02 April 2012

Magnolia Purewater Mayon 360° Albay Ultramarathon (2nd : 2012 )

The race around Mayon Volcano is back!

The Province of Albay will host the second edition of Mayon 360° Ultramarathon on April 21, Saturday. This world-class race is an 80-kilometer ultramarathon around Mayon Volcano also known internationally as a 50-mile run around the world’s most perfect coned volcano. It is the first ultramarathon event in the Bicol Region, wherein an ultramarathon means running more than the traditional marathon distance of 26 miles or 42.195 kilometers.


Runners will be taken across the circumferential scenic mountain side of the Mayon Volcano through the Pan-Philippine Highway—Sabluyun Road—Karangahan Boulevard—Tabaco-Legazpi Highway crossing 7 municipalities, 3 cities, and 77 barangays (villages) of the province of Albay.

Mayon 360° Ultramarathon was conceptualized by the Junior Chamber International (Legazpi City Chapter) in partnership with the Liga Ng Mga Barangay (Albay Chapter), Philippine Association of Ultrarunners (PAU), and through the leadership of Governor Joey Sarte Salceda that the project was funded and successfully implemented. The event was held to support the various tourism programs of the Provincial Government of Albay and considered as one of the highlights every month of April during the celebration of the Magayon Festival.

In its second year, the event is now dubbed as Magnolia Purewater Mayon 360° Albay Ultramarathon, which reflects the entry of a major corporate sponsor, Magnolia Purewater, signifying that Magayon Festival is gaining market traction!

Through the concerted efforts of the barangays, runners will be welcomed with aid stations every five kilometers. Local folks along the route will showcase their hospitality, provide information about their barangay, and give encouragement and support to runners. This same support at the grassroots barangay level, with close to 700 volunteers, made the 1st  edition of Mayon 360° Ultramarathon a resounding success and garnered the Philippines’ Best Sports Tourism Event award given by the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines.

Magnolia Purewater Mayon 360° Albay Ultramarathon will be giving cash prizes of more than P230,000 with separate categories for local and international runners. The event is currently the cheapest ultramarathon (P850 only) in the country.  Said race is sanctioned by PAU as one its official races. A pre-race briefing will be held on April 20 at 5 PM at the Albay Provincial Capitol Building where the participants will be treated to a carbo-loading party. The race has a 15-hour cut off time and will start at 4AM on April 21 at the Peñaranda Park, Legazpi City.

For complete event information, please visit Mayon360.com.

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