The City Government of Marikina headed by Mayor Del Guzman in partnership with the Rotary Club of Marikina and with RUNRIO INC. as co-organizer will be holding the 3rd Del Run, a sporting event dedicated to the protection of the Marikina Watershed and the prevention of its further degradation. It is scheduled on April 13, 2014 at 4:00 PM.
Race registration fee of PhP600.00 includes:
- singlet balle
- race bib with timing chip
- baller band
- water bottle first 1500 only
Runners may register at:
- Toby’s SM Megamall and SM North EDSA
- R.O.X. BGC
- Marikina City Hall Quadrangle
- Marikina Sports Center
The proceeds of last year’s run went to the care and maintenance of the trees, remuneration of caretakers assigned at the site and the construction of a seedling nursery.
From the original 20 hectares allotted to Marikina city by the DENR, another 200 hectares were added. Runners supported in the planting of 6,000 saplings of hard wood species, 7,000 seedlings of robusta coffee and 950 seedlings of various varieties of trees in the area.
This year’s run will fund planting more trees – 100,000 saplings of robusta coffee – and caretaker fees to ensure sustainability of works done at the Marikina Watershed.
That’s a lot of coffee and during the briefing, I couldn’t help but ask if Marikina wants to position itself as the new coffee producer of the country. The mayor himself, Mayor Del Guzman explained that they chose coffee trees because studies show that they are complimentary for good watershed management. Also, coffee unlike hardwood provides a sustainable livelihood for the caretakers better than hardwood which often times are harvested.
I was quite impressed with the sustainability aspect Marikina’s watershed project. And as an Ondoy victim, I wish we could all support this run. They’ve got a plan and it could work.
Let’s support the MARIKINA WATERSHED Del Run 3 on April 13, 2014.