“What’s your mettle made of? An island once a battleground for gallant men, now becomes a hallowed arena for daring runners to measure their speed, endurance and grit. Set against a breathtaking landscape and an unforgiving terrain, contenders will get the unique chance of becoming part of a race in reclaiming a glorious past. A heroic legacy rests in a distant bygone. The hardest race of the year looms in the distance. One history. One goal. Conquer Corregidor!”
The above-quoted statement can be read on the Conquer Corregidor event poster. If this doesn’t fuel your interest for this much-awaited running challenge, I don’t know what else will. Read on for the finalized details of this much-awaited running challenge.
Corregidor, also known as The Rock, was dubbed as the last bastion of the Allies during World War II. It holds a distinct place in the nation’s dynamic history as it played a vital role in holding off the advancement of the invading forces then. Situated west of Manila, it served as a vital fortress at the mouth of Manila Bay.
What now serves as a moving memorial for the courage, gallantry, and heroism of its defenders may soon become a touchstone of ultimate running athleticism as Hypehouse Production Company and Sun Cruises bring “Conquer Corregidor!”. Set to fire off on December 6, “Conquer Corregidor!” is expected to thrill, surprise, and challenge, all at the same time, seasoned and amateur runners alike as it will test their mettle on all running terrains. The race route, covering 10 miles, will encompass a demanding combination of paved uphills and downslopes and intermittent segments of dirt trails. But what would really set apart “Conquer Corregidor!” from the usual running experience of avid runners is that it will exceptionally transport the race participants to key historical hotspots of the remarkable isle. Right at the start of the race, the runners will experience at once an adrenaline rush as they zoom past the full length of the Malinta Tunnel. The exhilaration continues to unfold as the runners exit the tunnel’s west access en route to the interior of the atoll. The thrilling highlight of the race surges as the runners negotiate the tricky span of a thickly foliaged trail draped in rays of sunlight, culminating in a run along the rocky cliff of the island with a breathtaking view of Manila Bay, to dramatically finish at the south dock breakwater facing the vast South China Sea.
“Conquer Corregidor!” will be an extraordinary opportunity for passionate runners to set new norm for personal achievement as finishing the race will be akin to recapitulating a fortress that is home to the resilient and valiant.
PROJECTED PROFILE OF PARTICIPANTS:
Owing to the foreseen difficulty of the terrain and the logistical challenge of the venue, the slots for participation in the race will be limited to 750 only, with a possible 250 additional slots for last-minute registrants.
Based on the foregoing participation levels of previous major races held in Metro Manila, it is anticipated that “Conquer Corregidor!” will attract a wide-spectrum of participant-runners, ranging from the intermediate recreational to the hardcore runners, majority of which are urban professionals and the so-called “weekend-warriors”. The level and caliber of participants may be further boosted with the expected entry of elite racers.
In terms of demographics, it is estimated that around 80% of expected participants will be male, while a good 20% will be comprised by female runners. Majority of the runner participants are anticipated to come from the ABC socio-economic stratum. The age of participants is projected to range between 20 to 40 years old. However, this does not discount the high probability that “Conquer Corregidor” may also draw in participation from a number of fit teenagers and groups of masters-category runners.
November 9 to 29, 2009 (store hours: 10am to 9pm)
Second Wind (Maginhawa St., UP Village)
R.O.X. (Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City)
Registration fee: Php 1,000.00
-Round trip ferry transportation (Manila-Corregidor-Manila)
-Corregidor entrance fee
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A limited edition, CONQUER CORREGIDOR Souvenir T-Shirt is also available for sale at PHP 300. Here is how it looks like:
For inquiries regarding the event please contact our committee heads listed below:
JP DEMONTAÑO – 409-2948 / 0918-3582017
EDWARD KHO – 0915-9990187
Hotel and Ferry:
KRISTINE CASTRO – 527-5555 ext 4512 to 13 / 0917-8681762
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OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS:
THE CORREGIDOR MAP: