More than 600 participants have registered for the islands biggest sporting event, the PIC Hafa Adai 5K Run. This year’s 5K will benefit the Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The event will take to the streets of San Antonio on Saturday April 18th at 7:30am.
The Northern Marianas Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence is a community-based, nonprofit organization. “Our mission is to “promote, nourish, and sustain a collective movement against violence in the CNMI,” said executive director Maise Tenorio. “In other words, we work to create a community that is safe and loving for all of its members… The Coalition is a small organization with a big goal! We are passionate about what we do and believe in the capacity of our community to create a future that is violence-free! We thank PIC for its commitment to serving the community as well!”
“We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the amount of support we received this year,” said Training and Events Manager Cindy Franz. “This time last year, we didn’t have nearly as many people registered. This year, I know we will break the 1,000 person mark!” 1,200 participants will be the cut off for this year’s fundraiser. Nearly 900 people joined the inaugural event last year. “We are always trying something new here at PIC Saipan, “said Assistant SEA Director and last year’s race director Dennis Tababa. “We knew that it would be something fun and few for the community to participate in, but we really had no idea it would be as big as it was. This is the main reason we increased the participation limit. After 1,200, we felt that safety might be an issue.”
Each year, PIC hosts three big fundraising events. The first part of the year starts with the PIC Duck Race for Cancer where 2,500 ducks were sold worldwide. The Hafa Adai 5k is run in April. Then, PIC wraps up the year with its annual Dodgeball tournament for the kids in the late Fall.
“Once again, PIC has partnered up with a number of sponsors to help make this 5K as successful as possible,” said SEA Director Glenn Policare. “We have teamed up with Amber Lynn Mendiola and her team at Let’s Move Marianas in an effort to help spread the word about the event and get kids motivated to join.” Let’s Move Marianas will be coordinating a $1,000.00 sporting good donation to the top three schools with the most participants. Elementary, middle and high schools have all been encouraged to join the event. The elementary (grades 1-5), junior high (grades 6-8) and high schools (grades 9-12) which have the most paid entries into the Hafa Adai 5K will earn their respective school some brand new sporting equipment.
“The kids get a chance to help the cause and earn some new gear for their schools at the same time,” said Policare. Aside from helping the NMCADSV, all participants will be entered into the post-race raffle. Prizes, which total more than $10,000.00 in value, include Annual memberships to PIC Saipan along with lunches, Sunday Brunches, Gym Memberships and room stays. Other prizes include Sea Touch passes, admission tickets to the Sand Castle Magic Show, free drinks for a month from the Shack, fabulous prizes from Triple J Five Star Wholesale and a round trip ticket to Japan from Delta Air Lines. The top 10 finishers will receive additional travel certificate vouchers from Delta Air Lines as well.
The 5KM will start and finish at PIC Saipan and will feature five different coloring stations along the Beach Road route. Participants are encouraged to wear white attire so that the full effect of the coloring stations can be seen post-race. Volunteers will be celebrating each runner’s arrival by greeting them with “holi powder.” This is biodegradable mixture of corn starch and food coloring.
“This year will have more colors, more prizes, more runners and more fun,” said Franz “The five color stations (blue, pink, green, yellow and red) along with two water stations will line Beach Road starting at PIC and stretch all the way to Triple J Five Star Wholesale.”
PIC Saipan would like to thank all the generous sponsors who made this event possible: Pacific Trading Company, Let’s Move Marianas, Triple J Motors, T Galleria, Delta Air Lines, MVA, Triple J Five Star Wholesale, I Love My Tobacco Free CNMI, DYS, DCCA, CNMI Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, Department of Public Health CNMI Immunization Program, Island Apparel, Sea Touch, Sandcastle, Bridge Capital LLC and The Shack.
Entry fees are only $10. Entry forms for the Hafa Adai 5K can be found at Triple J Motors on Beach road or in the PIC lobby. For more information, please contact Cindy Franz at 237-5147.