Takbo : The Biggest Marathon in Southeast Asia

Dubbed as the "Biggest Marathon in Southeast Asia", I registered for the CamSur Marathon 2010, last Tuesday at Timex Glorietta. I'm glad I got the race packet right away after paying the registration fee for the 5k event. Race pack includes the singlet, race bib and the disposable D-TAG timing device.

the singlet

race bib and D-TAG

The marathon will be held on September 26, 2010 at Camarines Sur in Bicol Region. This will be my first time to visit Camarines Sur as I will be joining my MBA friends exploring the province. Our plan is to go to the Caramoan Islands on September 24-25 and then join the marathon on the 26th. Hopefully we could try wakeboarding at CamSur Water Sports Complex (CWC) or visit Legaspi Albay after the race.

Below is an article on this event by "Kulit on the Run":

Source: Kulit on the Run

With the much sought after CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) and its world-class wakeboarding facilities as its centerpiece, it’s not at all surprising why the province of Camarines Sur or simply CamSur was voted as the number one tourist destination in the country in 2009.

Venue for some of the most prestigious international competitions such as the Ironman 70.3, World Wakeboard Championships, Asian Wakeboard Championships, and the International Dragon Boat Festival, CamSur’s equally famous Caramoan Islands have also become home to several franchises (France, Bulgaria, Serbia, Israel, Turkey and Sweden) of the long-running show, Survivor.

This September, CamSur is once again the site of another world-class sporting event – the first-ever CamSur Marathon 2010 “Race to Rebuild the Nation”. “As part of our continued efforts to pursue nation-building, the CamSur Marathon 2010 aims to be the premiere running event in the country to gather 20,000 participants,” declares Governor Villafuerte. “The Camsur Marathon will feature elite runners from all over the world amidst the setting of mountains and greeneries.” Designed to be included among the ranks of the New York, Vienna and Boston marathons, the local government of Governor LRay Villafuerte is vying for the international accreditation of CamSur Marathon 2010.

With 3K, 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K runs, the marathon is intended to mainly benefit Gawad Kalinga, a nation-building organization founded by Tony Meloto that builds houses for poor communities and aims to empower poverty-stricken Filipinos through dignity restoration and values transformation. This marathon is also for the benefit of the Organ Donor Card awareness drive. Headed by Director Enrique Ona of the National Kidney Transplant Institution (NKTI), the Organ Donor Card has amassed numerous supporters including Aga and Charlene Muhlach, Dawn Zulueta, Mikee Conjuangco, Martin Nievera, Derek Ramsey, Angelica Panganiban, Karylle, Iza Calzado, Carla Abellana, Gerald Anderson and many more. Another beneficiary is the K.I.D.S Foundation as supported by Diether Ocampo which aims to uplift the standards of living of the youth. Villafuerte says, “The vision of these organizations serve as inspiration for the Camsur Marathon.”

Race Director Coach Rio dela Cruz shares, “After close to a year of preparation, our dream of organizing a bona- fide international marathon here in the Philippines has finally materialized. This historic running event aims to attract local and foreign athletic delegates, running celebrities, and runners of all fitness levels. The Camsur Marathon is sure to be race worthy and of international stature.”

One of the highlights of the CamSur Marathon 2010 is the Gawad Kalinga “Bayanihan Run” category. Here, participating groups will race as a team of 15 and commit to pledge to raise funds to build GK communities for the poorest of the poor, with at least minimum of one house to building an entire Legacy Village for a period of three months from June 24 to September 24.

The CamSur Marathon 2010 is also presented by the Department of Tourism with Summit Water and Smart Communications as major sponsors. Other sponsors are Timex, 100 Plus, Nature Valley and the Philippine Star.

The dynamic young governor promises a wonderful time at CamSur for all local and international participants of the CamSur Marathon 2010. “Our world-class sports amenities and accommodations will entice you to stay a little longer,” Governor Villafuerte confidently assures. “Our secret hideaways await your discovery and we are certain that you will want to explore the nooks and crannies of fascinating Camsur.”

Join and express your desire to rebuild the nation with Camsur. Visit www.camsurmarathon.com for more details.


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zzanyy said...

cool! good luck on your marathon in advance :)

NoBenta said...

una, ang ganda ng mga layout ng pics mo sa itaas. ang saya-sayang tingnan! second, nag-join na ako sa iyong fan page. lastly, buti ka pa! gusto ko sumali sa mga ganyang historic events!

Mervin said...

@NoBenta - thanks po... it's a collection of some of my trips, climbs, runs and adventures... thanks sa pag like ng page ko... join lang po ng join pag nag bakasyon ka d2 sa pinas... thanks po ulit...

@zzanyy - thanks a lot...

Anonymous said...

Lots of good information in your posting, I would like to tweet your blog post so I can visit again in the near future.

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Zumi Embiado said...

Hello po sir, Nagustuhan ko po yung blog mo with regards to camsur. Noon ko pa plan mgpunta jan eh wala lang budget haha! at time na rin. Hopefully next year. Lagi ata jan my mga activities po eh noh? Thank you for sharing this with us.

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