THE LONG wait for the Subic International Marathon is over after it was announced recently that the 10th edition of the iconic footrace will be held from November 21 to 22, 2015 at Remy Field. Usually held every January, the event was moved to coincide with the anniversary celebration of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).
Aside from the change in date, another major innovation is that the centerpiece full marathon (42.195 kilometers) will blast off at 5:00 PM. As the runners cross the finish line on the Remy Field track oval, they will be greeted with a party-like atmosphere complete with bands and other entertainment acts.
Together with the full marathon is the 21-kilometer race which will start an hour later at 6:00 PM. The partying should continue well into the next morning when the 10, seven, five and three-kilometer fun runs are held.
“We want to present a world-class event that Filipinos can be proud of,” said race founder Police Gen. Samson Tucay during the media launch. Starting this year, the race course is certified by the Association of International Marathons (AIMS) thus assuring participants of accurate distances.
Since the race will be held in the darkness of night, organizer eXtribe of Eric Imperio has made sure that the runners will be safe with aid stations every 1.5 kilometers. The route will be essentially the same as the 2014 edition.
Local tourism will surely get a major boost. After completing their Saturday night races, runners can stay overnight and enjoy the tourist sights of Subic Bay and Olongapo City.
Registration fees are pegged at PHP 1,250.00 (42.195 kilometers), PHP 900.00 (21 kilometers), PHP 400.00 (10 kilometers), PHP 300.00 (seven kilometers), PHP 200.00 (five kilometers) and PHP 150.00 (three kilometers). The race kit is expected to contain the basic bib and singlet with medals for both 42.195 and 21-kilometer finishers.
The official designs of the medals and singlets will be released later. At the moment, a headlamp is not included in the kit so participants may want to prepare one as a safety investment.
Being the 10th year of the race is testament to its popularity and longevity. Who would have thought that a simple graduation exercise in 2005 for a special school for the Philippine National Police would metamorphose into a much-awaited annual tradition with entries from all over the world?
Billed as a run for fun and transformation, the race has chosen several beneficiaries including the Dilaab Foundation, Bukas Loob Sa Diyos and Bless Our Cops. Many of the individual beneficiaries of the past SIMs have gone on to better lives as productive members of society.
Expect a well-organized and no-frills race this November. Running around the clean environment of Subic Bay is indeed a welcome relief from all those urban races.
Both online and in-store registration will begin in August, 2015. Interested parties are encouraged to like the Subic International Marathon Page on Facebook for more details and breaking news.