Featured Race: Summit Water CamSur Marathon

The registration for Philippines’ only AIMS-accredited and IAAF-certified marathon, CamSur Marathon, is now open, and I can’t help but be excited with my CamSur repeat.

As of the time of writing of this post, I am already half-booked for Naga.  Half because my return flight to Manila is already booked, but my travel to Naga is yet finalized.  I was originally aiming to go to Naga via train with the popular Bicol Express when I’ve heard that the rails were restored, but it looks like I’d have to scrap that plan because apparently there were still some repairs that needed to be done, and it won’t be completed in time for the marathon. 😦

So why am I excited?  My first CamSur Marathon last year was quite memorable as it was the first time I was able to run practically the entire 42K.  The route was mostly flat and there are just so many special memories, both good and bad, that happened to me in CamSur.  Right after completing my marathon last year, I knew I had to return.

International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the world governing body for track and field while the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) is a member based organization of more than 300 of the world’s leading distance races from over 90 countries, working with IAAF on all matters relating to international road races.

So what’s in it for you?  Well, if you’re aiming to qualify for Boston Marathon or other AIMS or IAAF-sanctioned race, CamSur Marathon is the only one in the country.  And the AIMS certification isn’t exclusive to the full marathon route—even the 21K, 10K, and 5K routes are all certified!  This also means that should anyone be able to set a world best in any of its routes, it should automatically be considered as a world record.  (Read about the world best / world record issue here)  For us mere mortals, we are guaranteed of accurate distances and all bests we set are valid to be called Personal Records (PRs).

To those who haven’t been to CamSur (or Camarines Sur), CamSur Marathon will be held in the world famous CamSur WaterSports Complex (CWC), and your entry point is Naga City, which is about eight (8) hours by land or 45 minutes by air from Manila.  CamSur Marathon has hotel partners where shuttle services will be deployed to take you to the starting line (varies with distance) on race day.  Now is actually a good time to book your flight to Naga because of on-going airfare promotions, but if you prefer the cheapest way, buses are still unbeatable.  And as I mentioned earlier, trains are also an option (whenever the Bicol Express resumes operation).

Summit Water CamSur Marathon

When: September 25, 2011
Where: CamSur WaterSports Complex, Camarines Sur
Distances: 42K*, 21K*, 10K, 5K, 3K
Registration: ₱400 for 3K and 5K, ₱500 for 10K, ₱850 for 21K and 42K local, ₱2,000 for 21K international, and ₱2,500 for 42K international; inclusive of a race bib, singlet, and D-Tag; online via camsurmarathon.com or at the following sites:

  • ROX
    • Bonifacio High Street
    • Bonifacio High Street
  • CamSur WaterSports Complex
    • Camarines Sur

* Local and international categories apply

Event Singlet


  • Loot bags for all finishers
  • Medal for 42K and 21K finishers
  • Race kits for online registrants will be delivered within 5 working days after registration
  • For international participants, race kits may be claimed only at CWC from September 19-24, 2011

Other Race Facts:

  • 20,000 Target Participants
  • For each registered runner, CamSur Gov. LRay Villafuerte will plant 10 trees
  • This race will be brought by the tandem of Event King (over-all) and RunRio (technical)

Prizes for this year

For more information about CamSur Marathon, you may visit camsurmarathon.com.  For what to expect on CamSur, you may read about my posts here:

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