It’s the most wonderful time of the year in the Northern Marianas as the Saipan Sportsfest kicks off a week of racing and frivolity in the middle of the western Pacific Ocean this Saturday at the 27th annual Tagaman road triathlon.
Renata Bucher has once again returned to the island that she fell in love with a decade ago.
“It’s my home away from home in the middle of the sea,” she said.
Bucher will be the frontrunner for the women’s race, but up against familiar foes (really friends) with the likes of XTERRA Japan Champion Mieko Carey and Aussie Belinda Hadden. Kaon Cho from Korea highlights the men’s field for the Tagaman tri.
After the race participants have a whole week full of fun events on tap – from miniature golf to beach bbq’s to hash runs and more. Then, on March 12, the “Crown Jewel” of XTERRA – the Saipan Championship race – will celebrate its 15th year.
To invite others to join in the fun the Marianas Visitors Authority, which is celebrating its 40th year, has launched an Instagram contest under the hashtag #MVA40. The contest will award a gift certificate or other prizes valued at $25 for the most “liked” photo on Instagram fitting the Tagaman or XTERRA Saipan theme for the month of March.
“We always say ‘tourism is everybody’s business,’ so this year’s celebration of MVA’s 40th anniversary is an opportunity for our community to win some great prizes demonstrating how they’re engaged in the industry,” said MVA Managing Director Perry Tenorio. “We look forward to the public’s participation in the contest.”