Saipan Marathon early bird deadline on Feb. 14

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(MVA) — For the best prices, participants in Saipan Marathon 2020 — scheduled for March 14 —are encouraged to register by this Friday’s (Feb. 14) early bird deadline.

From left, Jonalyn Agulto, Jeafanie Agulto, Francine Joy Ebuen, and Kelli Acebo finish the Saipan Marathon on March 25, 2017.  The early bird registration deadline this year is Feb. 14. Saipan Marathon 2020 will be held on March 14.  MVA photo

Saipan Marathon 2020 is an annual signature event of the Marianas Visitors Authority aimed at drawing visitors and media attention to the destination. This year’s event adds a 5K course to its 10K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon repertoire.

“This year’s marathon is the most inviting yet with a comfortable 5K course that is perfect for children, families, runners of all fitness levels, even walkers,” said MVA community projects manager Martin Duenas. “The best part is, even a 5K participant gets to enjoy all the benefits of joining the marathon, including a medal, a finishers t-shirt, a great dinner buffet awards dinner, and of course, bragging rights. Don’t miss this Friday’s early bird deadline!”

Powerade returns this year as exclusive sponsor, and Skymark Airlines, which provides direct daily flights from Tokyo to Saipan, is a Platinum sponsor. Hyatt Regency Saipan has signed on as a gold sponsor, and silver sponsors are Budget Car Rental Saipan, Coca- Cola/Foremost, Grandvrio Resort Saipan, Saipan Apparel, Saipan Plant Center, and Subway. Supporters include Northern Marianas Athletics, Hotel Association of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Memorial Park, the Department of Public Safety, the Department of Public Works, the Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, the Division of Parks and Grounds, and Hawaiian Rock Products.

Saipan Marathon is certified by the International Association of Athletic Federations through the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races. Registration for the event is now available 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 and 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 and 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 the 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.

A 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.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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