THE COUNTRY’S premier pro-environment running event, the National Geographic Earth Day Run, returns for a sixth installment on April 26, 2015 (Sunday) at the SM Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City. Organizers are projecting the biggest race ever with over 20,000 participants.
In a major twist this year, a second leg will be held in Baguio City on May 24, 2015. An additional 5,000 runners are expected to sign up for the second leg.
For the second year in a row, a full marathon will be held in the Metro Manila leg. Both legs will have 21, 10 and five-kilometer categories.
Registration fees are PHP 1,500.00 for the full marathon, PHP 950.00 for 21 kilometers and PHP 750.00 for 10 kilometers. The five-kilometer race is set at PHP 650.00 for Metro Manila and PHP 500.00 for Baguio City.
The race kit includes an event singlet and race bib with timing chip. After the race, all marathon and 21-kilometer finishers will be awarded medals and finisher shirts while loot bags await all participants.
Registration has now begun at SM Aura in Taguig City up to April 19, 2015 or when supplies run out. Online registration is also ongoing at www.runrio.com/natgeorun2015.
This year’s NatGeo Earth Day Run hopes to raise money to fund a solar powered lighting and electrification project in Mindoro for the benefit of the Tawbuid Mangyan tribe as well as the forest rangers in the area. This is a continuing project of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF).
The WWF projects will definitely go a long way in the development of the Mangyans. Meanwhile, the forest rangers play a big role in the protection of the critically endangered Tamaraw.
Now a staple of the summer running calendar thanks to its longevity, the NatGeo Earth Day Run is the ideal venue for the running community to make known its pro-environment stand. A healthy environment goes hand in hand with a healthy population so register now!