Subic International Marathon Launched

Just a year ago, I had the chance to visit Subic with fellow Happy Feet runners. Two of them, Masters Totoy and Doc Oknoy, ran the full marathon which started at midnight. Please see also the Happy Feet photo on the side bar and previous blog entry, September 2008.

It was an awesome experience for me to see and traverse, for the first time, the newly completed highway going to Subic which made the trip shorter than expected. Almost everyone in the car couldn’t stop admiring the view, especially, the almost endless road which was a sight to behold. We arrived at past 12 noon and after leaving our stuff at Subic Homes apartment (courtesy of Aljo), we looked for a good place to eat and headed back to the apartment to rest.

It was how I described Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) in my previous blog entry. That race dubbed as Subic Legacy Run was forever etched in my mind and could still clearly remember seeing a Kenyan runner who whizzed past me while I was on my way to the finish line. Here I was struggling to finish my 10k run and a Kenyan who came out as last year’s champion in the full marathon event. Amazing!




Photos from top to bottom: Smart SIM organizers and partners; With fellow bloggers Rico a.k.a. Sheerwill and Mar a.k.a. Forefoot Runner; With fellow Happy Feet–Sir Jovie (a.k.a. Baldrunner) and Tanya Lara (Writer, Philippine Star)

Yesterday, August 19, I attended the launching of the 2nd Smart International Marathon at Dusit Thani Hotel in Makati City. Thanks to Ellen of takbo.ph for the invite. It was attended by media partners, Smart executives, Gen. S. Tucay, PNP officers, runners, bloggers, and invited guests.

The first Subic International Marathon was held inside the vast eco reserved of the former American Airbase with more than 7,000 runners from both local and foreign bodies. Nelson Kirwa Rotich of Kenya came out as the champion with Eduardo ‘Vertek’ Buenavista of the Philippines as the second fastest full marathon runner of that event.

This year, the marathon venue will be the newly-built SCTEX starting at Florida Blanca, Pampanga and snaking through the Remy Field in Subic Bay, Olongapo. Competitions in 21k, 10k, 5k, 3k humanitarian and fun runs will be held simultaneously on the second day of this event.

Registration fees for early birds covering the periods Aug. 19-31, 2009 for non-Smart registrants: Php 350 (42k), Php 300 (21k), Php 250 (10k, 5k, 3k)

Registration fees considered as regular fees covering the periods Sept. 1 – Oct. 11, 2009 for non-Smart registrants: Php 450 (42k), Php 400 (21k), Php 350 (10k, 5k, 3k)

Registration fees considered as late registration covering the periods Oct. 12-21, 2009 for non-Smart registrants: Php 600 (42k), Php 550 (21k), Php 500 (10k, 5k, 3k).

You may visit these sites for your registration:

Eventologists Co.
Japa Building, 2256 Chino Roces Avenue,
Makati City
Tel. No. (02) 583.9893
MP: 0928.600.9930 / 0928. 760.2834

Chris Sports, Festival Mall
Muntinlupa, Alabang

Chris Sports, SM Marikina

Second Wind, Quezon City

RUNNR Store
Bonifacio High Street, The Fort,
Taguig City

Hurry! Register now. Don’t wait for the last minute to avoid any inconvenience. This race aims to outnumber and outperform all marathons in the country with a targeted number of 10,000 runners who will vie for over Php 1.6M in prizes.

It is presented by Smart and co-presented by SCTEX, PNP, MNTC, Maynilad, Toby’s, Burlington BioFresh, Sports Armour, Christ sports, Tsoko Nut Batirol, Timex, Pocari Sweat, Lighthouse Marina, Isuzu, Second Wind, Dusit Thani Hotel and TRX. Media partners for this event are ABS-CBN, Business Mirro, Manila Bulletin, UNTV, Action and Fitness Mag, Wave 89.1, Jam 88.3, Rt 99.5 and K-lite 10.35.

(Photos Courtesy of John Tronco)