Sunday, January 16, 2011

Cebu Day 2: The 2011 Cebu Marathon

The 2011 Cebu Marathon was the third race I joined in a span of less than two months. My first race was during the 34th National Milo Marathon in Cagayan de Oro City on November 28 of last year followed by a fun run in Malaybalay City last December 30. During the Cebu Marathon, I would have signed up for my first 10K event but since there was none, I joined the 5K instead. I don't think I have the stamina to run for the 21K yet.

Participants before the start of the 2011 Cebu Marathon.

The 2011 Cebu Marathon was, so far, the best race I have joined. It was well-organized and have lots of big-time sponsors. Registration online through their official website was a breeze and very convenient for participants who, just like us, are not from Cebu. The race shirt given is New Balance (!) and the race bib has a timing chip. During the race day (Jan. 9, 2011), the race started on time and there are fireworks at the start of the 42K and 21k events. A live band playing Sinulog beats at the starting line also pumped up the runners and there are plenty of cheerers  along the way. Traffic was also well-coordinated and it was really fun running through the streets of Cebu.

 The Starting/Finish Line in IT Park, Lahug

There are lots of freebies once you finished the race. I was given a tote bag containing 100 Plus Isotonic Water, Summit Mineral Water and a filling bread. There are also free photo souvenirs at the New Balance and Globe booths, free Nature's Valley Granola Bars, running magazines, discounts to running apparels and accessories and even free massage to 21K and 42K runners. 

Lots of freebies in these booths:

Sinulog dancers entertaining the race finishers.

But what I love most about the 2011 Cebu Marathon is that there are lots of beautiful girls around: 

 All smiles with the beautiful Cebuanas after finishing the race.

With this experience, I definitely would love to join the Cebu Marathon again next year. By that time, I hope I would have enough endurance to run the 21K.


  1. hahaha...highlight jud ang beautiful girls....way to go earl... soon i will be seeing you in the stand wearing a medal for winning the marathon. Congratulations.

  2. Nakakainspire naman kayong dalawa ni Journeying James, the first time and the last time I joined a fund raising run was 2 years ago, and I basically walk half of the way to the finish line :)

  3. this is one of the things I wanna achieve this year. Nice! Keep running! :)

  4. @tabuk: thanks jay.layo pa ta ana lang nako ma-increase ako stamina para maka-dagan na ko 10K next time then hopefully, half-marathon na dayon.still got a long way to run bai.

  5. @lakwatsera: claire, I made it to the finish line!hehehe.still got a long way to go though before I could achieve what journeying james did: run a full marathon.

  6. @pinaysolobackpacker:gael, i noticed maraming runners sa mga pinoy travel bloggers. hopefully someday, there will be a race where we could meet each other.thanks for dropping by!

  7. there were lots of beautiful girls around! saya nga! train for 10K then 21K, mabibigla ka, 42K na yan.

  8. @journeyingjames: thanks for the tip! started training for 10K today.

  9. i couldn't finish even a 500 meter jog. lol. i should get myself in shape and join at least a 3k run, and get a picture with those hot ladies ;) hehehehe...

  10. @fetus: one step at a time lang na.i only started running late last year, though i've been playing basketball for years now.i often read the running blogs of estan and journeying james for some tips. and having your picture taken with some hot ladies at the finish line is a great reward too!


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