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AN EARLY morning race start couldn’t prevent more than 1,100 participants from making their way down to the Bank of Guam headquarters in Hagåtña.
Runners and walkers were prepared to participate in the Bank of Guam’s 40th Anniversary Ifit 5K Race to benefit Guam Cancer Care. With a drum line leading the race and a “kulu” being blown, participants took the course consisting of 12 stations of rallying bankers throughout the route. This year’s race promoted a “Green” theme that included finishers being treated with reusable Bank of Guam water bottles, fruits in paper cups, and Bank of Guam towels as well as a host of top prizes, to include a grand prize of two Delta Air Lines tickets to the United States.
Avid and competitive runner Derek Mandell made his presence felt at the event while cruising through the fairly flat and fast course. Mandell set a course record and personal best after bolting through the 3.1-mile race in 14 minutes, 56 seconds.
Mandell was able to beat out fellow competitor Chris Magtoto to claim the first-place prize of $1,000. Magtoto was the motivation behind Mandell’s push to a quick finish and completed the race less than 30 seconds later. The second-place finisher arrived in a respectable 15:13.
In the women’s division, it was junior division runner Taylor Fell who beat out all her female competitors to claim stake to the top prize. Fell, who competed in several soccer games the day before for St. John’s, was game the very next morning and crossed the finish line in 19:36.
The course started and ended at the Bank of Guam headquarters in Hagåtña, running through the middle of the capital down to Chode Mart and around the backside to the Superior Court of Guam.