Are You Ready For QCIM?

Last night running-bloggers were gathered at Kabisera for the much anticipated first Quezon City International Marathon (QCIM) and all I can say is that I’m definitely excited.  Unlike other marathons in the country the QCIM covers only one city—Quezon City of course and with a great route it surely is one that you shouldn’t miss.  This event is being organized by Finishline and Runnex in partnership with the Quezon City government.

A League on its Own

Being an international race you may opt to join the local or international categories provided you are a native of the Philippines, otherwise you automatically fall on the international category.  This is due to the different prizes at stake for the different categories:

International Category Prizes:

Male Female
Place Prizes (Php) Place Prizes (Php)
1st 300,000.00 1st 300,000.00
2nd 200,000.00 2nd 200,000.00
3rd 100,000.00 3rd 100,000.00
4th 75,000.00 4th 75,000.00
5th 40,000.00 5th 40,000.00
6th 30,000.00 6th 30,000.00
7th 25,000.00 7th 25,000.00
8th 20,000.00 8th 20,000.00
9th 15,000.00 9th 15,000.00
10th 10,000.00 10th 10,000.00
TOTAL 816,000.00 TOTAL 816,000.00

Local Category Prizes:

Male Female
Place Prizes (Php) Place Prizes (Php)
1st 150,000.00 1st 150,000.00
2nd 100,000.00 2nd 100,000.00
3rd 75,000.00 3rd 75,000.00
4th 50,000.00 4th 50,000.00
5th 30,000.00 5th 30,000.00
6th 10,000.00 6th 10,000.00
TOTAL 415,000.00 TOTAL 415,000.00

If you’re confused to which category to join I suggest you put in Local.  There are certain details about this and I suggest you contact the organizers for more information.

Pacers

Due to persistent public demand pacers would be available in varying paces for both 42K and 21K.  If you aim for a particular finish time I suggest you look for these pacers.  You may also look for me on race day as I am an official pacer for 42K with a finish time of 6 hours (about 8:31 / km pace).  Pacers for 42K include 3:45, 3:50, 4:00, 4:15 4:30, 5:30, and 6:00 finish time (in hours).

All About Bibs

The organizers always keep telling us to put our race bibs up front but do we really know why?  The primary reason for this is to allow the race marshals to guide and assist you as soon as you’re in their field of sight.  If you’re not contented with that think PhotoVendo—your pictures may not be taken!  Photographers may not take your pictures if they didn’t see your race bib, and even if they did if it didn’t register with the photo you have no way of finding it conveniently.

QCIM race bib and timing chip
QCIM race bib and timing chip

Register Early

Slots in all categories are limited so it’s better to secure your place by registering early.  You also have the benefit of a cheaper registration fee, multiple registration locations (including online), and convenience of not having so much crowd.  Registration starts this Friday, September 11, 2009 until October 4, 2009 at the following: Timex SM Megamall, SM Southmall, Glorietta 3, SM North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia; Nike Park Bonifacio High Street; and Second Wind Teacher’s Village, Diliman.  Should slots still be available beyond those dates you may only register in Quezon City Hall until October 11, 2009 with a higher registration fee.  Race kit with singlet and timing chip will be given upon registration.

For more information about this race you may visit runnex.org/qcim2009/.

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