LOCAL and international ultramarathoners are expected to converge on the home of the Hundred Islands in Pangasinan for the inaugural Alaminos 100 next month.
Scheduled on March 15-16, the first ever 100 kilometer international ultramarathon to be hosted by Alaminos City will have local runners vying against competitors from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Ethiopia, Sudan and Kenya, some of whom have already visited the area to scout the route.
Starting from the city’s Lucap wharf, the race will span the western Pangasinan towns of Bani, Anda and Bolinao before returning to Alaminos.
Baguio City's Arnold Lozano, the 2013 North Face 100K Trail Champion, 200K Champion Marcelo Bautista, BDM 100K 2013 Champion and record holder Joel Bengtay of La Trinidad, Benguet and an elite-level runner from London have signified their intention to join the race.
A Philippine Army team, led by Crisencio Zabal, has also signed up. Runners from Davao and Samal are also joining the race.
The winner of the open marathon will receive P100,000 and a trophy while the second and third placers will receive P30,000 and P20,000 respectively. All finishers will be given a medal and a certificate. Runners coming in from fourth to 10th place in the will each get P5,000.
Organized by RenderFarm Sports and JonesPR, the ultramarathon will serve as the ‘curtain-raiser’ for the city’s fiesta celebration on March 19-24. The race has the full support of local officials led by Alaminos City mayor Arthur Celeste and Pangasinan governor Amado Espino, Jr.
The race hopes to attract tourism and more running events to Alaminos, a coastal city 170 kilometers north of Manila, which is a beach destination noted for its boating, swimming, diving and picnics sites.
Philip Pacle of RenderFarm Sports, one of the organizers and an ultrarunner himself, expects an exciting race.
“Most of the runners will experience the thrill of running on 99 percent flat cement/asphalted roads with a five-kilometer winding and ascending route along Tiep, Bolinao going to the 50 kilometer mark at night time.”
Curfew time is set at 18 hours for what is designed to be a fast foot race.
Coinciding with the event is a 50K marathon from the town of Bolinao to Alaminos City. The race is open to male and female marathoners. The race leader will receive a cash prize of P20,000, while second and third place finishers will be awarded P10,000 and P7,000. respectively. Finishers from fourth to 10th place will be given P4,000 each.
The ultramarathon hopes to put Alaminos City and Pangasinan in the international arena of world-class sporting events as it targets international and national participation. Organizers plan to institutionalize the race as an annual multi-sport activity. Plans are underway to also organize a mid-year triathlon.
“We hope to generate more support from Philippines’ top corporations especially those who have sports products, or have sports as their CSR,” says Jones Campos, one of the organizers.
The registration fee for the 100K ultra marathon is P3,500 while the fee is P3,000 for the 50K marathon. Included in the registration are a souvenir shirt (100K); welcome drinks and snacks; a pre-race party; carbo loading meal; boat ride and island hopping to Quezon Island, Children’s Island and Governor’s Islands.
Runners’ inclusions are: singlet and bib, finisher’s shirt, finisher’s trophy, snacks at the 50k mark (100 km), finisher’s refreshment and snack, and vehicle support banner, if needed.
Registration is ongoing until February 28. Interested parties can email: email@example.com (single entry per runner) and payment through BDO Acct. #5470348017 under Renderfarm Graphics.
For details, contact Philip Aquino Pacle at 0922 260 4201, 0926 717 9344 or Jones T. Campos – 0917 818 1015; or visit www.Renderfarmtown.com; Pinoy Fitness; and Takbo.ph for more information.