Blue Knights Track league 2nd leg Aug. 1

THE SECOND leg of the Blue Knights Track League Season 2 will be held this Saturday, August 1 at 6:30 a.m. at the Fr. Martinez Sports Center Track Oval of the Ateneo de Davao University in Matina.

“We’re expecting more than 100 athletes now from different schools in Region 11 and even from Koronadal City,” said Coach Airnel Abarra of the Ateneo de Davao Athletics Office at the SCOOP Session of The Royal Mandaya Hotel last July 28.

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RUNNING COACH. Prof. Airnel Talatala Abarra of the Ateneo de Davao University Athletics office talks on the 2nd leg of the Blue Knights Track League set on Aug. 1 at the ADDU Matina campus during the weekly SCOOP Session of The Royal Mandaya Hotel last Tuesday. (Photo by Emiliano Bacalla/SCOOP)

The categories are the Open/Senior (18-35 yrs. Old) for men and women, Youth/Junior (13-17) for boys and girls; Kids (12 years old and below) for boys and girls; and Masters Open (35 and above) for men and women.

The opening event is the time trials for the 10,000m Open followed by the 200m Youth (girls and boys), 200m Kids (girls and boys), 200m Open, 800m Youth (girls and boys), 800m Kids (girls and boys), 800m Open, 4x400m Youth (boys and girls) and the 4x400m Kids (boys and girls).

After the awarding ceremony, the Athletics Clinic for Athletes and Coaches will be conducted at 10 a.m.

“We also give free food for the athletes before and after the competition,” Abarra said.

The competition is still part of the First Conference which ends in October. The Second Conference is set on November to February 2016.

“The first 2-3 (3) sessions/legs is for the time trials while the last month is for the grand finals,” he said.

The winner for both conferences will be declared as “grand slam winners”. Each winning athlete will be given points that will be used as basis to qualify for the grand finals.

The first leg held last month was attended by 130 athletes with former Asian Games champion Elma Muros and recent Southeast Asian Games finalist Khay Santos as the invited special guests.

“The Blue Knights Track League not only serves as an alternative venue for athletes in the region to get fully exposed on a regular and consistently run meet, but also to learn from their idols in athletics through a track clinic after the competition,” said Abarra.

Both Muros and Santos both shared their challenges, experiences and struggles as national athletes so that athletes can realize that they must be strong both in mind and body to reach their goals.

After the competition this Saturday, running coach and former national team member Saturnino “Titus” Salazar of Team Titus Runners will talk about race walking to the participants.

The Blue Knights Track League is sanctioned by the Philippine Amateur Track and Field (Patafa) and supported by the City Sports Development Division-City Mayor’s Office. – LITO DELOS REYES/SCOOP

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