I wonder what’s taking the Cebu Executive Runners Club too long to officially announce the call for runners to the 2013 Cebu City Marathon.
Since its debut in 2010, the Cebu City Marathon is traditionally held on the second Sunday of January and is part of the official calendar of activities of the annual Sinulog festivities. Still, CERC should make an announcement sooner rather than later.
First, the traditional schedule of every second Sunday of January is known only among members of the running community in Cebu and those from out of town who have joined previous editions of the the Cebu City Marathon.
Second, there is the matter of training especially for those who wish to make the Cebu City Marathon their debut marathon. First timers who wish to train properly for their first full marathon should devote at least six (6) months. Without a formal announcement from the CERC is hard to commit to a training schedule for the Cebu City Marathon in January 2013.
Third, logistics and billeting could be a problem if the race schedule is announced late and discourage out-of-town participants from coming over. The CCM schedule falling on the week of the Sinulog festivities means affordable hotel accommodations would be hard to come by as even the expensive hotels get booked six months before the Sinulog in January.
I still think the Cebu City Marathon is one of the best, if not the best organized full marathon in the country. If I were to run only one marathon a year, CCM would be it. But CERC needs to commit and announce a definite race date for, even as early as the moment the first marathoner crosses the finishline in January 2013 assuring CCM’s die hard fans of a 2014 edition.
Meanwhile here are the schedule of upcoming races for the rest of the year in Cebu City and its neighboring municipalities. For more information on these races, you may visit the group page of the Cebu Ultra Runners Club on Facebook and through the registration booths at the Runnr store in Ayala Center Cebu.
Sept. 29 Maternity Run – 1K/3K/10K P250/participant
Sept. 29 Be Resorts-Warrior Ultra – 53K P900/participant
Sept. 30 World Heart Day Run & Zumba Fest – 15K/P350/runner, 6K/3K P300/runner
Sept. 30 Run for Mama Mary 2 (Liloan) 1OK/5K/3K P230/participant
Oct. 7 Milo Regional Eliminations (Cebu Leg) –21K / 10K P500, 5K P100
Oct. 2 Pueblo Verde Pink Run – 10K P400, 5K/3K P300
Oct. 21 Alphonsian Run (w/ finisher’s dogtag) – 15K P400, 6K / 3K P300
Oct, 21 Dagan sa Barangay Casuntingan, Mandaue – 10K/5K P350
Oct. 21 Aloguinsan Eco-Adventure Run – 21K P600, 10K P300, 5K P200
Oct. 27 SK Run (Consolacion) – 10K/5K/3K P250
Oct. 28 Citygym Halloween Run – 32K P750, 21K P600, 10K/5K P400
Oct. 28 CUC-Ultrahamster Run 12-hr, 6-hr free
Nov. 3 Silay City Eco-Trail Marathon – 42K P500
Nov. 11 2nd. Red Cross: Volunteer Run for Humanity – 21K P650, P12K 450
Nov. 11 Insurer’s Green Run – 20K/12K/6K/3K P300
Nov. 17 CUC-100, Leg 2 – 100K P1,500/runner
Nov. 17 H1 Hardcore 100-Miler 160K – P5,000/runner
Nov. 18 PMAP & PAS 1st. Synergy Run – 21K P550, 12K/6K P350
Nov. 18, 1st. Golds Gym Gold Rush 2012 – 16K P400, 6K P300, 3K P250
Nov. 18 Dumaguete City Adventure Marathon – 42K P750
Nov. 18 Hotel Elizabeth 1st Royal Run – 16K/8K/4K
Dec. 1 Timex 226 Bohol Triathlon (Anda, Bohol) – 226K (swim, bike, run) P12,000
Dec. 10 Perpetual Youth Run (Carcar) – 12/6/3K 200.00
Happy running. Carpe viam!