Summit Water CamSur Marathon Registrati​on Opens June 1, 2011

The CAMSUR Marathon event of last year was one of the most memorable marathon events of 201o in the Philippines. Why? Because it provided a perfect setting for running a marathon – a great route and a great community. CamSur locals really lined-up the streets that were part of the marathon route and tirelessly cheered on every runner. 🙂

This year’s edition of the Summit Water CamSur Marathon is again one event being looked-forward to by the running community. As this year’s event was confirmed to happen on the last Sunday of September – September 25 to be crystal clear, news about the opening of registration became a well-anticipated fact.

So now folks,  as Gov. LRay himself approved, the registration for the Summit Water CamSur Marathon 2011 will officially open on June 1, 2011 (Wednesday). Here are some of the race details that I was given the clearance to share with all of you folks:

1. Registration Sites: ROX, RunnR, CamSur, online

2. Categories:  3km, 5km, 10km, 21km local, 21km foreign, 42km local, 42km foreign

3. Only 10km, 21km and 42km will have dtags.

 Oh I know you all are curious to know about the FEES. Can I just say that from what I saw, there was not much of an increase? But then again, you folks be the judge. Don’t worry complete details will be made available soon as we near the registration date opening.

Meanwhile, for those of you who are targetting to participate in this race, I suggest that now is the best time to save-up, book a promo/budget airfare to CamSur and most importantly, TRAIN to have your own memorable and fun racing experience at the CWC – CamSur.

Cheers! 🙂


The Summit Water CamSur Marathon – A runner’s feedback

One of the great things about running and maintaining a blog was the opportunity to get to know people who value the same passion I have with the sport. Suffice to say, my network of friends and acquaintances grew through these. What I really did not expect before was the possibility of me exchanging correspondences from  strangers I haven’t even met yet but because of running, it’s as if we have a foundation for friendship that can be easily built from.

One of those “virtual friends” I really look forward to meeting is Macky de Lima, an employee of the First Balfour and an alumna of the Ateneo de Naga High School Class of 1983.  Being a Bicolano, Macky signed-up for the CamSur Marathon, targetting to run the full marathon distance  together with his HS Batch/Classmates Bobby Castilla, Ruben Fajardo & Allen Tolledo. When I received his email yesterday telling me his story of them successfully finishing the full (it was his second, the first being the TBR Dream Marathon last May and his classmates’ first!), I right then and there thought that it is worth posting in this blog. I don’t know if it is just “emo me” but there is something heartwarming when I hear or read stories about people finishing their 42k race. Maybe because it is really a very different and life-changing experience. For Macky, it is even both an accomplishment and a tool for encouraging friends, officemates and classmates to take on running as a leisure but healthy sport. So without much further ado, here is Macky’s CamSur Marathon experience in his own words.

I am back  in Ortigas  from Bicol after the Camsur Marathon.  It was a priceless experience for me as it was my first time to run a race or fun run in my home province of Camarines Sur.  What made it more special is that I was able to recruit 3 of my high school classmates (Ateneo de Naga HS Batch 1983) to join me in running the marathon.  For my 3 classmates, this was their first ever full marathon, for one even, it was his first ever race  to join.  With the grace of our patroness Our Lady of Penafrancia, and thanks to the 16-week training program I got from my TBR   Dream Marathon experience  last May, all 4 of us finished the 42.195 marathon.

As always, we are impressed with the race organizing skills of Coach Rio and his team.  Anticipating the humid  conditions of the marathon, there were more water stations at the later stages of the race (almost at 500 meter intervals for the last 10 kms).  Riding his motor scooter, Coach Rio was all over the race route checking on the participants, particularly the ones lagging behind.    Credit also to the provincial government for endeavoring in the event.

What I will most remember of my Camsur Marathon experience is the warmth and kindness of the spectator crowds in the rural areas who trooped to watch the runners for the whole marathon route.  Kids and adults alike were slapping  high fives with the runners.  Greetings of good morning and clapping were generously shared by the crowds to spur on the runners.  It was a festive and interactive run for the participants.  A special and priceless experience for me and my hs classmates.  We will surely be running the Camsur Marathon come 2011.

I share a few pics.

