By Bong Lozada INQUIRER.net
Hundred Islands. Photo from pangasinantourism.com
MANILA, PhilippinesA grandiose chain of islands deserves an even grander celebration with a hundred-kilometer run in the world-famous tourist destination in Pangasinan.
With the Hundred Islands National Park under the governance of Alaminos City, the race would be the commemoration of the unique natural site and only fitting is an international ultra marathon be organized, a kilometer per island.
Slated onMarch 15 to March 16, the first ever 100-km ultra marathon would start from the Lucap Wharf of Alaminos City, then runners would traverse through the western Pangasinan towns of Bani, Anda and Bolinao, then back to Alaminos, a statement said.
A hundred-kilometer race may seem tiring and gruesome, but Alaminos pristine white sand beaches and perfect summer breeze is enough to nurse those tired calves.
This is the first time we are doing this in conjunction with our city fiesta, said Jones Campos, one of the organizers and whose city would celebrate a five-day festivity fromMarch 16 to 21.
This ultra marathon surely boosts the Hundred Islands as a tourism destination as we are positioning it to be international in nature.
Several elite runners have already laced up for one of the countrys biggest foot race.
Hardcore 100 miles champion Marcelo the local Kenyan Bautista, 2013 The North Face trail run champion Arnold Lozano, Laoag City ultra marathon champion Joey D., Kenyan, ultra-marathoner Albert Tomabaga and Natures Trail Run champion Gerald Sabal of the Philippine Army.
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Hundred-kilometer run set in Pangasinan