, timing chips and t-shirts will be distributed at the race packet pick up on Friday, October 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Main Pavilion - Governor Joseph Flores Memorial Park, Ypao Beach. You must pick up your packet during this time. There is no race day packet pick up.

Written consent will be accepted for proxies if presented with a copy of the registrant's I.D. and a copy of the registration confirmation.

Course

There are a total of eight aid stations along the Half Marathon course. You will pass each of these twice for a total of 16 stations available to you on the course. Each station will offer water and sports beverages.

Yes! There will be two restrooms and hand washing stations throughout the course and plenty available at Ypao Beach Park.

Click here to view the Ko'ko' Race start and finish maps as well as a map of the ekiden relay turnaround.

The half marathon course will be open until 8:00 a.m. Participants still on the course at this time will be required to move to the sidewalks and obey all traffic signals. The finish line will close four (4) hours after the start of the race. Please note that participants who cross the half marathon finish line after 8:00 a.m. will not be recognized as official finishers and are not guaranteed a finishing time.

We would love to see the entire race course as a "Scare Squad" for runners! Please come out and encourage all runners by coming out and cheering for them as they pass by your home or village.

Race Day

Yes. Before the race, personal belongings may be checked into the Bag Drop Bus located on the north side of Ypao Park. There will be a Bag Drop Bus for local residents and one for international participants. Bags will be stored on the busses according to bib number. While we take the utmost care with all items left at the Bag Drop Bus, we cannot be held liable for lost items. The bag drop is for runners only and will be open from 3:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

You will be given a Ko'ko' event bag at packet pick up. Backpacks will not be allowed into the park, and all bags are subject to search. If you plan to use the bag drop, please note that only the Ko'ko' event bags will be accepted

Deposited bags can be claimed according to bib number at bag drop bus where it was deposited. Bag drop buses will be relocated after 5:00 a.m. from the start area to the finish area. Once claimed, bags cannot be re-deposited. Bags not claimed by 9:00 a.m. on race day will be given to charity.

Yes. There will be male and female changing tents available.

Post-Race Monster Bash

Immediately after you cross the finish line, there will be a sports drink and water station. You will receive your finisher's medal, and from there, you may proceed into the park to access the post-race bash.

Yes. In addition to the post-race bash available for finishers, there will be food and beverages available for sale in Ypao Park after the race.

You may choose to bring cash to purchase concessions, which can be securely stored in the Bag Drop Bus. The post-race vendors will be operating on a cash-only basis. An ATM will be available on site if you need to withdraw cash.

Yes. We encourage you to invite your family and friends to cheer you on as you finish your race and join you for the post-race activities.

The Cool Zone is where you will find the water "misters" to help you cool off after their race.

An information tent will be set up with a map of the post-race festival layout.

For the safety of all participants, all persons, bags, and personal items are subject to inspection before entering Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial Park, Ypao Beach. Only official Ko'ko' event bag will be permitted on the event grounds or throughout the course.

The following items are also prohibited:

  • hard-sided coolers
  • cans
  • bottles (except sealed water bottles of 16 oz. or less)
  • glass containers of any kind
  • alcoholic beverages
  • illegal substances
  • firearms (or any items that may be dangerous or cause injury to others)

Parking

Parking will be allowed in Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial Park, Ypao Beach's south parking lot. Additional parking will be available at the Pacific Islands Club parking lot.

  • San Vitores Road from the Guam Visitors Bureau/Proa Restaurant intersection to Hilton Resort & Spa will be closed from 1:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • San Vitores Road from the JFK intersection to Ypao Road will be closed from 2:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
  • The southbound lanes on Marine Corps Drive from the intersection of Routes 1 and 8 to the intersection of Routes 1 and 4 will be closed from 2:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
  • The two southbound lanes at the intersection of Routes 1 and 4 will be allowed to make a left turn at this intersection with GPD's assistance.
  • All southbound traffic on Marine Corps Drive between Routes 1 and 6 (Adelup) to the half-marathon turnaround, located just inside the boundaries of Asan, will be closed from 2:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.