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Saipan Marathon on March 14, 2020

(MVA) — The 2020 Saipan Marathon in the Marianas is set for March 14, 2020, and will include courses for Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and, for the first time in the marathon’s history, 5K.

The Marianas Visitors Authority has opened registration via, with separate sites for international ( and U.S./CNMI residents (, as applicable.

For international participants who register by Feb. 14, 2020, the fee for the Full Marathon is $90, while the Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K are $60. Registration between Feb. 15-27, 2020, for is $100 for the Full Marathon is $100 and $70 for the Half Marathon/10K/5K. The last day to register for international participants is Feb. 27, 2020, at 5 p.m. local time.

A special registration rate is available for residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. For those who qualify for this special rate and register by Feb. 14, 2020, the Full Marathon is $55, the Half Marathon/10K/5K at $45, and for students with valid student ID, $30. Registration between Feb. 15-27, 2020, for Full Marathon is $65, for the Half Marathon/10K/5K is $55, and for students is $55. Residents of the CNMI and U.S. who register from Feb. 28 to March 6 will pay $95 for the Full Marathon, $85 for the Half/Marathon/10K/5K, and $55 for students. The last day to register for CNMI and U.S. residents is March 6, 2020, at 5 p.m. local time.

Valid photo ID is required to register. Registration includes the awards banquet, a finishers t-shirt, and a certificate of completion.

Those who register by Feb. 14, 2020, will have their names included in the official 2020 Saipan Marathon booklet and on the finishers photo backdrop and will receive a personalized race bib. Additional fees for these benefits will apply after Feb. 14, 2020.

“We invite all runners and walkers to get ready for the 2020 Saipan Marathon, our prestigious local marathon certified by the International Association of Athletic Federations through the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races,” said MVA Managing Director Priscilla M. Iakopo. “We’re very excited to be adding a 5K course this year to allow more people to participate, especially families and students. We’re looking forward to a great turnout.”

The race start will start and finish at American Memorial Park, starting at 4:30 a.m. for the Full Marathon, at 5:30 a.m. for the Half Marathon, at 5:45 a.m. for the 10K, and at 6 a.m. for the 5K. The cut-off time for the full marathon will be 8:30 a.m. at the half-way point. There is no cut-off time for the Half Marathon, 10K or 5K.

All competitors are required to pick up their race packets on March 13, 2020, at American Memorial Park. Pickup times are 3-4 p.m. for team/groups/tour groups/etc. and 4-6 p.m. for individuals only.

For more information, visit the Marianas Calendar at or contact MVA community projects specialist Ed Diaz at 664-3210 or