Laguna Lake Challenge run lures big field

THE beauty and blight of Laguna de Bay and its surroundings come into focus when the Laguna Lake Challenge gets going this Saturday with close to 30 teams seeing action during the grueling two-day, 207-kilometer ultra marathon event.

"We are encouraged by the turnout of participants for the Laguna Lake Ultra Marathon Challenge, which we hope will raise public awareness for this vital water body," Laguna Lake Development Authority General Manager Edgar Manda said.

Manda said 18 teams have are so far set to compete in the team relay event organized by the Laguna de Bay Conservation Foundation in cooperation with Team Ventures Inc. and backed by the Laguna and Rizal provincial governments, Maynilad Water, Manila Water Company, San Miguel Corp. and Nestle Phils.
Manda disclosed that Army will have four entries, the Philippine National Police two, while Air Force, Coast Guard, UPLB Mountaineering, LLDA Taytay, Antipolo, Metropolitan Mountaineering Society, McDonald’s-Sta. Cruz, Run4Change, Flash Forward, Lake Dashers, Maynilad Water and Team Sagul will field one squad each.

"In the end we are looking forward to at least close to 30 teams vying in the event," said Manda, adding the competition is meant for the benefit of the Galalan Community Bamboo Forest Project in Pangil, Laguna and the livelihood Projects of the Laguna de Bay Integrated Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Management Council.

Also competing are national athletes and Kenyan runners, whose identities will be announced shortly in the race also supported by Pagcor, PCSO, GMA Kapuso Network, Ortigas and Company and Suunto watches.