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Dive and Run on 100 Years of Guam’s History

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Here’s a little bit of history about Guam, popular with divers ’round the world but not too much with plain tourists like us.

Twenty-six years ago, the German cruiser SMS Cormoran II was scuttled in Guam’s Apra harbor That was April 7th of 1917, during World War I. Then, on August 27, 1943, the era of World War II, the Japanese freighter Tokai Maru was torpedoed and sunk right over the wreck of the Cormoran, laying 120 feet below sea level. In July 1974, the SMS Cormoran II was listed on the Guam Register of Historic Places, as well as the National Register of Historic Places a year later.

This makes Guam having the only dive site in the world with wrecks from two world wars. So, in honor of this piece of history and the lives that perished on the SMS Cormoran II, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) will commemorate the 100th anniversary by holding memorial services on April 7, 2017, with wreath-laying activities at Apra Harbor and the Naval Cemetery in Hagatna, and a series of lectures and an exhibit during the weeklong celebration.

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Guam’s annual premier running event, the United Airlines Guam Marathon, will also happen on the same day, the fifth year running, together with the Hafa Adai Expo and Pick up event.

The 5th United Airlines Guam Marathon (or more known as “UGM”) happens on April 9th from 3:00AM until 11:00AM. The participant or runner packet pick up location will be at the Hafa Adai Expo which opens on April 7th from 12:00PM until 6:00PM, and will continue to be open to the public the following day, April 8th from 9:00AM until 6:00PM. There will also be a running clinic by Naoko Takahashi, 2000 Sydney Olympics gold medalist and UGH ambassador, lots of booths, live entertainment, cultural activities, food concessions, official UGM and running merchandise shops, and other #OnlyOnGuam activities. Of course, there will also be shopping incentives and discounts to be given to all registered runners, visitors and local residents.

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Culminating all these activities is a BBQ Beach Party at the Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial Park, located at Ypao Beach overlooking Tumon Bay, with live concert performances, beach games, the traditional Tumon Bay post-race dip, beachfront photos (you gotta do this – sunset selfie is a must!), food, drinks, and more entertainment.

The UGM is also sponsored by the Guam Visitors Bureau and the Pacific Islands Club. For more information about the SMS Cormoran Centennial Commemoration and the 2017 UGM marathon, please visit www.unitedguammarathon.com or www.visitguam.com/SMSCORMORANGUAM. You can also visit and like GVB’s Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/visitguamph and GVB’s Instagram @visitguamph

Source: Tropical Productions Inc. (TPI) via Carmel Carpio

Photos from source.

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

March 27, 2017 at 7:29 am