TWENTY individuals participated in the inaugural Independence Day 2-mile run organized by Latte Built on Sunday with Marshall Hoskins and Tiana Cabrera topping their respective divisions.
The race started from the Garapan Fishing Base to the turning point at National Office Supply and back to the fishing base.
Marshall Hoskins was the first to cross the finish line, clocking 11:50:37. Kasuke Sato was second with a finish time of 12:01:31 while Ken Song completed the top three list with a time of 12:25:61.
In the women's division, Tiana Cabrera was the first to finish with a time of 15:11:57. She was well ahead of the competition as the next runner, Mira Valle, came in two minutes later at 17:44:86 while Anika Snyder took third place with a finish time of 17:59:25.
“Edward Dela Cruz is a long-time Latte Built member and friend,” Latte Built owner Derek Cutting said.
“Since [Edward] started Run Saipan he had asked me if the gym would like to start an annual run. We decided on the 4th of July since Latte Built is veteran-owned and we chose 2 miles since that is the distance of the Army Combat Fitness Test,” Cutting added.
He expressed appreciation to Dela Cruz, his assistants and Northern Marianas Athletics for their help.
“We didn't give too much heads up to the community this year, but we'll announce the details much sooner in advance next year,” Cutting added.
For his part, Dela Cruz thanked Derek Cutting and Latte Built “for taking ownership and sponsoring a great run for the 4th of July. Thank you also to the Marianas Visitors Authority for providing our race clock for all our run events. Thank you James Sablan and Marianas Variety as well as volunteer photographers John Ibajan and Lao Zhang. Thank you Dr. Ron Snyder and Saipan International School for providing the Start/Finish Archway for our runners. Most of all thank you to our volunteer staff and runners that came out today to celebrate our independence.”