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Featured Event///KONQER

A FEAT OF FUN, FITNESS AND TEAMWORK KONQER adds Saipan to its circuit of destination obstacle course races

BY JOY WHITE | PHOTOS BY KAMBES KESOLEI

No obstacle was insurmountable for participants of KONQER Palau held on June 10 and 11. The event will make its way to the Northern Mariana Islands for the first time this September.

There is no greater thrill than climbing, crawling, swinging or jumping one’s way to victory. KONQER Sports is bringing its signature obstacle course challenge to the Northern Mariana Islands for the first time on Sept. 9 and back to Guam on Oct. 15. The course features 15 manmade obstacles, utilizing the unique landscape of each course’s setting, to be completed individually or as part of a team of up to 40 participants. The event features various divisions, including a timed division for athletes who want to compete to finish the course in the shortest time and a completion division, in which participants can complete the course at their own pace. “[…] It’s like being a kid again, with jungle gyms and stuff,” says Mike Mafnas, a Guam resident who completed KONQER Palau on June 10 — 11 with his girlfriend, Cheryl Guyton. He highly recommends it to anyone interested in participating. KONQER Palau was his first course, and he is excited to compete in KONQER Saipan with a team of 10, of whom six are participating in the event for the first time. “[KONQER Palau] was very challenging. The course was really fun and exciting. To finish was the ultimate goal. It was great to ring that cowbell at the end and know you accomplished

something,” Mafnas says. In addition to the rewards of a physical challenge, Mafnas was also able to take in the Peleliu and Korror landscape, including its caves and historical sites. “[My] ultimate favorite [part of the course] would be the natural course in Peleliu because it took us around the World War II Marines invasion [sites]. There was a lot of history we were able to learn about during this race,” he says. Mafnas looks forward to working with his team to conquer the obstacle course, as members are allowed to help each other. “It’s all about bringing your team together and building a bond with each other,” he says. Registration for KONQER Saipan and Guam is available online at konqersports.com. If you go . . . 2017 KONQER Circuit Sept. 9 KONQER Saipan Gov. Eloy S. Inos Peace Park, Puerto Rico Oct. 15 KONQER Guam Gov. Joseph Flores (Ypao) Park, Tumon Early bird pricing for the first 200 participants: $75 for participants 18 years old and above; $40 for students ages 15 to 17 years old; $750 and above for business teams; and free for children under the age of 14 years old Regular pricing: $125 for participants 18 years old and above; $40 for students ages 15 to 17 years old; $1,250 for business teams; and free for children under the age of 14 years old. For more information and to register, visit konqersports.com.

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