More than 2,000 runners from 26 various schools in the region came to cheer and run for their respective schools marking the birth of the WNCAA/MNCAA Mindanao at the break of dawn on Sunday at the Abreeza Mall grounds.
The 3-kilometer non-competition run organized by Bravetower Events Promotions for the newly-minted Women’s/Men’s National Collegiate Athletic Association Mindanao Chapter served as the opening highlight of the inaugural season of the new sports association which has thus far some 30 members schools all over Mindanao.
Atty. Ma. Fe Alano, representing Commissioner Akiko Thomson-Guevarra of Philippine Sports Commission, WNCAA/MNCAA Mindanao director Arlene De Vera, Brokenshire College President Leopoldo Naïve and a host of school representatives led the break-of-dawn run which saw delegations flagged off per school.
AMA Computer College was first to be flagged off while Cor Jesu College of Digos City was the last batch. The runners, mostly NSTP, PE and varsity students, brought their school banners and wore their school colors.
Brokenshire College came in with the biggest delegation in the event dubbed as WNCAA/MNCAA Mindanao Pep Rally Run “Run to express your School Spirit.” Also coming gin with huge contingents are University of Southeastern Philippines, University of Mindanao, San Pedro College and Holy Cross of Davao College.
Jierty Calderon, a varsity athletics student of Brokenshire College, was first to finish the run which was supported by Smart Telecommunications, Abreeza Mall, City Government of Davao, Philippine Sports Commission, Mindanao Travel Channel, Mindanao Daily Mirror, Gold Star Daily, 102.7 FM One Radio, Mindanao Tribune, and Mindanao Times. (pr)