“This was organized by Without Limits and sponsored by Veterans Bank and some other companies in coordination with the provincial and city governments. It is a fun run for families to give tribute to veterans,” Alacar said.
Gov. Albert Raymond Garcia said it was one of the activities lined-up before the culmination of the observance of the 72nd Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9 in Mt. Samat. He participated in the 5-K run.
“It was a successful event with some officials of the United States Embassy coming,” the governor said.
Mayors Jesse Concepcion and wife Cleoty of Mariveles, Gene dela Fuente of Samal and Gila Garcia of Dinalupihan with some mayors’ wives and children were among the local officials who participated in the early morning race.
Dan Rice, one of the American runners in the 50-K category, said he participated last March in the Death March run from Mariveles to San Fernando, Pampanga, a span of more than 100 kilometers.
“The 50-K run was very hard because Mt. Samat is very tall but it was nighttime and the view was beautiful,” he said. Rice finished 3rd overall out of 15 racers in the category.
The 50-K runners started at the capitol starting line a few seconds past midnight of Saturday and arrived at the finish line at the capitol grounds a little before 7:00 a.m. of Sunday.
Herb Daniels, another American runner in the 10-K category said it was a great run that was well-supported. “It will be a good opportunity to run next year,” he said.