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Countdown on for Amazing Port Moresby marathon

The countdown is on for the Amazing Port Moresby International Marathon, PNG’s first marathon in 25 years, which starts at 4.00 am this Sunday at Apec Haus.

The race is conducted over four laps.

Each lap heads along the Paga Hill Ring Road and on to Champion Parade to the Hubert Murray Stadium, and back again.

It proceeds along Ela Beach Road to the Lawes Road Roundabout and back to Apec Haus.

The runners will do a circuit around Apec Haus, and that completes one lap. Each lap is approximately 10.55 km.

Some of the international runners, which form the bulk of the field arrived on Wednesday.

There are 37 internationals in total who have entered and confirmed their intention to be on the start line.

Nine local runners have also entered, most of them members of Port Moresby Road Runners.

Many of the internationals are members of the world-famous Marathon Globetrotters Group. Their motto is “We run the World!”.

They strive to run a marathon in as many countries in the world as possible.

None of them have ever run a marathon in PNG, so they are extremely keen to come and take it all in.

There are two other events on the card: the half-marathon (21.1 km, two laps of the marathon course) starting at 6.00 am, and the quarter-marathon (10.55 km, one lap only) starting at 7.00 am.

The confirmed marathon field is:Alexander Scherz (Switzerland), Alicja Grace (USA), Amanda Barlow (Australia), Arkadiusz Babij (Poland), Brent Weigner (USA), Chait Suwannarat (Thailand), Cheri Pompeo (USA), David Cannings (PNG), Deborah Lazerson (USA), Dieter Max Elster (Germany), Donald Bierer (Germany), Eddie Joe (PNG), Edson Sanches (USA), Elizabeth Gmerek (USA), Emmanuel Gaudi (PNG), Ernst Michael Fink (Austria), Frances Libasci (USA), Giuseppe Raguso (Germany), Henry Horou (PNG), Howard Choi (USA), Ishan Neyasdeen (PNG/Sri Lanka), James Gurumi (PNG), Jane Sturzaker (Australia), Jay Johnson (USA), Jodi Johnson (USA), John Ulelu (PNG), Karen Michelsen (Canada), Kevin Brosi (USA), Klaus Egedesoe (Denmark), Klaus Westphal (Germany), Muantawan Arsraias (USA), Parvaneh Moayedi (USA), Paul Bedggood (PNG/New Zealand), Paul Crouch-Chivers (Australia), Phillippe Waroux (France), Ryszard Ellert (Poland), Steven Fuller (USA), Swans Pinampio (PNG), Szymon Babinski (Poland), Thomas Brand (USA), Thomas Craven (USA), Thomas Godlewsky (Germany), Wes Phillips (Australia), Wojciech Machnik (Poland), Yasunori Arikawa (Japan) and Yvonne Dubois (USA/Hong Kong).