Runners from different parts of the country and even abroad are expected to join the 6th Dumaguete Adventure Marathon in this city on Nov.18, 2012.
Foundation University spearheads the sports activity that helps promote wellness and healthy environment through marathon.
The 6th Dumaguete Adventure Marathon (DAM) was launched recently at the Robinsons Mall Atrium here attended by by Dumaguete Mayor Manuel Sagarbarria, Mayor Ricky Gonzalez of Valencia, Angelo Tiongson representing the provincial government, FU President Mira Sinco and other important personalities.
According to Dr. Aparicio Mequi, Director of the Youth Sports for Peace (YSP) of Foundation University, there are four unique reasons why Dumaguete Adventure Marathon has been identified as one of the best in the country.
These include the promotion of wellness and healthy environment; conservation as strategy for food sustainability; supporting objectives to make Negros Oriental a tourism hub in the Visayas; and promoting and preserving the Filipino culture.
He added that the marathon has the best natural trail compared to other areas like in bigger cities.
Dr. Mequi said the activity is made more important as the country celebrates year 2013 as the National Year of Rice. Philippine Rice Research Institute (PRRI) representatives will be coming to Dumaguete on November 18 for the launching of the National Year of Rice in the Philippines.
Mequi added that the PRRI is one of the active supporters of the DAM since it started. The DAM consistently promotes the preservation and conservation of rice as staple food.
Hazel Antonio, representative of PRRI, said they are thankful that Foundation University and the local government unit in Negros Oriental are supporting the campaign in rice production and conservation.
Mayor Sagarbarria explained the city government continues to promote healthy lifestyle and environmental preservation through the implementation of two ordinances on anti-smoking and anti-plastic bags use.
He assured Foundation University that the city government will continue to pour in its support to the Dumaguete Adventure Marathon, describing the activity as a help in the increase of tourists arrivals, creating economic development and promoting wellness and healthy lifestyle.
Mayor Gonzalez extended his gratitude to the organizers of the Dumaguete Adventure Marathon for always making the municipality of Valencia as one of the areas included in the trail.