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Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. said that the event will help boost the tourism potential of untrue news report.
The governor said that although the network that aired the baseless news is exerting effort to mitigate the damage, the province is embarking on more innovative ways to promote tourism in Pangasinan.
The scheduled international ultra marathon, according to him, is one of the many forthcoming events which will help regain Pangasinan’s slot among the best places in the country to visit and conduct business.
Meanwhile, Alaminos City Mayor Arthur F. Celeste thanked the organizers as he urged all marathon aficionados to join the grand event and experience Pangasinan’s “best ever sports-tourism event” of the year.
It can be recalled that Hundred Islands Park is among the hardest hit tourist destinations in Pangasinan when guests got scared of a news report on an alleged flesh-eating disease that was later proven to be baseless.
Earlier bookings were cancelled in many hotels throughout the western part of the province after the report went viral in the social media.
With the holding of the two-day marathon, Celeste expressed confidence that Pangasinan will bounce back as a major tourist destination in the country.
The ultra marathon is a two-in-one event with the 100-km race flagging off Saturday evening (March 15) from the Lucap wharf of Alaminos, the home of the Hundred Islands, and passing through the towns of Bani, Anda, and Bolinao and back to the wharf.
The other is a 50-kilometer marathon on Sunday morning of March 16 will start from Bolinao on to the Lucap wharf.
Among those who have signified their intention to join the 100-km race, which offers a total pot of P300,000, are 2013 The North Face 100K Challenge champion Arnold Lozano of Baguio City and reigning BDM 100K king Joel Bengtay of La Trinidad, Benguet.
Also confirming their participation are some Kenyan runners and another “surprise” elite runner from London, he added.
The men’s and women’s champions in the Hundred Islands Ultra Marathon will receive P100,000 each, the runner’s-up and third placers, P30,000 and P20,000, respectively.
In the 50K marathon, the winners will get P20,000 each, while the second and third placers get P10,000 and P7,000, respectively.
Registration fee is P3,500 for the ultra marathon and P3,000 for the second event.