Friday, February 18, 2011
Again from RunClub - the Asics Davao Run
Members of Davao City's running community, joined by hundreds of weekend fun runners and a lot more, will be lining up the streets leading to Buhangin and the Diversion Road again this Sunday, February 20 for the Asics Davao Run.
Organized the RunClub, the first and only running specialty store in Davao City, in partnership with world-renowned Japanese running shoe company Asics, the event is expected to be bigger than last year's RunClub-New Balance Challenge. The Asics Davao Run is definitely longer and has a more challenging route mapped out by Mr. Kenneth Sai of Vantage Sports Promotions who will be managing the event.
RunClub raised the top distance for the 3-category race a notch higher to 15k. The other two distances are 4k and 7k. Runners in all three distances will be confronted by the challenge of running up the winding ascent of the Buhangin fly-over more than a kilometer from the starting line at Plaza del Carmen on Loyola Street.
From there, 4k runners will turn left to Dacudao Avenue and head back to Loyola Street. The 7K runners will go through Buhangin road and head for the turning point at the Buhangin-Diversion Road Interchange area before heading back to Dacudao Avenue and Loyola Street. The 15K runners will run along Diversion Road to its turning point at the Crocodile Park and back to Buhangin-Dacudao Avenue-Loyola Street. The route has a couple of nasty uphills.
"It’s a way to encourage runners to aim for something higher and set out for bigger challenges,”said Monchit Mackay, General Manager of RunClub Davao, when interviewed by SCOOP-Davao's Lito Delos Reyes earlier.
“Though the first run organized by RunClub last November was an astounding success, we will make this run bigger, more challenging and more rewarding,” Mackay added.
As for being more rewarding, participants get an Asics performance singlet, race bib, light breakfast and a specially made finisher’s certificate - provided they finish of course - with their registration fee of Php350.00. All registered participants can also take advantage of a one-time 15% discount on all regular-priced Asics products at RunClub Davao from the time they register until March 15, 2011.
Total prizes at stake sum up to more than P100,000.00, including items that will be raffled off during the event.
An estimated 1,200 runners coming from different parts of Mindanao are expected to join the Asics Davao Run which is also supported by MIX FM 105.9-the Official Radio Station, Sun.Star Davao-The Official Media Partner, Plaza del Carmen and Sports Town.
Part of the proceeds of the Asics Davao Run will benefit the Lamdag Foundation that caters to the welfare of women, young and old alike.
"Lamdag is going to build a center for women so we are helping them realize their project," Mackay said.