WITH a lady councilor now at the helm, the 9th Flight of the Eagles, a mountain bike fun ride for the preservation of Davao's Watersheds, is all set to take flight on August 15 from People's Park to Malagos Park in Calinan.

Newly-elected Davao City Councilor Marissa Salvador Abella, chair of City Council committee on environment and natural resources, yesterday said she had taken on the program of former city councilor Leonardo Avila III as she is also a staunch advocate of environment preservation.

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"The past eight years with Councilor Avila, the Flight of the Eagles raised funds for the Talomo-Lipadas Watershed and raised awareness on the more environment friendly and health -- conscious mode of transportation -- mountain biking. I'm continuing his cause because I'm an advocate for the protection of the environment," Abellas said in Thursday's Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at the Tower Inn.

Abellas said the 40-kilometer fun ride will commence with a program, lunch and fellowship at the Davao City Water District Amphitheater, Malagos, Baguio District.

Dubbed "Biking for the Watersheds of Davao", the event will feature a fun race in the last four kilometers before reaching Malagos Park.

Categories are junior below 17 years old, masters 40 and above and fat boys rider (100 kgs. above and fat look). Cash prizes await winners. Awards will also be given to the oldest, youngest and heaviest rider, heaviest bike and lightest bike. (MLSA)