Cebu Marathon 2016: The Soft Side of a Loud City
Comprising of more than 7,000 islands, it's little wonder that Philippines boasts various running trails in exotic scenery. Road runners will not be disappointed either.
One of the most prestigious running events in Cebu, Philippines will launch its 10th edition on Sunday, 10 January 2016. Cebu Marathon 2016 features a 42 km full marathon and 21 km half marathon, with a fairly new 5 km distance category.
The road routes bring runners through Cebu City, which Lonely Planet likens to "an entrée-sized Manila" – not surprising since Cebu is Philippines' most densely populated island. Don't be so quick to put it off as a loud and ruthless place; this energetic city is home to many historically rich sites worth visiting.
Besides, the Cebu Marathon 2016 offers a perhaps lesser known, quieter side to the island. Kicking off before daybreak, assembly time starts as early as 2:00 a.m. for marathoners at the race venue in I.T. Park. First to flag off is the full marathon at 3:00 a.m., followed by the half marathon at 4:00 a.m. and the 5 km at 4:50 a.m.
Whilst the 5 km route is simple with little detours, the half and full marathons will take runners to Cebu Pier, where they can take in coastal views as the sun rises. Heading to the end of the coastal area, full marathoners will continue towards neighbouring Talisay City before meeting a turning-point back.
All runners will finish back at the starting venue where the top three local runners in each distance will be awarded cash prizes. The first three runners in the full marathon open category will also stand to win attractive prizes.
While online registration is now closed, you can still register onsite if you're visiting Cebu or are based there. Even if you're not running, it's worth taking a look at runners dressed in fantastic ostentatious costumes!
Visit the Cebu Marathon website for more details.
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