Lapu-Lapu hosts 1st full mary in Red Cross run-A A +A
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
A RUN for a humanitarian cause dubbed the 1st Red Cross 143: Lapu-Lapu Marathon For Humanity is set to kick off on Nov. 10 at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City.
This event is spearheaded by the Philippine Red Cross Lapu-Lapu and Cordova Chapter to raise funds to support the 24/7 ambulance operations that will service 43 barangays around Lapu-Lapu and Cordova.
They also hope to cover the cost of disaster-preparedness programs, conduct capacity-building programs for their volunteers and to sustain the growing needs of their chapter.
Philippine Red Cross (PRC) chapter admin Vic Jay C. Gonzal said they are optimistic about reaching their number of participants as they will be inviting all the different chapter members in the country especially those from Lapu-Lapu, Cebu, Dumaguete and Bohol.
It will also be the first time for Lapu-Lapu to host a full marathon, which will start at midnight. Aside from this, the race will also be featuring a men’s and women's 21K, 6K, 3K and 500m.
“This is the first time that a full marathon will be held in Lapu-Lapu. This will also be held as part of the fiesta celebration of the Birhen sa Regla,” said director Tedulo N. Ybañez, the event committee chairman, during a press conference yesterday at the Be Resorts.
According to Mayor Paz Radaza, that in all of their activities in Lapu-Lapu, Red Cross has always been there supporting all their events. She added that it’s about time they returned the favor.
“We are urging the Oponganons to be one in this Marathon for Humanity... This is a good gesture to help those in need,” said Radaza.
With the race to start in the evening, Lapu-Lapu City police chief Rey Lyndon Lawas said they will be having a coordinating conference to ensure the safety not only of the runners but the spectators as well.
Lawas added that they will be coming up with a general security plan and hope they will get the cooperation of the volunteers, the general public, as well as the participants to make this a successful event.
Meanwhile, Lapu-Lapu Traffic Management System chief Frank Brazil said they will not be encountering any traffic problems in the 42K and 21K as this will start at midnight.
“Our concern will be in the 6K, 3K and 500-meter run, where the bulk of the runners will be coming from, because it will start at 4 a.m. Considering this is a Sunday morning, we expect churchgoers and market-goers in some parts of the race route, so we will make sure that there will be no problems in those areas,” said Brazil.
Brazil added that they will not be closing the whole street but will be using one lane for the race.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 18, 2013.