The Dumaguete Adventure Marathon will be held November 10, and organizers promise a different adventure to sport runners, who are tired of running in city roads.
The 42-kilometer marathon will take runners to the scenic mountainous terrain surrounding Dumaguete, Aparicio Mequi, former chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission, and now director of the Institute of Youth Sports for Peace at Foundation University, said Saturday.
The run will start 4:30 a.m. at the Dumaguete Business Park in Barangay Calindagan, and is being held to celebrate the National Year of Rice.
Runners from the Dumaguete Amateur Runners and Striders and the Metro Dumaguete Running Club have been practicing climbing the most difficult part of the 42-km course, the Philippine-Japanese-American Amity Shrine in Sagbang, Valencia, that was erected in 1977 to honor the soldiers who died during the Second World War.
“The thrill of running off the beaten path has attracted runners from as far as Manila, Bacolod, Cebu and some parts of Mindanao, who joined the previous four DAMS,” Mequi said.
The DAM has been setting the trend for the holding of races in this part of the country. In 2009, it introduced running in the mountain trails to enable runners to see the scenic sights and the greenery of Negros Oriental, and it has become a major tourist attraction of the province.
Mequi said another unique feature in this year's race is the participation of bikers in a "fun ride", running along the 42-k race route.
Registration is going on at the IYSPEACE office of the Foundation University north campus, and those interested may contact (035) 422-9167 local 101, 113 or 165, or online at the Dumaguetemarathon.com website.*JFP
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