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Guam Prepares for Micronesia Cup

BCFOS -- In less than two weeks, the Guam Kayak and Canoe Federation will host one of the region’s most exciting international paddling competitions, the 2017 Micronesia Cup. The annual event uses a three-island rotation system, which includes the Republic of Palau, Saipan and Guam. And, now, it’s Guam’s turn to show all participants a truly professional paddling experience.

According to information provided in a press release by Jermaine Alerta, GKCF president, this year’s event is sponsored by Ambros and expects to consist of around 45 teams.

The event will kick off with an opening ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 6 p.m in front of the Carb Load hut, located among the CHamorro Village Festpac huts. A coaches meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

After all teams have been informed with a rules and safety briefing, competition is set to get under way on Friday, Oct. 27, at Chief Matapang Beach in Tumon. The 1000m sprints will be the first to take to the pristine water, with a 10 a.m. showtime, with a ceremonial blessing to take place 30 minutes later, and an 11 a.m. go-time.

On Saturday, Oct. 28, races will move a couple of miles south, to the Hagåtña boat basin in the island’s capital, where the 500m sprints will go down with an 11 a.m showtime and a noon go-time.

The following day, on Sunday, Oct. 29, the races will switch up, with the endurance paddlers having the chance to prove themselves under the hot Hagåtña boat basin sun. Open divisions will be the first to set out on their journey, with the men scheduled for a 10-mile monster, followed by a fierce 8-mile aqua trek for the ladies. Competitors in the open mixed category and open masters will have to complete a 6-mile course. The Junior enduro-paddlers’ race takes place at 2 p.m. at Matapang.

Closing ceremonies will take place on Sunday, at 6 p.m. in Pacific Village, formerly known as Festpac Village.

Other sponsors include: NAPA Auto Parts, Bank of Guam, Commercial Tire Depot, RKM Property Group, Staywell, First Hawaiian Bank, Guam Premier Outlets, ASC Trust, Coast 360, Cementon Micronesia, Cost-U-Less, Pay-Less Supermarkets, Johnny Cool, South Pacific Petroleum Corporation/76 Circle K, Tax Shelter, Chode Mart and Morrico.


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