Globe Arakan XC2 set Oct. 13-A A +A
Friday, September 6, 2013
IT'S all systems go for the Globe Arakan XC2, a 66-kilometer out-and-back loop from the Philippine Eagle Center to Barangay Salaysay, that will unreel on Oct. 13.
Fernando Esguerra, Globe Telecom Inc. officer-in-charge on corporate social responsibility, said they are eyeing 250 riders this year.
"We really are hoping to exceed last year's turnout of 88 so we can give more to our primary beneficiary, the Philippine Eagle Foundation. All registration fees will go straight to the foundation," Esguerra said during a press conference at Zab's Buffet.
A total of P600,000 was donated to the PEF in the inaugural staging of the fun ride for a cause.
This year's biking activity will support the foundation's Forest Corridor Development Initiatives (FCDI) that aims to provide educational and livelihood support to the communities that ensure the sustainability of the FCDI and to provide paralegal and raptor management training.
Organizer Lead Pack Event Management president Jason Yap said, "This is a more challenging route since it is longer than the 55 kilometers in the first edition."
From the Philippine Eagle Center, riders will pass through Calinan District Hall about 4.6 kilometer from the starting line. They will then head towards Arakan Valley via the rolling, well-paved Davao-Bukidnon Road. As they reach Barangay Lumandao, which is 27 kilometers from the kick-off, they will turn left to Barangay Salaysay for the three-kilometer trail ride. They will return to the origin after reaching the turn-around sign using the same route.
Yap also said that Davao City-based cyclists and other parts of Mindanao are expected to join the upcoming event.
Manila, Surigao and Cagayan de Oro City riders who participated last year may again see action in October.
"We urge enthusiasts to join this Globe Arakan XC2 for its personal and social benefits," Esguerra added.
The P1,200 donation is inclusive of contribution to the Forest Corridor Development program, biker's kit of event jersey, race bib, race bike number, food and drinks. Globe subscribers who will register with their Globe numbers will get a special rate of P1,000.
Registration opens today until Oct. 6. To sign up, register online: http://globe.i-volunteer.ph/register or visit the Sports Depot at Victoria Plaza Mall Davao for registration forms. No payments will be accepted at the shop.
All donations should be deposited to PEF's bank account - Philippine Eagle Conservation Program Foundation Inc. BPI Quirino Davao City Branch Account No. 9441-0113-31.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 07, 2013.