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The Condura Skyway Marathon 2012: Run for the Mangroves
February 6, 2012

The Condura Skyway Marathon 2012: Run for the Mangroves A record 13 thousand runners participated in the Premier running event of the Philippines, the Condura Skyway Marathon held last Sunday, February 5, 2012 at Filinvest, Alabang. Now on its 5th year, this is the only marathon that goes through the elevated Skyway system and advocates the protection of the marine environment.

This year, in partnership with the Philippine Tropical Forest Corporation, 3 mangroves per runner translating to 39,000 seedlings will be planted to build a mangrove forest in Zamboaga de Sibugay. Mangroves serve as a breeding ground of life, protect coastal communities and generate livelihood opportunities for generations to come. As a testament to this commitment, runners painted on a 100-foot mangrove wall installed in the Condura Skyway Village. Through the years, Condura has raised millions of pesos and has created awareness for its past advocacies in the Tubbataha reefs, the whale sharks of Donsol and the Dolphins of Bohol.

The Condura Skyway Marathon is the brainchild of Condura President Mr. Ton Concepcion who himself is a runner having ran 11 full marathons around the world and is an avid scuba diver. He is the founder and Chief event officer of the Condura Skyway Marathon that held its first race in 2008. Mr. Concepcion was inspired to create a marathon of international caliber after running the New York City Marathon in 2007. “My vision is to put the Philippines on the map as a sports tourism destination. What better way to spend a vacation than to run a World Class marathon and then go to the place that you ran for like Bohol. Our vision is to grow the race to 30 thousand runners in 5 years time and establish the Condura Skyway Marathon as the Premier Running event in the Asia Pacific Region”, enthuses Mr. Concepcion.

Indeed this vision is fast becoming reality. From 2,000 runners in 2008 the race has grown almost 7 fold with runners flying in from difference parts of the Philippines and 18 different countries around the world to join the marathon. The Condura Skyway Marathon is the biggest full marathon and half marathon event in the country today. The race was made even more exciting this year with the introduction of the first Midnight marathon in the country and the 3k and 5k race categories running up the Skyway for the first time.

“It takes passion, attention to detail and a great team to mount an event of this caliber that even exceeds World Class standards. The Condura Skyway Marathon is an event organized by a runner for runners and that is what makes all the difference. We want to inspire everyone that something as simple as running can make such a big difference not only in your life but also in helping make our country a better place. As a symbol of this, we award every runner a medal because no matter what the distance, fast or slow, you are a winner!” shares Mr. Concepcion.

“We would not be able to mount this race without the Skyway and Operations Management Corporation headed by its President Mr. Ramon Borromeo and it Head of Operations Mr. Ed Nepomuceno, our Venue Host, Filinvest and our presenting sponsors, Summit Water and Asics. This is the team that has the vision to put the Philippines on the map!” shares Mr. Concepcion. The Condura Skyway marathon is an annual event that is held every first Sunday of February.

The Condura Skyway marathon is an annual event that is held every first Sunday of February.

 

 



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