05 October 2009

Kenyan eyes Subic marathon defense

KENYAN RUNNER NELSON KIRWA Rotich leads the foreign charge when he defends his title in the 2nd Smart Subic International Marathon that starts at the Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway and ends at Remy Field on Oct. 24 and 25 in Subic Bay, Olongapo City.

Rotich, who clocked 2 hours, 27 minutes and 11 seconds to nip Filipino Eduardo Buenavista (2:27:56) for the title last year, headlines a field expected to reach 10,000 that will negotiate a scenic route that will pass through Floridablanca, Pampanga.

Speaking at the PSA Forum on Tuesday, Subic marathon founder Gen. Sam Tucay (ret.) and race organizer Adi delos Reyes said that at least 30 Kenyan runners have confirmed their participation in the event, along with a slew of participants from the United States, Australia and China.

The marathon will veer away from the traditional early morning start with the race firing off at 4 p.m. on Oct. 24.

Apart from the regular 42K race, 21K, 10K, 5K and 3K events will be held simultaneously the following day.

More than P1.2 million in prize money will be at stake in the event with the men’s champion receiving $5,000, Delos Reyes said. (Phil. Daily Inquirer)