I attended the recently held CamSur Marathon press con but didn’t get to stay long.
A video presentation was shown highlighting CamSur‘s achievements as a province over the years. CamSur Governor LRay Villafuerte gave the opening remarks.
It was well attended not only by celebrities, athletes, media people, guests but also bloggers as well. Emcees of the said event were Marc Nelson and Tricia Chiongbian.
With the much sought after CamSur Watersports Complex and its world-class wakeboarding facilities as its centerpiece, it’s not at all surprising why the province of Camarines Sur or simply CamSur was voted as the number one tourist destination in the country in 2009.
Venue for some of the most prestigious international competitions such as the Ironman 70.3, World Wakeboard Championships, Asian Wakeboard Championships, and the International Dragon Boat Festival, CamSur’s equally famous Caramoan Islands have also become home to several franchises (France, Bulgaria, Serbia, Israel, Turkey and Sweden) of the long-running show, Survivor.
This September, CamSur is once again the site of another world-class sporting event, the first-ever CamSur Marathon 2010 dubbed as a Race to Rebuild the Nation.
“As part of our continued efforts to pursue nation-building, the CamSur Marathon 2010 aims to be the premiere running event in the country to gather 20,000 participants,” declares Governor Villafuerte.
The Camsur Marathon will feature elite runners from all over the world amidst the setting of mountains and greeneries.
Designed to be included among the ranks of the New York, Vienna and Boston marathons, the local government is vying for the international accreditation of CamSur Marathon 2010.
With 3K, 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K [categories], the marathon is intended to mainly benefit Gawad Kalinga (GK), a nation-building organization that aims to empower poverty-stricken Filipinos through dignity restoration and values transformation.
One of the highlights of the CamSur Marathon 2010 is the Gawad Kalinga Bayanihan Run category. Here, participating groups will race as a team of 15 and commit to pledge to raise funds to build GK communities for the poorest of the poor, with at least minimum of one house to building an entire Legacy Village for a period of three months from June 24 to September 24.
Celebrities Join the CamSur Marathon
CamSur Marathon, the biggest marathon in Southeast Asia, will be attended by some of the biggest and brightest stars in the country today.
Race Director Coach Rio dela Cruz shares, “After close to a year of preparation, our dream of organizing a bona fide international marathon here in the Philippines has finally materialized. This historic running event aims to attract local and foreign athletic delegates, running celebrities, and runners of all fitness levels. The Camsur Marathon is sure to be race worthy and of international stature.”
Absolute hunk and health buff actor Derek Ramsey, host Drew Arellano, couples like Troy Montero and Aubrey Miles, actress Iza Calzado, and more stars will be racing to the finish line.
Some of the World’s Best Runners are Joining
2007 28:12.5 Nairobi
2009 1:02.55 Altötting, Germany
2010 2:11.23 Tiberias
2009 2:15.07 Mumbai
2008 2:14.18 Poznań, Poland
2010 1:12.10 Roma
2009 1:09.26 Boulogne
2010 1:23.46 Grand Rapids
2010 1:42.51 Roma
2010 2:25.28 Roma
2009 2:27.08 Roma
2008 2:37.34 Košice
2005 7:55.31 Hermosillo
2003 1:03.30 Monterey
2010 2:14.24 Mumbai
2008 2:16.24 Zhengzhou
2008 1:5.13 Hamburg
2009 2:13.40 Tokyo
2008 2:12.39 Hamburg
2006 2:15.13 Tempe, Arizona
2005 2:17.38 Nashville, Tennessee
Lahore 2007 winner, Loch Ness, and Delhi marathons. Also won twice in Belfast. Half marathon best is 1:11 winning Bath Half Marathon in UK 2009.
This marathon is also for the benefit of the Organ Donor Card awareness drive. Headed by Director Enrique Ona of the National Kidney Transplant Institution, the Organ Donor Card has amassed numerous supporters including Aga and Charlene Muhlach, Dawn Zulueta, Mikee Conjuangco, Martin Nievera, Derek Ramsey, Angelica Panganiban, Karylle, Iza Calzado, Carla Abellana, Gerald Anderson and many more.
Another beneficiary is the K.I.D.S Foundation as supported by Diether Ocampo which aims to uplift the standards of living of the youth.
Villafuerte says, “The vision of these organizations serve as inspiration for the Camsur Marathon.”
The dynamic young governor promises a wonderful time at CamSur for all local and international participants of the CamSur Marathon 2010.
“Our world-class sports amenities and accommodations will entice you to stay a little longer,” Governor Villafuerte confidently assures.
“Our secret hideaways await your discovery and we are certain that you will want to explore the nooks and crannies of fascinating Camsur.”
The CamSur Marathon 2010 is also presented by the Department of Tourism with Summit Water and Smart Communications as major sponsors. Other sponsors are Timex, 100 Plus, Nature Valley, and the Philippine Star.
Visit CamSur Marathon for more details.