Condura Skyway Marathon is All Revved Up for Race Day

(From the Press Release) It is all systems go for the premier marathon event in the country, the Condura Skyway Marathon, Run for the Mangroves 2013.   The starting line in Filinvest City, Alabang heats up with 14,000 runners on Sunday, February 03, 2013.

Organized by Condura Skyway Marathon’s Founder and Chief Organizing Officer, Ton Concepcion and its running ambassador Patrick Concepcion,  the sixth edition of this much-anticipated yearly race event by runners for runners once again is out to prove that it is worthy of its bid to be the premier running event in the Asia Pacific.

This year the race will have the usual 10K, 21K and full 42K marathon categories plus the new 3.8K, 6K which are especially meant for the fun and adventurous runners who are not yet ready to take on the mid to long distance-races.

The 2013 installment of this prestigious run records the biggest growth of 42K and 21K runners compared to the previous years.  Both the number of full and half marathoners increased by almost 50%!  “We are very pleased with this growth.  And what motivates us more is the trust of many who will do their inaugural full or half mary with us.  That is why the team has been working tirelessly planning, reviewing and arguing to make sure that they are safe and well taken care of,”  mused Ton Concepcion.

Apart from the challenge and fun that this race has in-store for runners, participating in this race will also mean taking part in the Condura Skyway Marathon advocacy of helping with the reforestation of the Mangroves in Zamboanga Sibugay in partnership with Philippine Tropical Forest Conservation Foundation (PTFCF).  Each runner through their registration, will get to donate three mangrove seedlings which will be planted in his/her name.  In 2012, the first year that Condura Skyway Marathon adopted the mangroves reforestation project to its cause, a total of 39,000 seedlings have already been planted in Kabasalan Town through runners’ donation.  With 14,000 participants this year, this translates to another 42,000 trees that will make a huge difference in the livelihood of more communities in Zamboanga.

CSM Mangroves in Zamboaga

Condura Skyway Marathon is truly a run with a big heart!  Runners will now have the opportunity to raise pledges for the charities it is supporting.  For 2013, the premier running event is proud to support Bikes for Philippines, Hero Foundation, I Can Serve and Liter of Light.  Runners can raise pledges of ₱50 pesos per kilometer and a time bonus of ₱500 pesos if they hit their time goal. “Our aim is to encourage runners to embrace more causes to better the lives of those in need.  This is our own little way of helping these foundations raise funds so they can continue on with their respective programs and activities.  We want to help in making the country a better place – one step at a time,” says Ton Concepcion.

For more information on the race and its advocacy visit the official website conduraskywaymarathon.com or the official Facebook page facebook.com/conduraskywaymarathon.

Tips and Important Reminders

From Ton Concepcion
Founder and Chief Organizing Officer
Condura Skyway Marathon

Hydration & Nutrition

  • Always bring a hydration belt that is half-filled with back-up.
  • Never try anything new on race day.  This applies to clothes, shoes, gel and sports drink.
  • Have a nutrition plan when you run – Never go hungry!
  • Always bring back up gel.

Pre-Race Preparations

  • Fill up the back of your bib with ICE (In Case of Emergency ) Information.
  • Save these Skyway Emergency Hotline nos.:
    • Landline: 776-7777
    • Globe: (917) 539-8762
    • Smart (999) 886-0893
    • Sun (932) 854-6980
  • Make sure you do a good “no.2” before the race.
  • Since the race is early, adjust your body clock days before.
  • Come to the race early.  So you don’t get stressed locating the venue and finding a parking space.
  • Check out where the baggage counter, portalets, corral and starting line are.

Pre-Race Reminders

  • Be sure you taper and rest before the race.  Do not run the day before.
  • Race within your capabilities.  Be sure you trained properly for the race specially half and full marathoners.
  • Do not crash train.  Back out if you are not ready.
  • Be sure to pace yourself.  It is ok to run/walk.
  • If you don’t feel well during the run,  do not hesitate to approach any of the marshals on race day.
  • Stay positive! Keep those negative thoughts at bay.
  • Enjoy the moment.

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