Runners and spectators will see big modifications in this year’s edition of Cebu City Marathon (CCM), which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. For the first time, the CCM will be featuring four distances, the 42-kilometer, 21k, 10k and 5k races this January 8, 2017.
For its past editions, the race starts at the Cebu IT Park. But now, the race is moving to the Cebu Business Park ground as it venue. The 42k and 21k distances will also have new routes that will now cover the Tri-cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu. Participants in the 42k and 21k races will now have to pass the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.
In a statement, John Pages, one of the organizers of the race and a member of the Cebu Executive Runners Club (CERC), said they are trying to bring around the idea used by one of Cebu’s iconic running events in the past known as the “Tri City Marathon”.
“We want to bring back that concept of the Tri City Marathon because it became one of Cebu’s icons, and we are happy that we will be covering three cities in this race because it’s something new to the participants,” said Pages.
The Tri-City Marathon back then started from Lapu-Lapu City, passes through City and ends in Cebu City. Organizers have also decided to transform the race’s icon from a Sinulog festival-inspired theme to a simpler concept art with the Marcelo Fernan Bridge as its core.
CERC has also decided to bring back the giving of the mango-shaped finishers medal.“We’re bringing back the mango shaped medal, which was used during the first year of the marathon, but now it comes with a bigger size and a new design,” said Cebu Executive Runners Club Vice-President Meyric Jacalan.
Organizers will be providing more food and hydration to the participants along the race route and at the finish line.The race will feature a new design of the race shirt and finishers’ shirt. Registration for the race has already ended. Race Kit claiming will be at the Active Zone Area, Ayala Center Cebu from January 4-6, 2017 (10am-9pm) and January 7, 2017 (10am-6pm). Participants are required to bring a copy of their confirmation email and one (1) valid ID for verification. Authorization letter with a valid ID will be required to all representatives.
(Photos courtesy of Cebu City Marathon)