Experience the Clark Sunset Marathon – the first ever sunset marathon in the Philippines.
Last November 16, RUNRIO, Tourism Promotions Board Philippines and the Clark Development Corporation announced their recent partnership for the upcoming Clark Sunset Marathon happening on December 9, 2017, at the Parade Grounds of Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga at 4pm. It is the first ever sunset marathon conceptualized in the Philippines.
Just a bit of background, the Clark Sunset Marathon is a race conceptualized and organized by RUNRIO, Inc. and was inspired by the fact that in tropical countries like the Philippines, the weather is mostly hot and humid. So they thought of a night run which is the perfect running event for running enthusiasts to have a more cooler and more exciting race experience.
Clark Sunset Marathon features running categories in 5KM, 10KM, 21KM and 42KM with the full marathon’s gun start happening at 5pm. The 21KM, 10KM and 5KM follow shortly at 5:15pm, 5:30pm and 5:45pm respectively.
The said event is expected to attract a total of 5,000 running enthusiasts coming from all parts of the country, as well as runners from other parts of the world.
“The Clark Sunset Marathon comes at an opportune time when we are being very aggressive in promoting Clark Pampanga as one of the country’s premiere tourist hub.” Said Noemi Julian, manager, Clark Development Corporation, Tourism Promotions.
Clark Sunset Marathon is inspired by other world-famous running events such as the Boston Marathon, New York Marathon, Singapore Marathon, and the Tokyo Marathon, and is expected to put the country on the global map as a destination for running enthusiasts.
In partnership with Tourism Promotions Board Philippines and Clark Development Corporation, the said event aims to establish Clark, Pampanga as a venue for world-class running events in the Philippines. It also aims to be a premier international marathon foot race in the country by securing route standard accreditation from AIMS/IAAF, the international governing body for distance races in the world.
Running coach Rio dela Cruz of RUNRIO Events, Inc. is proud of this ambitious running event that will not only promote the sport of running but more importantly, promote the country and boost tourism.
“When we started conceptualizing the Clark Sunset Marathon, we wanted to have a first class running experience that targets not only local runners but also foreign running enthusiasts. We thought of a running event that can be compared to world-renowned marathons such as Boston Marathon, Singapore Marathon, New York Marathon among many others. And our goal is not just a one-time event. But to have an annual running event that will make our country one of the top running destinations” said dela Cruz.
The Inaugural Year of Clark Sunset Marathon
For the inaugural year, runners can choose from these five categories: 42K-7 hours, 21K – 4 hours, 10K – 2 hours and 5k – 1 hour.
Since there’s an international airport within the area, Clark Sunset Marathon is also targeting foreign runners to join the race. There will also be an after party celebration which is the Clark Sunset Marathon Music Festival, to be held at the finish line. The music festival will showcase DJs that will provide the party atmosphere of the running event.
“We at RUNRIO want to give a one-of-a-kind experience to all the participants. We staged this running event on a Saturday evening so that the participants will have a relax and “chill-type” of an experience. It will be a night of running and partying with DJ Ashley Rivera and DJ Tom Taus dishing out the coolest music. This will make sure that participants, their families and friends will have a good time,” said Andrew Neri, managing partner, RUNRIO Events, Inc.
Clark Sunset Marathon is made possible by Gatorade, the official sports drink, ActiveHealth, the official sports system solution, Garmin, the official timing partner and Solar Sports as the official media partner. The first running event of its kind in Clark, Pampanga is also made possible by Nizoral and Nyxsys.