AS PART of its Diamond Jubilee, the Quezon City local government through Mayor Herbert Bautista will stage the Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM) Night Run on November 29, 2014 (Saturday) at the Quezon Memorial Circle starting at 7:00 PM. This year’s run promises a lot of twists and surprises as it marks the first time that it will be held in the evening instead of the usual break of dawn.
One innovation this year is that there will be two equal sets of cash prizes for the podium finishers – one for Quezon City residents and another for non-residents. The race is open to runners of all nationalities.
The total prize pot amounts to PHP 372,000.00 with PHP 22,000.00 set aside for the champions in the centerpiece 21-kilometer category. Other categories to be contested on Commonwealth and Quezon Avenues are 10, five and three kilometers.
Online registration using credit cards is ongoing at www.qcimrun.com. For those without credit cards, prepaid cards will be sold at selected Toby’s and Runnr branches beginning on September 25 or they may proceeded to any SM Tickets outlet nationwide.
Fees are set at PHP 950.00 for 21 kilometers, PHP 850.00 for 10 kilometers, PHP 750.00 for five kilometers and PHP 650.00 for three kilometers inclusive of a singlet, race bib, glow sticks and a special LED wristband. Claiming of race kits will be from November 20 to 23 at a venue to be announced soon.
Medals and loot bags will be awarded to all finishers. In addition, 21-kilometer finishers will get special commemorative shirts.
Running purists may question the absence of a full 42.195-kilometer marathon but race director Coach Jay Em of Proactive during the event’s recent launching explained that the non-inclusion was done so to allow participants more time to enjoy the post-race activities and celebrate the city’s 75th year. Councilor Dorothy Delarmente, herself a certified marathon runner, further added that “QCIM” through the years has grown to become a brand.
For this year, the QCIM Night Run is spreading awareness about the issues of climate change and HIV/AIDS. The run has partnered with the Climate Change Campaign and AIDS Society of the Philippines.
Councilor Delarmente has authored an ordinance banning plastics hence runners are encouraged to bring their own refillable bottles. Paper cups will be used at the hydration stations and runners are advised to throw their garbage into designated receptacles.
For his part, Councilor Vicente Belmonte is batting for the participants’ safety after completing several marathons and triathlons himself. He hopes to erase the stigma carried by Commonwealth Avenue which has been given the dubious moniker of “Killer Highway”.
Being seasoned runners aware of their fellow runners’ needs, the two councilors have given their inputs in order to make the experience worthwhile for all as they will also compete in the 21-kilometer category joining a projected field 9,000 runners for all distances. As of the moment, there will be no cutoff times in order to give the runners the chance to savor the sights of Quezon City at night.
City Administrator Aldrin C. Cuna, representing Mayor Bautista, assured the public that they are mobilizing a comprehensive traffic program in coordination with the MMDA and PNP. He also said that they are encouraging the barangays and business establishments along the race route to lend their support like fielding cheering squads to inspire the runners.
Debuting in 2009, the QCIM has been held annually except for last year. With the running community’s support, a successful QCIM Night Run will definitely lead to the return of the full marathon in 2015.
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