Running bloggers were invited by Botak yesterday for a lunch meeting to discuss the upcoming races of Botak for 2009, namely:
- May 10: Paa-Tibayan Takbo 42k Marathon (5k/ 10k/ 21k/ 42k)
- June 28: Paa-Tibayan Takbo 100k (1m/ 5m/ 10m/ 50k solo/ 100k relay/ 100k solo)
I was looking forward to meeting the people behind Botak, especially famed cross-country runner, Mr. Cesar Guarin, but my schedule wouldn’t permit. Fortunately, good friend Jun accepted my invitation to come as proxy and eat a hefty meal for me at Red Box while he immersed himself in the race discussion.
Jun reports that the races seem to be well-planned and organized. People behind it are experienced: for the marathon, it will be led by one who helped Rudy B. organize races for years, and for the 100k, it will be headed by no less than Pinoy Ultra Runner Team Principal, Neville Manaois.
So, who’s game for the 1st Marathon of 2009 this May? Raise your hands, please?
Below are details/posters for upcoming Botak Races:
Isport BOTAK sets the stage for marathon milestone
Isport BOTAK, in cooperation with OlymPlus, presents Paa-Tibayan Takbo 42-kilometer marathon traversing the cities of Taguig and Makati on May 10, 2009.
Set to be a milestone in the sport of running, Paa-Tibayan Takbo 42-K marathon responds to the increasing popularity of the sport both as a competitive field and a hobby for Filipinos. As the event further promotes the sport, it aims to help the country achieve its goal for an Olympic gold in 2012 by providing runners a competitive environment. In parallel, the event seeks to raise public consciousness of running as a fitness activity and an alternative hobby for a healthy lifestyle.
As the patron of the Paa-Ligsahan Takbong Pambansa Running Program, Isport BOTAK expects this marathon milestone to draw members of various running clubs, race enthusiasts, Sunday joggers, and even first-timers. The centerpiece 42-K marathon starts at the back of the NBC Tent at The Fort Global City in Taguig at exactly 4:30 am. Its route will pass through C-5, Ayala, and Rockwell then back to The Fort for the finish line. In recognition of the runners who complete the whole 42-K stretch, Isport BOTAK will award each of them a finisher’s medal.
Meanwhile, the 21-kilometer half-marathon starts at 5:45am, covering the Kalayaan flyover, Ayala Avenue, Makati Avenue, Rockwell and ending once again at The Fort. Further, two side events, the 10-kilometer run to start at 5:45am and the 5-kilometer run to start at 6:00am will both take their course around The Fort. In support of Isport BOTAK and the running community, Manila Water will provide sprinkler showers along the Makati route and at the finish line.
Interested participants can register at ROX (Recreational Outdoor Exchange) and Fitness First at The Fort, Sports Connection in Pasong Tamo, Makati and at the Botak Sports Shop at 131 Kamuning Road, Quezon City. The registration fee for the Paa-Tibayan Takbo 42-K marathon is Php 400; Php 350 for the 21-K half-marathon; and Php 250 for the 5-K and the 10-K runs. The first 250 to register can have the privilege of having their names printed on their race jerseys. For inquiries, contact the race director at 4156096 or 4106966.
Following this race is Botak’s 100K marathon to be held on June 28, 2009 at the University of the Philippines. Watch out for it!
PAA-TIBAYAN TAKBO 42K FLYER
BOTAK PAA-TIBAYAN 100K FLYER