Macky posing with Bicolano kids holding a welcome poster for CamSur Marathon participants

getting heat relief from a support crew

this pic was originally captioned as “with a runner from Legaspi” but I was really surprised to see the runner to be Happy Feet’s Leia and the other guy to be MonAllen (second from left) and fellow runners helping each other to finish

Macky’s classmate receiving high fives from expectators

Allen proudly finishes second to last his first running race ever and gained new friends too

with coach rio at the finishline

Congratulations Macky, Bobby, Ruben and Allen and also Leia and Mon for finishing the CamSur full. Congratulations too to the Runrio group as headed by Coach Rio, the Event King team headed by Princess Galura and Gov. LRay Villafuerte together with the people of CamSur for a very successful running event.

Not to forget, many thanks Macky and hope to run with you soon!

The CamSur Marathon 2010

In the past, I have always just known the Bicol Region to be the province where the Mayon Volcano can be found. I have never even thought about CamSur (or more known as Camarines Sur at that time) ever. Heck, I just know Albay and Legaspi!

But then lately, when somebody mentions CamSur, it is almost always synonymous to the wakeboarding or the Ironman 70.3 race that was held last year and oh, several Survivor series. These have all been possible because of the emergence of CWC – the CamSur Water Sports Complex, the famous venue for all the events I have just mentioned earlier. Now, from that poor province of the Bicol Region, CamSur is now among the richest provinces in the Philippines.

I can’t help but feel in awe and proud of CamSur as I listen to Gov. Lray Villafuerte talk about it yesterday at the presscon/launch of the Summit Water CamSur Marathon at the Dusit Thani Hotel. As good friend Mariel and I have concluded, the governor did a very fine job with Camarines Sur. To which I can just exclaim – “Ang galing ni Gov!”. 😀

Gov. LRay Villafuerte

With all the good things being said about CamSur and CWC, wouldn’t you be interested to see and experience the transformation yourself ? I surely would! And the scheduled CamSur Marathon is just about the best chance to go there and do something that will surely make one’s trip and stay worth it. 

The Summit Water Camsur Marathon is pegged to be the biggest Marathon in Southeast Asia. Let’s all Race to Rebuild the Nation!

Here then folks are the race details I was able to gather for this race that is touted to be the  “Biggest Marathon to be held in Southeast Asia”.

CamSur Marathon 2010

“Race to Rebuild the Nation”
26 September, 2010
CamSur Water Sports Complex (CWC), CamSur

during the Q&A portion

1. TARGET NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS: 20,000 local and international participants


event fees

a. Local Registration (for those residing in the Philippines)
– Regular Registration : March 1 to August 10, 2010 (race kits are available upon registration)
– Late Registration : August 11, 2010 to September 12, 2010
b. Online Registration (for both LOcal and International Registrants)
– March 1, 2010 to September 5, 2010
* International registrants refer to those who are residing outside the Philippines
* Registration may be closed earlier due to race kits availability
* Singlets will be given to all registered runners
* For online registrants, race kits will be delivered between September 19 to 24, 2010. Courier charges wil be applied on top of the race fees.
* Only international participants may claim their race kits at CWC from September 20 to 25, 2010

Interested participants can register at the following venues:
a. Timex Branches
– Mall of Asia
– Glorietta
– Megamall
– Southmall
b. RUNNR Store at Bonifacio High Street
c. Republ1c Branches
– La Fuerza
– Eastwood
– Trinoma
– Westgate
d. CWC
*ONLINE Registration is also available at



a. Gawad Kalinga “Bayanihan Run” Category
– Here, participating groups will race as a team of 15 and commit to pledge to raise funds to build GK communities for the poorest of the poor, with at least minimum of one house to building an entire Legacy Village for a period of three months from June 24 to September 24.
b. The D-Tag timing device

the D-Tag

– In this race, RUNRIO will be making use of the disposable D-TAG timing device. The D-tag, just like the disposable timing chip that we came to know and like, is also attached to the shoe but is said to be less intrusive and far lighter. It makes use of the RFID technology and will be the same timing device to be used in the coming ING New York Marathon in November.
* Check back for more information about the D-Tag in future posts. 🙂

a. Main Beneficiary – Gawad Kalinga
– a nation-building organization founded by Tony Meloto that builds houses for poor communities and aims to empower poverty-stricken Filipinos through dignity restoration and values transformation.

