ONE hundred fifty women will run 50 kilometers in Cebu on March 9-10 with a goal of finishing the distance in 10 hours or less.
They will pound the major streets of the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu in a night race called the All-Women Ultra Marathon (Awum).
The holding of the Awum is timed in March, International Women’s Month.
The Awum, now on its second year, starts at 10 p.m. of March 9, Saturday, at the Plaza Independencia in Cebu City, and ends at Cebu White Sands Resort and Spa in Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City.
Cutoff time is 10 hours or at 8 a.m. Breakfast prepared by the Lapu-Lapu City Government awaits the runners at White Sands.
The route covers mainly flat roads but includes the lower hills of Busay, the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge and the Cansaga Bridge.
Twenty-four running groups have volunteered to set up hydration stations, spaced two kilometers apart. Awum runners are disallowed from getting pacers and personal mobile support.
Forty-nine male runners will act as marshals and secure the Awum participants from start to finish.
Race briefing and distribution of race kits will be tomorrow, Friday, at 7 p.m. at the Active Zone of Ayala Center Cebu.
Awum is organized by Think Tank, a non-profit group of Cebu-based ultra marathoners and the same group that organizes the 100-kilometer series. Joel Juarez is race director and he will be assisted by the Lapu-Lapu Amateur Radio Society and Emergency Network (Larsen). (PR)