PILI, Camarines Sur – Governor LRay Villafuerte brings once again another sports spectacle to the province with the staging, in joint venture with Summit Water and Smart, of the first ever CamSur Marathon 2010 on Sept. 26.
Dubbed “The Race to Rebuild the Nation,” because proceeds of the competition are earmarked for the benefit of humanitarian groups, the race is anticipated to draw thousands, including runners from other nations. It is billed as the biggest sports event ever in this part of the country if not the entire Southeast Asia region.
A huge turnout of runners that include distinguished personalities not only from the sports circles but also of big-time businesses, the arts, showbiz and other sectors as well as foreign visitors is expected to make for a historic event worthy of international stature.
“This will not be an ordinary race,” Villafuerte said during the event launching. “There are very many marathons, but this one is different because it will also be for a humanitarian cause.”
Beneficiaries are: Gawad Kalinga, which is into providing decent shelter and empowering less privileged Filipinos; Organ Donor Card, which is focused on promoting organ transplant awareness and donor recruitment; and the K.I.D.S. Foundation, which advocates the protection and upliftment of the welfare of children.
The Summit Water CamSur Marathon will be staged in six runs – distances of 3, 5,10, 21 and 42 kilometers and the special Gawad Kalinga Run where runners will race in teams of 15 and pledge to help raise funds for the GK community-building fund.
The races will center around the world-famed Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC) right within the CamSur Capitol Complex in Pili town and will be supervised by a team of veteran race organizers headed by race director Rio de la Cruz.
Just like many other national and international sports competitions held at the CWC including wakeboarding and other cable sports, dragon boat racing, the Ironman 70.3 triathlon series and other sports disciplines, the CamSur Marathon 2010 is envisioned to further boost the province’s growing popularity as center of international sports.
Villafuerte’s comprehensive program to promote sports tourism and eco-tourism has prominently put CamSur on the world’s tourism map. – GBClaveria