February 2012 Race Spotlight: Don Bosco Fun Run & Taray Pamulinawen Laoag Marathon

This month’s race spotlight takes us to the sand dunes of Ilocos Norte, and to a simultaneous six-venue fun run.

Taray Pamulinawen Laoag Marathon on February 25

It’s obviously too late to start training now for a full marathon happening in two weeks, but if you happen to be in Laoag on the weekend of February 25, prepare to be caught up in the festivities of the Taray Pamulinawen Laoag Marathon, part of the fiesta of St. William the hermit, Laoag City’s patron saint.

“Taray” (accent on the second syllable) is the Ilocano word for “run”. From a longest distance of 11 miles last year, the city of Laoag has taken the leap to organizing a full marathon. I’ve been to Laoag once and the described route is a full tour through its picturesque streets, lonely highways, and famous sights. The route will take runners through the famed sand dunes, the sinking bell tower, Gilbert Bridge, the Tobacco Monopoly Monument that stands in the city proper, and Fort Ilocandia.

For those not ready for a full marathon, there are also shorter distances: 750-meter kids dash; 5K; 10K; 21K; and a 42-kilometer mixed relay.

(Don’t forget to have some empanada post-race; it’s a great recovery food!)

Race: Taray Pamulinawen Laoag Marathon
Date: February 25, 2012
Gunstart: 5am at Laoag City Hall
Early Bird Reg Fee (Jan. 9-Feb. 18): P500 (42K/21K), P250 (10K), P200 (5K), P100 (750m), P1,500 (42K mixed relay)
Late Reg Fee (Feb. 19-22): P700 (42K/21K), P400 (10K), P350 (5K), P200 (750m), P2,400 (42K mixed relay)
Registration: Bank Deposit, Credit Card
Registration Dates: January 9-February 18 (early bird), February 19-22 (late)
For More Info: Taray Pamulinawen info website

Don Bosco Fun Run: Run, Jump, Make Noise on February 26

Don Bosco schools have been educating Philippine youth since the 1950’s. To celebrate their 60th year, they are staging a simultaneous fun run in six venues: Quirino Grandstand (Manila), Nuvali (Laguna), Clark (Pampanga), San Jose (Nueva Ecija), Naga City (Camarines Sur), and Legazpi City (Albay).

The Don Bosco Fun Run is a fund-raising activity to create a trust fund for the eight Don Bosco Technical-Vocational Education and Training centers. The TVET schools impart technical skills to marginalized youth, enabling them to find employment with car manufacturers, technical offices, and the like. Apart from the free schooling, Don Bosco also funds basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, and medical assistance.

Registration is at P350 for all categories (3K, 5K, 10K), with all proceeds going directly toward the TVET trust fund.

Race: Don Bosco Fun Run
Date: February 26, 2012
Gunstart: 6am at all six venues
Fee: P350 (3K/5K/10K)
Registration Venues: Don Bosco schools (Mandaluyong, Makati, Manila, Canlubang, Pampanga, Naga, Legazpi, Nueva Ecija); ROX Bonifacio High Street; participating Chris Sports Outlets (Festival Mall, SM North Edsa, SM Megamall, Glorietta, SM MOA)
Registration Dates: February 4-24, 2012
For More Info: Don Bosco Fun Run 2012 on Facebook

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About Noelle De Guzman

Noelle De Guzman is a freelance writer and recreational athlete with over 12 years of experience in wellness and endurance sport. She believes sport and an active healthy lifestyle changes lives.

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