March 10, 2019
Clark Global City
Thousands of runners gathered once again at Clarkfield, Pampanga for the annual fundraiser of De La Salle Alumni Association – Pampanga Chapter, the Tata Consultancy Services – Clark Animo International Marathon. Going all out on their 10th year, the association got the race course IAAF certified for the first time. This means that the course is recognized to meet international marathon standards set by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). In order to stage this momentous event, they also partnered with Clark Global City as the presentor and their open grounds was perfect for this event. “We are very happy to accommodate around 11,000 visitors all in all including runners, guests, and sponsors in this rapidly developing area of Clark” Atty Melvin Panlilio, president of DLSAA-P remarked. “[We transferred] the event area from Clark parade grounds to CGC for the first time since our first year. This is a change that must be done in order to accommodate our guests.“ Getting around the event area was very convenient with ample parking space and shuttle service provided by Genesis Bus company.
A cool 20-degree early morning run was just what our athletes needed to break their PRs on this day. Kenyan national Albert Omboga finished with a speedy 02:55:50.963 time, making him the very first TCS-Clark Animo International Marathon winner. The female marathoners were equally quick led by Jocelyn Elijeran who finished first. Not far behind were Lea Fe Mediana and Carolyn Marie Florey who finished second and third place, respectively. David Kipkoech Kipsang was the first to cross the finish line from the 21km category with a blazing time of 01:15:17.140. A complete list of winners and finishers can be found here.
“Animo did a great job keeping us hydrated with water and pocari alternating every kilometer” said Ryan Tan, a 42km runner. Celebrity runner Bubbles Paraiso was only one of many runners who took advantage of the course and beat her personal record (PR) according to her instagram post. Runners were welcomed at the event area by more sponsors like Pocari Sweat, Clark Water, Smart Communications, Pampanga’s Best, Kenny Roger’s Roasters, Anytime Fitness, Colorsteel, 2go Express, Le Mans (Mitsubishi), and New Balance to name a few. A complete list of sponsors can be found here. Interested sponsors for next year can give letter of intent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This annual event gives funding for the development and maintenance of various charity works of De La Salle Alumni Association – Pampanga Chapter. Aries Patawaran, chairman of the Animo Marathon, explains “One of our beneficiaries is the Sapang Bato Water Shed. We plant trees there yearly and monitor the sustainable growth of these trees.” Aside from the water shed, we also support the development of soon to rise De La Salle Botanical Garden in Porac, Pampanga and the Yellow Boat Foundation which gives free transportation for students of Pampanga’s coastal areas for their daily educational needs.
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