Founder of Gawad Kalinga Tony Meloto

b. Organ Donor Card Awareness Drive
– Headed by Director Enrique Ona of the National Kidney Transplant Institution (NKTI), the Organ Donor Card has amassed numerous supporters including Dawn Zulueta

Dawn Zulueta, here with hosts Tricia Chiongbian and Marc Nelson as she talks about the Organ Donor Card Awareness Drive

Celebrities among them Dyan Castillejo, Tessa Prieto-Valdez nd Ernie Lopez show-off their Organ Donor Cards during the presscon

c. K.I.D.S Foundation
– as supported by Diether Ocampo, this foundation aims to uplift the standards of living of the youth.

For other race information or accomodation/travel details, check out the race’s official website by clicking HERE.


presscon at the Dusit Thani Hotel


With the much sought after CamSur Watersports Complex (CWC) and its world-class wakeboarding facilities as its centerpiece, it’s not at all surprising why the province of Camarines Sur or simply CamSur was voted as the number one tourist destination in the country in 2009.

Venue for some of the most prestigious international competitions such as the Ironman 70.3, World Wakeboard Championships, Asian Wakeboard Championships, and the International Dragon Boat Festival, CamSur’s equally famous Caramoan Islands have also become home to several franchises (France, Bulgaria, Serbia, Israel, Turkey and Sweden) of the long-running show, Survivor.

This September, CamSur is once again the site of another world-class sporting event – the first-ever CamSur Marathon 2010 “Race to Rebuild the Nation”. “As part of our continued efforts to pursue nation-building, the CamSur Marathon 2010 aims to be the premiere running event in the country to gather 20,000 participants,” declares Governor Villafuerte. “The Camsur Marathon will feature elite runners from all over the world amidst the setting of mountains and greeneries.” Designed to be included among the ranks of the New York, Vienna and Boston marathons, the local government of Governor LRay Villafuerte is vying for the international accreditation of CamSur Marathon 2010.

With 3K, 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K runs, the marathon is intended to mainly benefit Gawad Kalinga, a nation-building organization founded by Tony Meloto that builds houses for poor communities and aims to empower poverty-stricken Filipinos through dignity restoration and values transformation. This marathon is also for the benefit of the Organ Donor Card awareness drive. Headed by Director Enrique Ona of the National Kidney Transplant Institution (NKTI), the Organ Donor Card has amassed numerous supporters including Aga and Charlene Muhlach, Dawn Zulueta, Mikee Conjuangco, Martin Nievera, Derek Ramsey, Angelica Panganiban, Karylle, Iza Calzado, Carla Abellana, Gerald Anderson and many more. Another beneficiary is the K.I.D.S Foundation as supported by Diether Ocampo which aims to uplift the standards of living of the youth. Villafuerte says, “The vision of these organizations serve as inspiration for the Camsur Marathon.”

Race Director Coach Rio dela Cruz shares, “After close to a year of preparation, our dream of organizing a bona- fide international marathon here in the Philippines has finally materialized. This historic running event aims to attract local and foreign athletic delegates, running celebrities, and runners of all fitness levels. The Camsur Marathon is sure to be race worthy and of international stature.”

One of the highlights of the CamSur Marathon 2010 is the Gawad Kalinga “Bayanihan Run” category. Here, participating groups will race as a team of 15 and commit to pledge to raise funds to build GK communities for the poorest of the poor, with at least minimum of one house to building an entire Legacy Village for a period of three months from June 24 to September 24.

The CamSur Marathon 2010 is also presented by the Department of Tourism with Summit Water and Smart Communications as major sponsors. Other sponsors are Timex, 100 Plus, Nature Valley and the Philippine Star.

The dynamic young governor promises a wonderful time at CamSur for all local and international participants of the CamSur Marathon 2010. “Our world-class sports amenities and accommodations will entice you to stay a little longer,” Governor Villafuerte confidently assures. “Our secret hideaways await your discovery and we are certain that you will want to explore the nooks and crannies of fascinating Camsur.”

Join and express your desire to rebuild the nation with Camsur. Visit for more details.