No less than Erwin “Pastour” Emata, the first Filipino Everester in 2006, is organizing a five-kilometer Camp and Run event in Panglao for the debut of a friend’s coco farm resort in the tourist town of Panglao about 17 kilometers from here.
The two-day event will gather the participants to an optional camping on the first day on December 17 in Bohol Coco Farm in barangay Libaong, Panglao.
Participants can bring their own tent or rent from Bohol Coco Farm.
The trail run on the second day will commence from Bohol Coco Farm down to the white sand beach of Panglao, passing through a portion of the highway then to Dumaluan Beach, White Plains resort, Amarela Resort and other resorts along the way towards the barangay hall of Libaong and back to Bohol Coco Farm.
“It’s a demanding yet fun-filled adventure trail run activity by running race routes that will take through some of the most scenic and new development sights and scenery which are not usually experienced by ordinary visitors to these places and Panglao town,” Emata said.
Emata said they are expecting around 500 participants from Mindanao, Manila, Cebu and local fun runners.
Registration is pegged at P250 for the run and optional P250 for the camping.
Registration had started November 14.
“It’s actually a semi-trail run, not the traditional flat running. There will be lateral move since fun run is an in-thing nowadays.
“Since Bohol Coco Farm is into natural farming, we came up with the concept on semi-trail run. Five kilometers can be finished in just one hour even by brisk walking. But the entire fun run event can reach three hours,” said Emata.
With a month away, participants can prepare by starting with normal walking for a kilometer on the first week, then inch on two kilometers the following week, Emata added.
“We also expect some participants to be tempted to stroll along the coastal side. But just the same, the five-kilometer fun run can’t even burn much calories.”
There will be water stations in all junctions and coco fiber rope will cordon the entire route. An Emergency Medical Team will also be positioned along the race course.
Also helping in organizing the event is Dax Ang, technical director of Everest Outdoors—a company formed as an offshoot of the 2006 Mt. Everest experience of which Emata serves as race director.
Ang said they have to limit participants to a maximum of 500 in consideration of the impact to environment since the route will pass some trails and that it’s not just on time element.
Ang said the trail run aims to develope public interest in agri-tourism and its developmental activities; and driving public awareness in promoting natural healthy lifestyle, protection and wellness program.
It will also provide an opportunity for participants to challenge themselves physically and mentally, as well as develop teamwork and leadership skills, he added.
In the camping, Philippine Coconut Authority provincial manager Timoteo Lago Jr. will give a briefing on coco farming, while Bohol Coco Farm owner, Efren de Guzman will talk about natural farming and other speakers to give tips on basic camping and basic safety tips.
As the main sponsor, De Guzman said they will serve natural refreshments since Bohol Coco Farm showcases green vacation, farm dining, veggie burgers and other exotic dishes. – angeline valencia, PNA