The JP Hero Run is brought to you by Tan Holdings and the Tan Siu Lin Foundation. The JP Hero Run commemorates the life and work of former Saipan Tribune publisher John (JP) Pangelinan who passed away from cancer in February 2008. Net proceeds from the event will go to the 2020 Marianas March Against Cancer and the Commonwealth Cancer Association. Be a Hero! Join the local fight against Cancer! Register today!

Saipan Marathon 2020


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 (MVA) has opened registration via, with separate sites for International ( and US/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. (ChST).

A special registration rate is available for residents of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the USA.  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 i.d., $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 USA who register from Feb. 28 to Mar. 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 USA residents in Mar. 6, 2020, at 5 p.m. (ChST).

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.

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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,  contact MVA Community Projects Specialist Ed Diaz at 1.670.664.3210 or

16th Annual NMC Foundation Golf Tournament

An event to benefit higher education in the CNMI.

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Saipan LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort (East Course)
Showtime: 6:00am/ Shotgun Start: 7:00am
Medal Play Format

Registration Fee: $120
Maximum 140 players
Limited Slots Available
First come, first serve

For Registration & Payment:
NMC Cashier’s Office
LaoLao Bay Golf & Resort

Flight Categories:
Championship, A, B, C, Ladies, Seniors

For More Information log onto or call (670)237-6833

MVA, PDI Launch Saipan Morning Run

In line with the Marianas Visitors Authority’s Sports Islands promotion of The Marianas, Saipan Morning Run will be held every Friday morning at 8 a.m. in Garapan beginning on Dec. 13.

Hell of The Marianas

Its name says it all.  This 100km bike race takes you to hell and back on the toughest bike course in Micronesia.  Begun in 2007, the Hell is considered the ultimate race with professional athletes arriving from Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Russia, China, Australia and elsewhere to participate.   For more information, visit



KONQER debuts its first-ever OCR championship event in Rota. Who could have imagined that the “World’s Friendliest Island” would become the backdrop of our most challenging, most savage, endurance event?

This race is an “invitational” with 20 slots open for the solo (male or female) division and 20 slots open for a 3-person relay division. The objective of this race is simple — first to cross the finish line, wins!

The race will consist of a 16K (10 miles) Off-Road Run, 3.8K (2.5 mile) Open Ocean Swim and 10 Crushing Obstacles for both solo and relay participants.

If you are forming a relay team, we highly recommend putting together a team with people who dominate in a respective area. This means one strong runner, one strong swimmer and one agile ninja!

Top Enduro Solo finisher will receive $1,000.00 while the top Enduro Relay Team will receive $3,000.00.

Registration must be completed no later than August 15th. There will be no event day registration for the Enduro competition.

Post the Enduro event, a “Just-For-Fun” obstacles sprints challenge will open to the general public. This open play session will continue for 3 hours or until sunset (whichever comes first). There will be no fee but all participants will be required to sign a waiver prior to entering the course and trying out the obstacle structures.

Presented by Marianas Visitors Authority,, Bank of Guam, APL and Coors Light
Sponsored by: IT&E, GoPro, DR Safety

Register at
Inquiries can be emailed to

KONQER Rota Competition Callout

KONQER, Guam’s original obstacle course race (OCR), continues its expansion across Micronesia with the first-ever Enduro Championship (E1) event on Rota on September 14, according to KONQER chief experience officer Kaz Endo.


Showtime: 8:00 AM

Go Time: 9:00 AM

Event Ends: 3:00 PM

Saipan’s KONQER Apocalypse Obstacle Course Challenge has been rescheduled from April 27 to May 25, according to KONQER president Kelli Wedd and the Marianas Visitors Authority.

Registration starts for as low as $25 per person, 18 and older (event only) and free for age 17 and under at Non-business team registration is also available on the KONQER website, and business teams can be coordinated directly by emailing KONQER Saipan will start at 9am.

Revised course information will be released soon, so event organizers encourage everyone to stay tuned to the KONQER website and Facebook page for the latest updates.

KONQER Saipan is presented by the MVA and sponsored by Bank of Guam, Fiesta Resort & Spa Saipan, IT&E, American President Lines, Coors Light, Marianas Variety, Roil Soil, Saipan Brewing Company, Tribe Marianas, Paradise Awnings, DR LLC, Vantage Advertising, GoPro, and TriVision Media Group.