Although the Cebu Marathon is not as recognizable as some bigger races around the world, the event in the Philippines remains just as exciting as any of its kind.
While some runners will take part only in the 21-kilometer race, the true challenge is running the full 42 kilometers, equal to about 26 miles. To make things harder, the small island features plenty of mountainous terrain to make the route incredibly tough to run.
Only about 1,300 people will try to prove they can accomplish this feat, according to the official start list.
Even if there are not any big names at the race, anyone who finishes can be proud of this impressive athletic accomplishment. Here is a look at all of the info you need for the event.
Where: Cebu City, Philippines
Date: Sunday, Jan. 12
Start Time: 3 a.m. local time
Full Route Map (via Cebu Marathon Official Site)
Unlike the major marathons around the world, few big names will be competing and looking to break records. However, the local and international runners still have the same goal in mind: finishing in the shortest possible time.
To make things interesting, the race starts at the early hours of the morning to avoid the heat. Of course, this also creates some exciting views during the run as the sun starts to rise.
Some of that can be seen in this recap of last year's event:
Another thing that makes this marathon different than others is the awesome medal given out to all the finishers:
If you are walking around with that after completing the run, you cannot help but feel proud of yourself.
Still, the beauty of a marathon is that you do not need to prove anything to anyone after completing it. This is especially true with the rough terrain around Cebu City.
The truth is that a finisher—whether the person is a veteran or just starting in the sport—can accomplish anything.
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