WELCOME TO THE INAUGURAL "AMAZING PORT MORESBY INTERNATIONAL MARATHON"
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
We are calling it Inaugural to signal the fact that it’s not a one-off event. We have not had a fully-fledged marathon in Port Moresby, or anywhere in Papua New Guinea (PNG) since 1998, and we are committed to ensuring that this time around, it will be conducted annually.
We are calling it Port Moresby because that is the venue for our event: the capital of PNG. But please feel free to call it by its airport code: POM. That’s what we locals call it. Tell any Papua New Guinean you are doing a marathon in POM, and they will know what you are talking about.
We know our place does not have the best of reputations. But we want you to come and see what it’s really like. We will make sure you are safe and secure at all times. It is an Amazing place. PNG is the most linguistically and ethnically diverse country in the world. We have more living languages (850 at last count) and living cultures than anywhere else on Earth. Most of them are extant in Port Moresby. We have heaps of international languages and cultures too. Truly Amazing. You will also be amazed by the hospitality and the beaming friendliness of the people.
We are calling it International to highlight the special invitation we are issuing to all people outside PNG to come to our little paradise. If you are an International participant you will be treated like royalty.
We are calling it a Marathon because that is exactly what it’s going to be: 42.195 kilometres or 26 miles 385 yards.
Not up to the Full Marathon, don’t worry, we will be having a 10km and Half Marathon which you can run.