Tacloban runners spread message of hope

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Saturday, January 11, 2014


A CELEBRATION of life and faith was witnessed in yesterday’s carbo-loading party for the 2014 Cebu Marathon set this Sunday at the Cebu IT Park.

Over 3,000 runners will be joining this year’s run, which will feature the men’s and women’s 21K and 42K distances. The race is already accredited by the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) and the International Association of Athletics Federations accreditation.

According to Cebu Executive Runners Club (CERC) member John Pages, this race attracted the biggest number of out of town runners, with over 20 nationalities.

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“There more than 100 runners from Manila, 72 from Tacloban, over 50 runners from Cagayan de Oro City, among others,” said Pages.

Linno Carlo Galindo, one of the 72 runners from Tacloban, the city badly hit by super typhoon Yolanda, had lost his father after the storm.

He will dedicate his run to his father Catalino and his relatives and friends who perished because of the typhoon.

“My father died a month after the typhoon Yolanda due to complications from diabetes.

We wanted to transfer him here in Cebu or Manila to be given proper medical care. He insisted to stay and help our relatives, who survived the typhoon. I admire my father’s strength, despite his condition he still wanted to help. That’s why I dedicate this run to him and to show my fellow Taclobanons that we can rise above all these,” said Galindo.

According to Lester Tabada, also from the running group from Tacloban, this could not be possible without the help of the running groups in Cebu spearheaded by Boston Marathon qualifier Amale Jopson and Pages.

Jopson said that with the help of Runrio Inc., CERC and Brix Multisport, they were able to raise P70,000 to shoulder the expenses of the runners from Tacloban. Aside from that, they were able to get donations from A Runners Club (ARC)- Los Angeles of more than 40 pairs of running shoes and singlets from Niño Abarquez apparel.

If Tacloban is celebrating the gift of life, runners from Cagayan de Oro from Team Happy Finish Run Bibo and RMR are joining this race, aside from the experience, but also honor of Sr. Santo Nino.

“Most runners from our group are joining the 42K for the first time. We are joining in honor of Sr. Santo Niño. We are excited to join because we know that the CCM run is a very festive event.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 11, 2014.

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