THE Clark Sunset Marathon is set on December 9 at the Parade Grounds of Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.
The marathon is the first of its kind in the Philippines in which the race will start at sunset instead of break of dawn, hence the name of the event.
The event organized by Runrio, Tourism Promotions Board Philippines, and the Clark Development Corporation, will fire off the 5K, 10K, 21K, and 42K races at 5 p.m.
"The Clark Sunset Marathon comes at an opportune time when we are being very aggressive in promoting Clark Pampanga as one of the country's premier tourist hubs," said Clark Development Corporation tourism promotions manager Noemi Julian.
Organizers also hope that the race will put the country in the map as far as running events is concerned just like the Boston Marathon, New York Marathon, Singapore Marathon, and Tokyo Marathon.
The race is expected to attract a total of 5,000 runners from all over the world.
"The development of Clark International Airport, including the construction of a P12-billion passenger terminal will not only provide running enthusiasts easy access to attend this event, but will also open new opportunities for both tourist and business groups in Clark Pampanga," sad Julian.
Rio Dela Cruz of Runrio Events Inc. is happy to be part of the ambitious project.
"When we started conceptualizing the Clark Sunset Marathon, we wanted to have a first-class running experience that targets not only local runners but also foreign running enthusiasts. And our goal is not just a one-time event but to have an annual running event that will make our country one of the top running destinations," said Dela Cruz.