Cycling event honors slain photojournalist

Subscribe Now November 15, 2011 at 06:58pm

A BICYCLING fund-raising event, dubbed as "Padyak Para Kay Boyd, Para sa Burn Center," is set to honor slain photojournalist Gene Boyd Lumawag on November 20 in Davao City. The first cycling event is to pay tribute to Lumawag, and at the same time to raise funds for the indigent patients at the Mindanao Burn Center of the Southern Philippines Medical Center.

In commemoration of Lumawag's 7th death anniversary on November 12, the Mindanao News Service organized the event in partnership with the Federation of Off-Road Cycling Enthusiasts (Force) and raceLink-Race officers and promotions.

Southeast Asian Games cycling gold medalist Dominic Carpio said the event will have five categories for the mid-race, junior (13 to 18 years old), senior (19 to 29 years old), veterans (30 to 39 years old), masters (40 to 50 years old) and ladies open.

Carpio of the Davao Pobreng Bikers Association (Dapoba) said participating riders will take two separate routes, one for the 10-kilometer ride and another for the 40-kilometer ride.

Dapoba technical director Rafael Cruzada said the 40-kilometer fun ride will have a 10-kilometer race midway taking the route of Barangay Langub to Barangay Magtuod.

Cruzada said about 20 percent of the 200 expected participants will join in the midway race that will entail eight to ten-kilometer uphill rides. He said only professional bikers are allowed in the race.

He also assured of the safety of the bikers, saying there will be one expert biker who will marshal a group of 20 participating riders. The marshals will be positioned at the lead, in the middle where kids and women will be placed, and at the back to ensure no one will be left behind.

Barangay risk reduction and disaster preparedness units will also be tapped, and medical teams from the Red Cross and Central 911 will be requested to provide safety and medical support.

Carpio said medals and prizes will be awarded to the top three sprint winners in all categories, while special prizes will be given for the kid winners, riders on cosplay and best dressed bike.

He said they are expecting 35 bike clubs and 12 groups mostly from the government to join and help in the event.

Interested participants are required to pay a registration fee of P250 each to cover souvenir shirt, lunch, certificate and a raffle stub.

Event secretariat head and PDI Mindanao Bureau editorial staff Joselle Badilla said that registration forms are available at the Philippine Daily Inquirer office (2nd Floor, Pink Walters Bldg., Quimpo Blvd.), Mindanao Times (UMBN Bldg., Ponciano cor PalmaGil Streets), 3M-J Trading (Buhangin and Matina branches), Norkis-Davao (Lanang Branch) and VHMK Marketing (Bangoy St. near Agdao).

Rene Lumawag, Davao's veteran photojournalist and father of Gene Boyd, was grateful for the holding of the event, saying that media colleagues still involve his son in this cause of helping the needy.

The elder Lumawag recalled that aside from being a sports enthusiast, Gene Boyd also had always a heart for the poor people and was fond of children.

Gene Boyd was shot dead while taking sunset photos for Mindanews at the Jolo pier on November 12, 2004. He was 26 years old.

Badilla said that the cycling event is also timely with the celebration of the Mindanao Week of Peace on November 24 to 30 that reiterates "the call for peace and justice for Gene Boyd Lumawag and other victims of violence in Mindanao."


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