THE registration for the third edition of the Kawasan Falls Marathon (KFM) officially opens today.
The KFM is slated on March 23, which will start at the old Badian Chapel in Matutinao, Badian, passing through the towns of Alegria and Malabuyoc, then back to Badian.
It features a men’s and women’s 12K, 21K and 42K runs, at only 250 runners per category or a total number of 750 runners expected to join.
This was disclosed yesterday by Run For Sight Foundation chairman Dr. Potenciano “Yong” Larrazabal III during a press conference together with his wife, Donna Cruz-Larrazabal, his brother Dr. Philip Larrazabal, technical director Joel Juarez, Badian representatives Carlyle Villarin, Adelbert Bruce and Vicente Jojie Nellas, Alegria’s Alexander Listones Jr. and Malabuyoc’s Police Chief Philip John D. Libres.
“We assure our runners that the route will be 80 percent scenic, and it’s a totally different experience from the city runs. The participants will be given a chance to enjoy a different part of Cebu,” said Larrazabal.
Libres, on the other hand, said that this year Malabuyoc will be launching their Mainit spring, which will be an added attraction to their hometown aside from their historic church where the 42K run turning point will be.
Aside from that, Larrazabal also said that another thing to look forward this year is the new boardwalk in Alegria as well as the newly rehabilitated Kawasan Falls.
With this year’s new category, which is a 12K distance run, the representatives from the three municipalities hosting this race are optimistic that there will be a lot of locals from the southern part of Cebu that will be joining this year’s race.
“I believe that with the addition of the 12K, there will be a lot of runners from our town that will be joining the race. Not only from our towns, but as well as from other neighboring municipalities,” said Villarin.
This year’s edition will be giving out cash prizes for the top three winners in the 42K and 21K, and all of the finishers in the three categories will also be receiving a finisher’s medal.
The race in Kawasan was patterned after the Niagara Falls Marathon, which Larrazabal joined in 2010.
“A few months after joining the Niagara Falls Marathon, I went on a vacation with my family in Badian and visited Kawasan, and that’s when the idea came in of organizing the run. It’s because I always want to have a different kind of run and envision this as a run that people will look forward to,” said Larrazabal.
The registration for early birds will officially start today and will end on Feb. 15 with registration fee pegged at P500 for 12K, P700 for 21K and P900 for 42K.
After Feb. 15, regular fees will be at P700 for the 12K, P900 for the 21K and P1,100 for the 42K. The registration will be at the Center for Sight and Cebu Doctor’s University Hospital and interested participants can also register at the www.runforsight.net.