MANILA -- Buoyed by last year's success, the Quezon City Government hopes to attract more than 10,000 local and foreign runners when it hosts the second edition of the QC International Marathon this December.

Mayor Herbert Bautista has given his official support to his city's hosting of the event, which expects to double the more than 5,000 runners who took part in last year's inaugurals.

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Officials from the organizing Runnex (the Executive Runners Club of the Phils., Inc.) vowed to make the December event an even greater success than the first one.

Runnex has been organizing running clinics, marathons and similar events for close to three decades. The year-end QCIM will be the biggest event of its kind and is tipped to be at par with the world's biggest marathons.

This early, organizers said some individual runners and government and private companies have pledged to support the event, including multinational giant Procter and Gamble, which promised to field 200 of its executives and runners for the marathon.

More foreigners are likewise expected to join the event this year.(Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)