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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
ALL 600 slots are already sold out in the third edition of the Kawasan Falls Marathon (KFM) this Sunday with gun start at 4 a.m. for the men’s and women’s 42K runners.
The 21K, on the other hand, will start at 4:30 a.m., while the 12K run will start at 4:45 a.m..
The starting line will be at the old Badian Chapel in Matutinao and the race will finish in Kawasan Falls.
The participants will be passing through the scenic municipalities of Badian, Alegria and Malabuyoc.
According to Run For Sight Foundation chairman Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III that several seasoned runners from the city are participating this year especially Kenyan runners Douglas Mwiti and Francis Kakui in the 42K.
The local women’s bet are Mereeis Ramirez, Christy Tutor and Amale Jopson. The elite runners doing the 21K are Isaac Simat, Bonifacio Monjas and Kenyan Abraham Missos while in the women’s will be Lovely Fe and Jhean Andrin together with Kisha Mae Delechos.
The 12K bets in the men’s category are James Mibe, Michel Largo and John Daryl Manos.
According to Jopson, this race will serve as her last long race before the 2014 Boston Marathon on April 21.
“This will be my last long run before Boston. I have to run 47K as part of my program- it has to be controlled since I only have five weeks left,” said Jopson.
She finally managed to qualify for Boston during the 2013 Seoul International.
Meanwhile, Larrazabal added that there will be an anticipated mass on Saturday at 6 p.m. at the old Badian Chapel in Matutinao.
They will also be adding more personnel to assure the safety of the particiapnts.
Although the LGUs have promised to deploy security personnel to man the race routes, Larrazabal said they will will not take any chances.
“We augmented our own personnel because we added a rope swing Kawasan plunge wherein the first 100 42K and 21K finishers that will answer the call will be given beach towels,” said Larrazabal.
Larrazabal also said that the three municipalities will be setting up booths to display their delicacies. There will also be coconut wine or tuba that will be provided by the locals.
“The participants can stay and enjoy Kawasan Falls after the race or visit the newly opened attraction in Malabuyoc which is the Mainit Spring,” said Larrazabal.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 20, 2014.