‘Truly international’ race-A A +A
Saturday, September 7, 2013
THE 2014 edition of the Cebu Marathon finally gets a certification from the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (Aims) and the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) set on Jan. 12 at the Cebu IT Park.
“We have always asked ourselves, ‘How do we take the Cebu Marathon to the next level? How do we make it truly international?’ This is the answer,” said Cebu Executive Runners Club (CERC) official and organizer John Pages.
It is only the third race in the country to have gotten certified by the two world governing bodies.
The other one is the National Milo Marathon and the Milo Marathon Qualifying Race in Manila.
This was announced yesterday by Pages and Runrio coach Rio De La Cruz together with Aims vice president Dave Cundy during a press conference at the Mooon I.T. Park.
According to its website, Aims accredited more than 350 of the world’s leading distance races from over 98 countries.
One of their main thrusts is to promote and foster distance running throughout the world.
It took Cundy three days to measure the Cebu Marathon race route.
Cundy said that one of the advantages of being certified with Aims and the IAAF is that Cebu Marathon can be included in the international calendar thus increasing the possibility of getting more international participants. This, according to him, will help boost sports tourism of Cebu.
The certificates can be used as qualifying time for the Boston Marathon.
He also said that the race can also serve as a qualifier for those local participants, who want to represent the country in prestigious competitions such as the Southeast Asian Games.
Pages, on the other hand, said they are going to make a slight change with this year's race route. The biggest difference this year is the scrapping of the 5K run so they could focus on the 21K and 42K run.
“We want to position Cebu Marathon as a premiere race, which everyone will be preparing for,” said Dela Cruz.
Dela Cruz added that this is the first full marathon in the country that they will be implementing zero-waste policy during the race.
“This is the first zero waste marathon ever being organized in the country. We have to respect the nature and encourage our runners to bring their own hydration pack in support for this cause,” said Dela Cruz.
Dela Cruz also said that they will be providing water dispensers on all water stations in the race route.
Most of the bulk of the runners come from the 5K distance run but Dela Cruz is confident that they can still reach the target number of participants this year even though they took out the 5K run. The race registration will start at the end of the month.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 08, 2013.