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Sunday, January 14, 2018

WHEN you wake up this morning, over 5,000 runners will be braving the Cebu streets running the 11th edition of the Cebu Marathon.

Nearly 1,900 will run the 42.195 km. distance while over 2,200 will do the half-marathon 21K. If you’re a participant, kudos for all the training and discipline that you’ve endured to prepare for today. If you’re a motorist or fellow Cebuano, please give way to the brave runners and be patient as they cross the intersections and run towards the finish at the Cebu Business Park. This happens only once a year and the safety of each runner is most important.

Why run a marathon? That’s a personal question that will elicit a different response from each participant. But the main reasons continue to be the same anywhere around the world:

To achieve a once-impossible goal. To become fitter. To join one’s family or friends. To eradicate a vice and replace it with a new type of addiction. To lose 27 lbs. To keep on improving, from 5K to 10K to a farther distance. And for many, as a “halad” this Sinulog to the Señor Sto. Niño.

Whatever the reason to endure such suffering and run such (to many) crazy distance, we commend all the runners in the Cebu Marathon. Congratulations.

BATA REYES AND RUBILEN AMIT. Casino Español club president Paco Jarque and sports director Eduard Loop have concocted an exciting spectacle that’s coming soon.

It’s Efren “Bata” Reyes versus Rubilen Amit. It’s the “Magician” against the first Filipina world champion in an exhibition event happening at the Salon de España of Casino Español on Jan. 25. Tickets are available at Casino Español’s office; P700 for members and P800 for non-members.

The fee (the event starts at 7 p.m.) already includes Casino’s famed dinner buffet. Good one, Paco and Eduard!

AUSTRALIAN OPEN. If you’re a tennis fan, the first Grand Slam of the year begins tomorrow in Melbourne. And the good news for cable TV subsribers: the Jan. 15 to 28 event will be telecast live (unlike the Masters 1000 or WTA tournaments which are no longer being shown).

At the Australian Open, I hope Sascha Zverev or Dominic Thiem or local boy Nick Kyrgios will emerge victorious. For such a long, long time, tennis has been dominated by only a handful of gentlemen. The “Big Four” of Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have won 46 of the last 51 men’s major singles trophies (from the 2005 French Open through last year’s US Open).

NAGA. Speaking of tennis, one of the main cities hosting the best players is the City of Naga. Thanks to former Mayor Val Chiong, a Class A netter who has superb doubles skills, tennis has thrived in Naga. Last month, they hosted the country’s best players. And beyond the sport of Johnny Arcilla and Jeson Patrombon, they’ve built a track oval, an Olympic size swimming pool and much more athletic facilities. Well done, Naga City.

Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on January 14, 2018.

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