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Condura Skyway Marathon 2011

One of the most exciting Marathon in the country is back, the Condura Run, with its signature Skyway route, but now more aptly named the Condura Skyway Marathon.  This re-branding comes in line as the event positions itself as one of the premiere marathon event in the Asia-Pacific Region by 2012.

The formerly named Condura Run had always prided itself with raising funds for a good cause ever since its conception in 2008.  That year, Condura was able to donate ₱109,200 from “Race for Tubbataha” for the purchase of radios for park rangers of Tubbataha Reefs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The following year was the “Run for the Whale Sharks” of Donsol, Sorsogon, and through the ABS-CBN Foundation was able to donate ₱365,350 for the construction of facilities for eco-tourism.  This year, the “Run for the Dolphins” of Pamilacan, Bohol generated a donation pool from 8,500 participants amounting to ₱511,400 for the construction of Condura Wharf for easy and safe boarding of boats for dolphin watching.

My first 21K courtesy of Condura Run 2009 “Run for the Whale Sharks”

Next year, the “Run for the Dolphins” Condura Skyway Marathon 2011 is no different as it aims to generate research funding to protect the dolphins of Baclayon, Bohol through scientific research, the promotion of eco-tourism, and the creation of livelihood opportunities.  The name of the event may have changed, but Condura’s commitment remains.  And this time, aside from the funds generated by the event, ₱50 of your registration is already guaranteed for donation.

A scene from Condura Run 2010 (Courtesy Condura)

12 Reasons

As usual, Condura provided 12 reasons why you should run in the Condura Skyway Marathon:

  1. Run for the Dolphins
    I’ve already mentioned the particulars on how Condura plans to use the funds generated with the race.  Isn’t it nice to run for a cause?
  2. Every runner gets a medal
    Really, as in, every runner, including 3K!  Everyone gets a 2-inch medal, 2.5 and 3 inch for 21K and 42K, respectively.  Provided that you finish of course.
  3. Special edition Dolphin shirt
    No singlet but a nice Dri-fit shirt.  Sizes from 2XS to 2XL, sample shirts available for sizing at the registration center in Greenbelt 3.
  4. D-Tags
    Sensors that you place in your shoe for accurate time measurement, used in all categories.  If you’ve never used one before, here’s an instructional video on how to use it.
  5. Breakthrough e-Reg system
    More on this later
  6. 16K new race category
    One of the few 10-mile races, this a stop-gap distance for testing if your body is ready to challenge longer distances.  I knew that I was ready for my first 21K soon after finishing my first 10-miler. 

    Shirts for sizing at the registration center

  7. First 10K on the skyway
    10K runners have a new playground!
  8. New 21K route
    21K may be half of a marathon, but this time it is not half of the marathon route.
  9. Run the new extended Skyway!
    Yes!  Fresh pavement. 🙂
  10. Fun route for the 3K and 5K runners around BGC
    Of course “fun runners” would not be left behind the action.  As they say, “great things come from small beginnings.”
  11. 2 Starts, 1 Finish
    Note of the major route changes: 21K, 16K, and 10K starts at Ayala Triangle while the rest starts at Bonifacio Global City.  Bonifacio Global City is the finish line for all distances.
  12. Lots of freebies and giveaways!
    Aside from the Hershey’s Chocolate bar you’d get upon signup, you also get an RFM lootbag which, we were informed, are like you’ve done your groceries!  42K and 21K runners additionally have 100Plus lootbags and Coors Light Beer.  All runners are entitled to a 15% discount on the Asics fall and winter collection.

What remains of my Hershey’s Chocolate bar, which I consumed faster than you can say “42K!”

Registration and Delivery

The new “e-Reg” system that Condura is utilizing is one of the most efficient ones I’ve experience thus far.  It’s a three-step process where you begin by encoding your registration details, followed by having it printed on the second step, and finally claiming of the race kit at the registration center in Greenbelt 3 (in front of Asics store).

At the registration center in Greenbelt 3

What’s great about their system is that aside from being able to do the first two steps practically anywhere, you may also pay via credit card and have your kit delivered right at your doorsteps.  Note though that the fee via credit card varies depending on the delivery location.  To ensure quick delivery, make sure to provide a complete address (include the zip code if possible), or have it delivered to an easy to find address (like your office address, perhaps).  The courier will attempt up to three times to locate your address so if there’d be trouble with the delivery, chances are it’s the fault of the address you provided.

After a successful registration, you may get your Hershey’s Chocolate bar, yay!

Quota

The race had set a cap total of 12,000 runners:

Category Quota
42K 1,200
21K 1,600
16K 1,500
10K 3,500
5K 3,000
3K 1,200
Total 12,000

Because of the expected volume of runners, aside from employing two separate starting points, wave starts would be implemented for the 10K, 16K, and 21K; and clustered starts for 5K.  Click here for more information.

Though there are no cost benefits for registering early (or in groups), it’s best to register as soon as you can as we won’t know how fast before the slots on your category run out!  NO running bandit please. 🙂

Race Fees

There are two separate rates for local and international registration:

Category Local (PHP) Int’l (USD)
42K ₱1,250 $70
21K 1,150 60
16K 1,050 40
10K 950 25
5K 750 20
3K 550 15

To all participants coming from outside the Philippines you can register online and pay via credit card.  You may claim your race packet at the Asics store at the ground floor of Greenbelt 3 until February 5, 2011 (Saturday).

To all local participants paying via credit card, registration closes at January 22, 2011, and I don’t recommend you register on the last day in lieu of the delivery time.  Registration in Greenbelt 3 is until January 31, 2011, or until slots are filled up, whichever comes earlier.

Race bib and D-Tag

I agree that this is one of the more expensive (if not the most expensive) running event in the country, that’s why I keep saying “pick your races” so you can save up for that special one.  Races have costs, but the experience of running your dream race, priceless!  (Trust me when I say this as I’ve flown to another island and even abroad just to run my dream races!)

Condura Skyway Marathon 2011

When: February 06, 2011
Distances: 42K, 21K, 16K, 10K, 5K, 3K
Where: 21K, 16K, 10K starts at Ayala Triangle; 42K, 5K, 3K starts at Bonifacio Global City; Finish line for all categories is at Bonifacio Global City

I love my number: 1-4-3 🙂

For more information about this event visit www.conduraskywaymarathon.com.

Update: Condura Skyway Marathon 2011 Official Race Results
Related: Condura Skyway Marathon 2011: The Bests and the Worsts


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