The second staging of the Summit Water CamSur Marathon will not only be a run to promote a clean environment but will also serve as a qualifier for this year’s Boston Marathon.
The CamSur Marathon will be held on Sunday in a course accredited by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) and the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) and runners can make it to the 2011 Boston Marathon if they reach the standard time.
According to the 42k standard, a person aged 34 and below who clocks three hours and 10 minutes or below or a runner aged between 35 to 45 who clocks three hours and 15 minutes stand a chance to compete in the Boston Marathon.
The CamSur Marathon will have the theme “Race to a Green Philippines” which will highlight the commitment of the Camarines Sur local government to promote an environment-friendly healthy lifestyle through running.
Camarines Sur governor Luis Raymond Villafuerte said in the Philippine Sportswriters Association that they are targeting 20,000 runners to compete in the 3k, 5k, 10k, 21k and 42k events.
Aside from that, the local government will also plant 10 trees for every runner that registered in the event.
“We have decided to use the CamSur Marathon as a vehicle to promote environmental awareness and involvement, especially among running enthusiast,” said Villafuerte.
A total cash pot of P1.5 million will be at stake and to give each runner a fair chance, the race organizers have decided to have a separate category for local and international runners in the elite event.
The event is sponsored by Summit Water, 100 Plus, SMART, Alaska, Timex and Pioneer Insurance with media partners Philippine Star and TV5. Host venues are Camsur and the Camsur Watersports Complex (CWC) with registration partners Runnr, ROX and CWC.