Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Coming to Davao on Saturday night – the Dark Knight Enervon Run

Runners who haven't experienced an evening run will be treated to one on March 19 when the Dark Knight Enervon Run hits the streets of Davao City at 10 p.m.

Why Dark Knight? Perhaps you can find the answer to that question in these facts about the race.

It is presented by the Fraternal Order of Saint Thomas More (Saint, knight, Lord Chancellor of England, author and martyr according to the Catholic Encyclopedia), Enervon-Unilab and Splash in coordination with the Smash Ville Fitness Center and Matina South Health Studio.

It is for the benefit of the bat sanctuary of the Monfort Bat Conservation Park in Samal Island (bats, the Batman, the Dark Knight, familiar connections?), a fitting advocacy for nature lovers in this Year of the Bat.

Dark Knight Enervon Run features male and female 3K, 5K, 10K and 16K categories, each with cash prizes and medals for the winners. All 16k finishers will also receive medals.

This being a night run, the issue of the runners' safety is among the top concerns being raised. FOSTM's Dolf Esparagoza assured participants through the local media that they need not worry about security.

"We assure them that they will be taken cared of during the entire race. TMC (Traffic Management Center) personnel and marshals will be stationed in every intersection," Esparagoza, also of Davao Runners, said.

Energizer Philippines which is also supporting the event will sell headlamps at discounted rates while Tau Mu will sell inexpensive blinkers at Roxas Avenue on race day.

Dark Knight Enervon Run will be managed by veteran race director Kenneth Sai of Vantage Sports Promotions, an added assurance that security concerns will be given due attention.

This is not the first time that an evening footrace is being held in Davao City, and having run a couple of the Davao Sunday Runners Club Inc. organized Midnight Marathon in 1996 and 1997, one thing I know based on experience is there are less vehicles out on those roads at night than there are during the end part of daytime races. Drivers won't intentionally hit you with their vehicles, unless they're crazy or driving under the influence. Still, taking precautionary measures is the best thing to do.

Among defensive running techniques one can employ are using reflectorized running wear or attaching reflectorized tabs on your running vest and shorts, and running no more than two in a row.

Registration fees for the Dark Knight Enervon Run are P350 for 16K, P250 for 10K and 5K and P200 for 3K. The registration centers are Run Club Davao, Sports Depot Victoria Plaza, Matina South Health Studio and Smash Ville Fitness Center. Registration fees cover singlet, race bib, finisher's certificate, water and food.

You may also visit the Dark Knight Enervon Run event page on Facebook.

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