Run, Silay, Run-A A +A
As I See It
Saturday, October 19, 2013
THIS is another international run for the ‘seat of arts, culture, and ecotourism in Western Visayas,’ the City of Silay. We would like to call it ‘The 42K and 34K 4th Patag Eco Adventure Mountain Trail Challenge.’ Kenyan and Singaporean runners have already registered. The two events will be joined in by male and female runners (200 runners for the 42K run and another 200 runners for the 34K run). The date for this race is November 10.
For the first time, women will be running for the 42K. The action packed 42K route starts from Balay Negrense Museum passing Silay City Hall (in front of Molino de sangre replica) thus spearing to Silay-Talisay boundary hitting the ‘maquena de vapor horno economico’ chimney, bouncing to Hda. Bagroy, radiating to Bangga AIDSISA for a left turn direct to Patag passing Barangay E. Lopez and Barangay Kapitan Ramon.
The 34K runners will also start from Balay Negrense Museum projecting to Bangga AIDSISA and ending up in historic Patag, the last stand of the Japanese Imperial Army during the Second World War. The run route is a mixture of fantasy, ecstasy and agony. The first 20K is a flat highway along ancestral houses and commercial establishments. The next 22K is a non-stop ascent having a gradual pushing up in a negotiable 10K low elevation turnpike; and in the last 12K, the runners will haggle high ascent -- high elevation throughway.
The last 22K will be nail-biting for runners because the passage is a mixture of paved and stony dirt roads. The course passes through sugarcane fields up to the finish line. The mountain you see from afar while at the starting line is the very place where you will end.
Dr. Bob Ledesma (cp # 09081896964), race organizer, said that the top prizes for the 42K-male are 1st place, P15,000; 2nd place, P10,000; and 3rd place, P5,000. The 42K female which is starting this year only has the following prizes: 1st place, P10,000; 2nd place, P5,000; and 3rd place, P3,000. The fourth up to tenth place will also receive rewards.
For the 34K male winners, the awards are 1st place, P5,000; 2nd place, P3,000; 3rd place, P2,000. Female winners in this category will receive the following: 1st place, P3,000; 2nd place, P2,000; and 3rd place, P1,000. Fourth and fifth placers will also receive prizes. All finishers of 42K will get a singlet, 3-inch finisher’s medal and a dri-fit t-shirt. The survivors of the 34K will have 2-inch medal and a singlet. All race participants will be give packed lunch.
There are registration outlets at Robinson’s Place -- Run Club, Planets Sports and Athlete’s Foot. At the North District (Ayala-Talisay), outlets could be found at New Balance and ROX. Other than Dr. Bob Ledesma (race organizer), details of the run could be obtained also from Rogelio Zaragoza Jr. (cp # 09052923786), race director. All these are being facilitated by the Silay City Government under Mayor Oti Montelibano.
This Patag Eco Adventure Mountain Trail Challenge has a tale to tell because last year, five best Kenyan runners joined the race. Two of them were not able to finish the competition -- one fainted five kilometers from the finish line, and the other one was administered with IV fluids. One of the Kenyan was the champion. Jason Agravante of Silay was the first runner-up. In the women 34K run, Jennelyn Nobleza of Silay was the champion.
Patag is challenging because natural obstacles may hinder the spirit of a runner… blinding fog, gusty wind, scorching heat of the sun, or the biting bullet rain. No runner is sure to hook the first place. Even best runners stumble. To conquer Patag, one must have the wit of Juan Araneta and the courage of Aniceto Lacson. After all, ‘Run, Silay, Run’ is a tribute to the heroes of Cinco de Noviembre 1898. Run for Silay and be a hero in your own physical fitness revolution. Do I hear a ‘yes answer?’ Register now!
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on October 19, 2013.