Mayor Carlo Rabat awarded the winners of the I Love Mati – All Terrain Marathon during the 1st Leg Davao Oriental Marathon Series last February 12 at Menzi Beach Park and Campsite, Dahican, City of Mati.
Through the initiative of the Terra Runners Club (TRC) of the City of Mati in collaboration with the local government and other partner agencies, the internationally participated marathon gathered hundreds of runners competing in various categories from 42KM, 25KM, 10KM, 5KM and 3KM.
Because the I Love Mati slogans and signages of Mayor Carlo in his platform of change caused so much attraction locally as well as globally, Mati Park & Baywalk and Menzi Beach Park & Campsite where these icons strategically stand still served as the starting and finishing point respectively.
“We will mark this day as the beginning of a new organized hobby in the city and make our best to make it an annual event to promote a healthy active lifestyle for the Matinians and sports enthusiast.” Mayor Carlo said in his speech during the awarding ceremony.
The recently concluded event kicked off the first leg of the marathon series. The second leg will be launched towards the end of June, in time of the 50th founding anniversary of the Province of Davao Oriental while the third leg falls on December, overcoming the expanse of the Typhoon Pablo-hit-towns from Baganga to Boston.