THE return of the Pacific Islands Club Saipan’s Hafa Adai 5K Color Run saw the participation of close to 800 community members on Saturday morning.

While the participants waited for the 7:30 a.m. start time, they played the “high striker” or “strength tester” which involved the use of a hammer to ring the bell suspended on top of a tower. They also performed stretching exercises and joined a Zumba session.

Based on the registration, there were 723 runners and 70 volunteers who filled the colorful route which started from the PIC south employee parking lot, and proceeded to the turnaround point in front of the Aquarius Beach Tower and back.

Agape Christian School students, boys and girls, crossed the finish line first under the 10-minute mark. However, placings were not recorded as the event was a “fun run.”

“After a three-year hiatus, the Hafa Adai 5k Color run has made a great comeback! A very successful event indeed,” PIC animation manager Reymark Castro said. “Hafa Adai 5K got tons of support from the community. We want to thank you all for joining the charity event.”

Lindsay Ahn, E-Land Group corporate social responsibility manager, and Dennis Seo, general manager of the Pacific Islands Club Saipan, also expressed their gratitude to the participants for their support.

“More than $7,500 was raised,” Castro said. “An amazing contribution from our Hafa Adai 5K participants! All of the Hafa Adai 5K proceeds will be donated to the Saipan community through the E-Land community funds,” he added.

E-Land owns PIC, Kensington Hotel Saipan and Coral Ocean Golf Resor

PIC would like to recognize Robin Sapong, president of the Oceana Athletics Association and general secretary of Northern Marianas Athletics, for highlighting the importance of running events such as the Hafa Adai 5K and their contributions to the local community and tourism.

PIC would also like to recognize the event sponsors: Kensington Hotel Saipan, Coral Ocean Resort, Tan Siu Lin Foundation, Pacific Trading Company, Pepsi, Gatorade, Monster, Bridge Capital, Joeten Shopping Center, Pacific Islands Club Guam, Hyatt Regency Saipan, AK Toyota, I Love Saipan, and Island Apparel.

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