Biggest purse dangled

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013


A TOTAL of P649,000 in cash prizes will be given away in the 2014 Cebu City Marathon slated on Jan. 12 at the Cebu IT Park.

Organizers believe this is the largest prize money ever to be given away in Cebu running history.

Last year, the event shelled out P389,500 in total cash prizes to the 42K top
finishers with the winners receiving P60,000 each.

Cebu Executive Runners Club’s (CERC) John Pages divulged this yesterday during a committee meeting with CERC president Roy Trani, vice president Jesse Taborada, Runrio officials led by events manager Ally Lim, coach Rommel Ballester and coach Allan Ballester (both assistant race director), JP Aranda for logistics and Franco Bambico, in-charge of the hydration.

“We will be giving out P100,000 each to the men’s and women’s 42K champions, while local winners in the same category will receive P20,000 each,” said Pages.

This 2014 edition will have a men’s and women’s open category and a local category both in the 42K and 21K.

The men’s and women’s 21K winners will receive P30,000 each with the local winners getting P8,000 each.

Aside from this, the group also extended the registration deadline. It was supposed to end last last Dec. 9 but was extended until Dec. 16.

As of yesterday, a total of 2,200 runners already registered.

“We have about 1,039 runners already in the 42K and 1,181 runners in the 21K. We will be closing the registration with 3,000. We are allotting 1,500 runners per category.

We are limiting it whom the said number for the safety of the runners,” said Lim.

With this year’s edition getting an Association of International Marathons (Aims) accreditation, Lim said they expect a tough battle for the top plum in the open category as they are expecting several competitive runners cto come.

“There are already elite foreign runners who registered. Most of them come from the Southeast Asian region. We are expecting that there will be more coming in,” said Lim.

Lim added that the Aims accreditation helped in attracting the elite foreign runners.

“These elite foreign runners joining the CCM will use the Aims certificate to qualify for major international races. There are international races that require a qualifying time for these runners to be able to join,” said Lim.

With the registration extended, the late registrants will be paying P1,800 for the 21K and P2,200 for the 42K. This is inclusive of a singlet, a finisher’s medal, a finisher’s shirt, Runrio’s water sports bottle, Runrio towel and freebies from Safeguard, Gatorade and Milo.

However, Lim said all of these except the singlet will be given if the runners will be able to reach the cut-off time in each category. The cut-off time for 21K is four hours, while the 42K will be seven hours.

Lim also said that runners will really experience a very festive mood given the fact that it will be a week before the Sinulog celebration.

“There will be drum beaters along the route, participants can get a taste of the Cebu lechon which will be along the route and will be cheered by well-wishers as well,” said Lim.

What is also new this year is a cooling sponge along the route and a shower by safeguard in the race village or activity area for the runners.

“This is if the runners want to drench themselves after the run,” said Lim.

Registration can be done online at www.cebumarathon.com or one can also register at the Ayala Active Zone.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 11, 2013.

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