The organizers of the Cebu City Marathon set on January 10 next year got a big boost from the city government with no less than Mayor Tomas Osmeña pressing the green light for staging of the event.
City councilor Sylvan “Jack” Jakosalem surprised the organizing Cebu Executive Runners Club (CERC) during a press conference yesterday at Mooon Cafe in Guadalupe by shoeing off the approved letter of request of support from Osmeña.
Along with that, Jakosalem bared that the city goverment will allocate P295,500 for the prizes of the top performers. The men and women’s open champion will receive P50,000 each, while the second to 10th placers in the 42-kilometer action will also receive cash prizes.
The top male and female finishers in the 21km and 5 km run, on the other hand, will get P15,000.
Commemorative medals and t-shirts courtesy of the Aldeguer Group Companies will also be given away to all the finishers of the full marathon.
“This is the first time that a full marathon will start and end here in Cebu City so it’s just right that we give full support to this,” said Jakosalem, who vowed to insert the event into the Sinulog calendar of activities.
“It’s long, it’s hard, it’s a killer (distance). So, we are doing this presscon to tell everyone that it’s a go and for the runners to prepare ahead,” said CERC president Jesse Taborada.
The marathon is open to runners aged 18 years old and above, while no age limit is being set for the 21km and 5km races.
Since it is the first time in over a decade that such kind of footrace will take place, the organizers have set a cut-off time of seven hours.
The route for the 42km battle will start at IT Park in Lahug, going to Salinas Drive then Gorordo Avenue and turn right to Escario then upon hitting the Capitol, turn left to Osmena Boulevard all the way to Sto. Niño Shrine then turn right passing through the Magellan’s cross heading to the SRP.
From SRP, the runners will go back to Magellan’s Cross then Osmeña Boulevard to Fuente Osmeña rotunda and turn right to Mango Avenue all the way to the old Sacred Heart School-Jesuit building and U-turn at the old White Gold store going back to Ayala Center at the Cebu Business Park then out to Gorordo straight to Asilo and then turn right.
From there, the participants will go straight to Talamban passing through fly-overs and make a U-turn at the University of San Carlos Technological Center then back.
Upon hitting the TESDA intersection, turn left to Juan Luna up to St. Joseph Parish Church in Mabolo for the final U-turn and straight all the way to the IT Park finish.
By baring the route early, the hometown bets will enjoy a bit of advantage over the visiting runners, who had been dominating the local races for quite sometime now.
For more details, interested parties may log on to www.cebumarathon.com